New OAS interference in Haiti rejected

Port-au-Prince, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) The Haitian platform Nou pap Domi (We will not sleep) rejected the OAS project to fight corruption in Haiti and questions its alliance with leaders, splashed in cases of embezzlement to the Treasury.

The organization, which has been characterized by its criticism of President Jovenel Moïse's management, and his alleged involvement in embezzlement, said the government lacks legitimacy to create a commission to fight impunity and immunity, following a report of the Court of Auditors.

For Nou Pap Domi any initiative of international entities or embassies that does not take into account the voice of the people is doomed to fail.

It recalled the experiences of the United Nations peacekeeping missions in Haiti, which after 15 years were unable to change the situation in the country, particularly in the field of human rights, he said.

'The Organization of American States must treat Haiti like all other members of the organization with honor and respect for the demands of the Haitian people committed to democracy, transparency and participation', said this group.

The project of the international organization named Institutional Strengthening to combat corruption in Haiti, which must be implemented in four years by the Central Unit of Financial Intelligence, the Anti-Corruption Unit and the Superior Court of Accounts and Administrative Procedures, among other institutions, has a financing of about 18 million dollars.

This year, several organizations criticized the interference of the OAS, and by the international community, in the internal affairs of the Caribbean nation, while questioning its support for the Government.

In June last progressive movements rejected the visit of a delegation of that organization, and indicated that its purpose is to persecute and isolate progressive governments, which increasingly makes it an office, 'to execute the most shameful plans of imperialism'.

At that time, the former US ambassador to the OAS Carlos Trujillo arrived in Haiti, with the alleged purpose of facilitating dialogue between President Jovenel Moise and the sectors requesting his resignation.

Regarding that visit, Camille Chalmers, spokesman for the Rasin Kan Pep la party, told Prensa Latina that the people of Haiti do not want this interference, 'they do not want a solution made in Washington, and they do not want to accept that the OAS tell us what We have to do with our countries. '

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Haitian Parties Propose appointing Appeal Court Judge

A score of political parties and social organizations have proposed appointing an Appeal Court judge and a Council of State to oversee the Government's actions in order to solve the serious crisis in Haiti.

Gathered in the Democratic Bloc for National Adjustment, they expressed concern about the political situation in the country, with a 'weak' president and an opposition that has mobilized most of the population, but has so far failed to overthrow the head of State, Jovenel Moïse.

They underlined that the country is in an exceptional situation, characterized by popular protests to demand the president's resignation.

Demonstrators are also demanding the systematic destitution of the legislative chambers, a definite change to a secular system based on corruption, inequality, exclusion, impunity and the impossibility to enforce the letter of the Constitution amended in 1987 if there is a presidential vacuum.

The new Bloc insists on holding talks among political parties, business and religious sectors and social organizations, to set up an Emergency Government with a small ministerial cabinet and without a prime minister.

Among the urgent actions, they propose to hold a trial for misappropriation of public funds, investigate human rights violations, including massacres, review the contracts between the State and various companies, and reduce the cost of living.

The group also demands holding a National Sovereign Conference to define the new Republic, reorient the country's economic and social life, and organize timely general elections.

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Haiti among 17 Countries that Has Entered All Pan Games

Haiti is one of the 17 countries that has entered athletes in all the Pan American Games since its first edition in 1951 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Of those 17 nations, only Haiti and Nicaragua have not won a gold medal. So far, Haitians have won seven medals, two silver and five bronze, and stand 31 in the continental ranking by nations, preceded by Virgin Islands and Barbados with 15 and 10 medals, respectively, and followed by Dominica with three.

For the games of Lima 2019, which will begin on July 26, Haiti entered eight athletes to compete in track and field, judo, taekwondo, rowing, weight-lifting and swimming. Its sports authorities expect to surpass the performance of Toronto 2015 and win the first gold medal.

The top medal winner is the USA with 4,300 medals, 1,948 of them gold, followed by Cuba with 875 golden trophies and a total of 2,026 medals.

Almost 7,000 athletes will compete in 39 sports, some of which will qualify athletes for the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020.

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President Moïse promises Haitian scholarship holders to travel to Cuba

Friday at the National Palace President Jovenel Moïse received 23 young Haitian recipients of scholarships from the Cuban Government "They were ranked best in the competition, they come from all over the country and I wish them every success in their studies," said the Head of State, who promised to travel to Cuba to visit the young people of his country who study in the largest University of the West Indies.

The 23 students will begin their studies in September in different fields : medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, telecommunications, civil engineering, agronomy and medical technology, to return to the country in 60 months after graduating, to integrate into the communities that need their services and expertise.

These new scholars will join in Cuba, hundreds of Haitians currently studying and will add, we hope, 1,526 Haitians already graduated from Cuban universities

According to Moïse, Haiti needs specialists in biotechnology, construction, agriculture, public administration "the opportunities offered by Cuba will allow the socio-economic development of our Nation."

The Head of State also thanked Cuba for its collaboration in the construction of micro hydroelectric power stations in Haiti

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Haiti's Prime Minister resigns amid deadly protests

(CNN)Haiti's Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned Saturday amid violent and deadly protests sparked by a proposed plan to raise fuel prices, according to President Jovenel Moise.

