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Dominican Republic rejects dialogue with Haiti with bias claims (2 articles)

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By teleSUR, July 18, 2015

The government of the Dominican Republic has rejected a dialogue with Haiti requested by the head of the Organization of American States, saying Secretary General Luis Almagro is biased when it comes to the issue of the immigration situation on the Caribbean island. Dominican Vice President Margarita Cedeno said Friday that “Almagro showed not to have an impartial stance on immigration issues between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, which disqualifies him from exercising his role as a neutral entity.”

At senate hearing: Adams spells out U.S. oversight of Haitian affairs

By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, July 22, 2015

Last week’s U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing on Haiti did not turn into a partisan scuffle as we had expected.

Instead, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a Republican presidential candidate and chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues, opened the hearing with a banal review of Haiti’s political and economic situation and without the slightest criticism or questioning of the Obama administration’s policies in Haiti.

Haiti, elections, fraud: An observation of international observers

By Samuel Maxime, Haiti Sentinel, July 22, 2015

The head of the European Union’s Election Observation Mission in Haiti says the group she leads to observe Haiti's upcoming elections “will not intervene on the results or the interpretation of the results.” The statement by the EU Deputy and mission chief, Elena Valenciano, should not be doubted but it is misleading. In the end, her mission serves as a basis to later change election results. Here's how:

It has been observed that the way the international community functions in Haiti is to support the Haitian government and defend its interests. That's fair and should be expected, but what happens in practice, in nations like Haiti, is that the international community acts as enablers of corruption, fraud or whatever malfeasance, furthermore the force which makes the Haitian people endure it.

Just over 2 weeks from election, for most the campaign has barely begun

 
With legislative elections set to take place two weeks from Sunday, Haiti’s electoral campaign has barely gotten off the ground as most parties lack funds. The Haitian government, which committed over $10 million in funding for political parties and candidates, only Wednesday published the formula for the money’s disbursement, though as of yet there is no timeline for the distribution of funds. Meanwhile, the ruling party, PHTK, is already in full campaign mode, with President Martelly travelling the country to appear at political rallies.

On campaign trail, Martelly pledges to restore disbanded military force

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By Center for Economic & Policy Research (CEPR), July 21, 2015 

After launching the electoral campaign of his political party, Parti Haïtien Tèt Kale (PHTK), in Cap-Haïtien last week, Martelly has renewed his 2011 campaign pledge to restore the Armed Forces of Haiti (FAd’H), reports Le Nouvelliste. In a rally held in the Palmes region in the Southeast department over the weekend of Jul. 18, Martelly stated that his previous pledge was not false. He added that since his mandate began, “I have been around the world to meet with representatives of major countries on the issue.”

"Haitian devil, go to your country": The heartbreaking plight of Haitians kicked out of the Dominican-Republic

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By Joshua Keating, Slate, July 22, 2015

André Joseph recalls that his crops were almost ready to harvest the night a group of men armed with guns attacked his home in Neiba, in the southwestern Dominican Republic, driving him and his family out into the fields. Life in Neiba wasn’t always easy for Joseph—he remembers waking up at 5 a.m. for 14-hour days in the fields—but 40 years after arriving in the Dominican Republic, he had built a life and a comfortable home for his wife and 15-year-old son. All that disappeared that night, about one month ago. After camping out at a neighboring farm, he appealed to the police to help him regain his home. Instead, they put him on a bus to Haiti, the country where he was born but hadn’t seen since he was 12 years old. “I lost 40 years of work just because I’m not Dominican,” he says.

Haitians protest over Dominican Republic deportations (2 articles)

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By Al Jazeera International, July 22, 2015

Haitians have marched in Port-au-Prince in solidarity with the thousands of undocumented residents of Haitian descent who face deportation from the Dominican Republic.

Thousands of protesters demanded on Tuesday that the Haitian government ban the import of goods from the neighbouring country. The demonstrators presented the relevant petition to Evans Paul, Haiti's prime minister.

Many protesters wore T-shirts calling for migrants to be respected as they made their way through the capital under police escort.