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Statement of President Jovenel Moise in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, November 25, 2017, In : Human Rights 
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The office of Haitian President  Jovenel Moïse, released a statement earlier today in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

In the statement, President Moise "reiterates the strong commitment of his administration to fight against discrimination of all kinds and gender inequalities on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls, celebrated this 25 November 2017 under the theme: "Leave no one behi...

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Haitian President strongly condemns the sales of African migrants as slaves in Libya

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, In : Human Rights 
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A recent CNN report, accompanied with a video footage showing the sales of two African migrants as slaves for $400 each, during an auction in the North African Nation of Libya, has outraged many world leaders, including Haitian President Jovenel Moise who took to Twitter on Monday to strongly condemn what many see as a return to a very dark past.


"Our African origins and our past as liberators of oppressed peoples exhort us to condemn and act against the return to the chains that is being made...

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Three Haitian police officers summoned for human rights violations

Posted by Alterpress on Monday, June 26, 2017, In : Human Rights 
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The General Directorate of the Haitian National Police (DgPnh) has summoned three policemen for human rights violations, committed on two individuals arrested on Thursday, June 22, 2017, on the charge of having participated, along with 3 other accomplices, to a gang rape of 16-year-old minor in January 2017.

The DgPnh, in a note, disapproves "with firmness, these deviant behaviors, which do not correspond to the image of this professional police, which we want to build for the country".

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Haitian social organizations rejected the new UN mission in Haiti MINUJUSTH

Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, April 16, 2017, In : Human Rights 
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Haitian social organizations on Friday rejected the installation of a new United Nations mission in Haiti following the global's organization's decision to end the current mission (Minustah) in October after 13 years of operation.

The new mission "will not improve anything, we call on the UN to leave the country permanently," said Oxygen David, one of the coalition's representatives.

The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti since 2004, will be over in the next six months


"We grassroots organization...

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Prison officials sound the alarm over malnutrition and diseases killing Haiti's inmates

Posted by hougansydney.com with AP on Monday, February 20, 2017, In : Human Rights 
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Haiti's prison officials are sounding the alarm over the horrible detention conditions of inmates, after a huge surge in the number of prisoners dying due to malnutrition and the spreading of diseases related to the inhumane and appalling unhygienic conditions in the overcrowded cells. Incidence of preventable diseases such as AIDS, malaria, and drug-resistant tuberculosis remains a serious problem. 

Last months 21 inmates died at the National Penitentiary.
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Cells made for 20 people at the Natio...

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UNICEF sounds alarm about dire conditions of Haiti's children after Hurricane Matthew

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, November 4, 2016, In : Human Rights 
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The UN Fund for Children ( UNICEF ) reported today that many children continue to suffer from a precarious situation in Haiti one month after Hurricane Matthew devastated the country. 


The storm left about 550 dead and more than one million people in need of humanitarian assistance. 

UNICEF is launching a vaccination campaign to immunize 900,000 people against cholera, taking into account water pollution caused by the storm, the epidemic could intensify. 

Radio UN spoke with the representative o...

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One dead and 3 injured during aid distribution in Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, In : Human Rights 
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A Colombian ship full of first aid items was being unloaded at the port in the southwestern town of Dame-Marie when a stampede occurred on the dock in the afternoon.

The situation went out of hand despite the presence of UN peacekeepers and the Haitian national police while the aid was being coordinated. "The Brazilian peacekeepers who were there supporting the Haitian national police fired rubber bullets and two tear-gas grenades," said Mour Wahba UN humanitarian coordinator in Haiti.

But, the...

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LGBT festival cancelled in Haiti after "serious threats" from prosecutor and Senator

Posted by Alterpresse on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, In : Human Rights 
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The Knowledge and Freedom Foundation (FOKAL) decided not to host activities of Masimadi Festival, a cultural event dedicated to issues related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT).

In a brief statement, FOKAL said that it took this decision after "serious threats" on the eve of the festival, September 27.

Screenings, lectures and discussions were scheduled for September 29 at FOKAL, while other places such as the French Institute in Haiti and the Cinematheque...

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Haiti's president urged U.N to end cholera epidemic

Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, September 24, 2016, In : Human Rights 



The interim president of Haiti Jocelerme Privert, in his speech before the U.N General Assembly in New York City, urged the world body to assume its responsibility and take the necessary steps to end the deadly cholera epidemic, which has so far claimed the lives of more than 10.000 people and sickened hundreds of thousands more in the already impoverished Caribbean nation.  

The Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday apologized for the role that the organization had in the cholera outbreak,...