Lafontant resigned before Parliament, which was due to host a vote of no confidence, Yves Germain Joseph, the general secretary of the National Palace, told CNN.
 
Lafontant, who took office in February 2017, informed Moise of his resignation by letter. Moise accepted the resignation, Joseph said.
 
Moise said on Twitter he would address the country Saturday night "in a special edition on the National Television of Haiti."
 
"I take this opportunity to thank Mr. Lafontant and the members of the cabinet for the services rendered to the nation," Moise said on Twitter.
 
The controversial plan to raise fuel prices would increase the cost of gasoline by 38%, diesel by 47% and kerosene by 51%.
 
Since the protests started last week, two people -- a police officer and social leader -- were killed, Joseph said.

 

Stranded Americans

 
Missionary groups from Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina were stranded in Haiti until Monday after protesters took to the streets following the fuel price hike.
American Airlines, JetBlue and Spirit Airlines also canceled flights to Haiti last week because of the protests.
 
One group said burning barricades prevented them from reaching the airport in the nation's capital, Port-au-Prince.
 
Jody Flowers, the lead minister from Chapin United Methodist Church, in South Carolina, was stranded with 13 members of his church until they returned Monday. Despite the violent demonstrations, Flowers expressed some sympathy for the protesters.
 
"When you think about the fact that some Haitians make just $5 a week and the government wants to increase the price of gasoline by 38% that in and of itself points to the reason for the unrest," he said. "Our hearts are just broken for the people out there and we're just thankful for our group, which has a lot of love and hope and a desire to help out however they can."
 
A security alert from the US Embassy in Haiti on Saturday said it was open for routine and emergency services for US citizens, but it issued a number of alerts about specific demonstrations and urged citizens to avoid those areas.
 
The US State Department still advises against travel to Haiti because of civil unrest and crime.
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Cuba, Haiti to Work Together in Reducing Disaster Risks

Cuba and Haiti consolidate their collaboration in disaster risk reduction management through sharing knowledge and training as part of South-South cooperation.

According to authorities of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), both nations maintain similar levels of exposure to natural phenomena such as hurricanes, cyclones and drought.

These events have a very severe impact on food and nutritional security, according to a document delivered this Wednesday to Prensa Latina by the WFP in the framework of the 10th International Disaster Congress, which runs until Friday in the capital's Convention Palace.

Cuba - recalled the source - has accumulated experiences and methodologies to reduce the negative impacts of these phenomena.

As a challenge, the text points out, concrete actions are maintained, as long as gaps and needs are successfully identified.

Among Cuba's contributions to Haiti is the strengthening of hydro meteorological surveillance through the transfer of tools to improve monitoring and forecasting of events, the document adds.

Channels and communication routes have been identified to ensure that participants at all levels receive the information generated by the monitoring institutions in a timely manner, it also states.

Also, the source continues, Haitian technicians were trained in the monitoring of extreme weather events, and Haiti improved its hurricane monitoring and forecasting capabilities, which facilitates decision-making.

The National Meteorological Center of Haiti now has a numerical model to determine the possible trajectory of a hurricane with 48 and 72 hour time periods.

Capacity sharing between Haiti and Cuba was facilitated by WFP on the basis of Cuba's positive experiences in South-South cooperation.

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Former Haiti President Aristide Survives Assassination Attempt

Protests in support of the still-popular former president broke out soon after the incident.

Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide survived an apparent assassination attempt Monday when gunmen opened fire on his motorcade, injuring two passersby.

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Aristide was leaving a courthouse in Port-au-Prince, providing testimony for a money laundering case against Jean Anthony Nazaire, former commissary of the Haitian national police, when bullets flew toward his car.

Ira Kurzban, a Miami attorney who represents Aristide, told NBC News that "at least two people standing in front of the car were hit and there (was) blood on the right front bumper and headlight of the vehicle."

"Thank God no one was killed and at least one of the shooting victims was taken to the university medical center that President Aristide was instrumental in founding," Kurzban told the outlet.

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Protests in support of the still-popular former president broke out soon after. Aristide is regarded as heroic by many in the country for working his way to the top post as the country's first democratically elected president after growing up in poverty. An adherent of liberation theology, the former Catholic priest played an instrumental role in expelling dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier in 1986, whose family ruled the country for almost 30 years.

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Elected twice as president, Aristide was forced to flee the country both times, the first time in 1991 to Venezuela and then later the United States after a military coup against him. He was returned to office in 1994 with the help of pressure from the U.S. Then in 2004, the administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush backed a coup against him and he was flown out of the country, which Aristide described as a kidnapping, spending his first months in exile in Jamaica before relocating to South Africa.

Aristide returned to Haiti in 2011, following a massive earthquake the year before which devastated the country, so that he could be a part of the rebuilding process.

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Former Haitian President Rene Preval Dies At 74

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Former Haitian president Rene Preval has died, the government of the Caribbean nation said on Friday.

Preval, 74, was the first democratically elected modern-day leader of Haiti to serve his full term. In 2012, during his second term as president, Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake.

Current President Jovenel Moise said on Twitter that he was saddened to learn of the death of Preval, who he described as a “dignified son of Haiti.”

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