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Black Mexicans deported from Mexico to Haiti for "looking like a Haitian"

Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, April 11, 2016, In : Human Rights 




More than a million people in Mexico are descendants of African slaves and identify themselves as "black", "dark" or "Afro-Mexican," although sometimes they do not have black skin. But beyond the state of Oaxaca, they are little known and community leaders are now warning against possible radical measures to obtain official recognition.

"The police made me sing the national anthem three times because they thought I was not Mexican," said el Chogo Bandeno, a black Mexican singer-songwriter. "I ...

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UN must provide justice for cholera victims

Posted by AP on Sunday, October 18, 2015, In : Human Rights 



Five years after cholera started a deadly march across this poor Caribbean country, international and Haitian human rights activists asserted Tuesday that the U.N. is failing to provide justice for the many Haitians who have died or been sickened.

Since October 2010, cholera has killed roughly 9,000 Haitians and sickened hundreds of thousands more. Scientific papers have suggested there is ample evidence to show that U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal inadvertently brought cholera to Haiti after hum...


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In less than a month Haiti will experience one of the largest humanitarian crisis in its History

Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, June 1, 2015, In : Human Rights 


In less than 25 days, Haiti will see born the beginning of the process of one of the largest humanitarian disasters in its history. Two hundred and fifty thousand (250,000) are the estimated amount of people, Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent to be expelled from the Dominican Republic to Haiti from June. What is the position of the Haitian government and civil society on this situation? What do the NGOs and organizations of Human rights of the apocalyptic shadow that will befall the ...

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Press Freedom: Haiti ranked 53rd out of 183 countries

Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, May 4, 2015, In : Human Rights 
Haiti is ranked 53rd out of 180 countries, according to the latest world ranking of press freedom and freedom of expression, by Reporters Without Borders.

Haiti experienced a regression of 6 places this year compared to last year when it was ranked in 47th position.

This decline affects almost all countries, as we see in the report. If Haiti is ranked 53th, the neighboring Dominican Republic  occupies the 63rd position.

For the fifth consecutive year Finland wins first place with a score of 7.52...

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Opinions: Haitian elites roles in Haiti's broken education system

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, In : Human Rights 
Haiti has one of the most apparent level of disparity among its citizens then any other countries in the Americas. What is most notorious about Haiti's disparity is how the level of wealth is strictly divided across the racial lines; where the lighter skinned, or the so called mulattoes are usually the wealthiest, they are the Haitian elites.

The mulattoes in Haiti make up about 20% of Haiti population, while the masses, the black masses, the poor make up the staggering 80%. Despite making onl...

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Dominican Bar Association urges Dominican authorities to investigate recent lynching of Haitian man

Posted by Dominican Bar Association on Friday, February 27, 2015, In : Human Rights 
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The Dominican Bar Association urges the government of the Dominican Republic to conduct a thorough investigation into the recent death, brutal, and in public of "Tulile" that 19 year old, of Haitian origin, who was hanged from a tree in a park in the city of Santiago, the second city of the Dominican Republic.

Recently, it has been widely reported that the anti-Haitian sentiment in the Dominican Republic had reached a record level.

Also, because racism, hate crimes and public lynchings are anat...

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UN Independent Expert, set to visit Haiti for 10 days

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, February 20, 2015, In : Human Rights 



The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti, Gustavo Gallon, will next week an assessment visit on the situation of human rights and especially the civil and political rights.

The independent expert will analyze the situation a few days before the launch of the electoral process. "The current pre-electoral context deserves special attention, and I would like to inform me of the situation more directly in the field," said Mr. Gallón.

During this 10-day visit Mr Gallón s...

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Dominican-Born Haitians Blast Santo Domingo’s Naturalization Plan

Posted by Latin American Tribune on Thursday, February 5, 2015, In : Human Rights 


SANTO DOMINGO – The Dominican-born children of undocumented immigrants from Haiti complained Tuesday that thousands of them will remain stateless in this country after the passing last week of the deadline to apply for naturalization.

At a press conference, the Dominicans for Rights organization said that of some 53,000 potential beneficiaries of the naturalization law, just 8,755 were able to file their documents in time.

The organization condemned the “absence of political will among the ...

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Amnesty International sends open letter to Haiti's Prime Minister, Evans Paul

Posted by Alter Presse on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, In : Human Rights 


The organization Amnesty International encourages the Prime Minister Paul Evans to make the issue of human rights a priority, in an open letter, published February 2, 2015, and accessed by the online agency AlterPresse.

The state remains "bound to respect and to fully promote human rights for all in Haiti," although "the priority given by your government or the organization of local and parliamentary elections that have long overdue," said Amnesty International.

The organization of these electi...

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