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Amnesty: Haiti human rights activist threatened

By Trenton Daniels, Associated Press, 15 April, 2014. 

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A leading human rights activist in Haiti has been threatened for his work, Amnesty International said Tuesday, marking the latest documented case of attacks or threats against watchdog groups in the Caribbean nation. 

Human Rights Organizations: Widespread Abuse and Police Brutality in Haiti’s Ile a Vache

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By Dady Chery, News Junkie Post, 8 April, 2014 

The struggle between Haiti’s peasants in Ile a Vache and the country’s executive branch is not a simple misunderstanding. The peasants have cared for and forested the offshore island to the extent that it has caught the world’s attention as being the most pristine island in the Caribbean. By contrast, Haiti’s governments have made no effort to provide services as basic as electricity and municipal water to the country’s offshore islands. Nevertheless, the current executive branch presumes that it can merely declare itself to own the island, and this will be so. The peasants say no. This is a very old struggle between a group of people who expect democratic governance and an administration that labels itself democratic because it holds an occasional election but actually rules by decree. 

Harkening back to dark days in Haiti

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By Nathalie Baptist, finalcall.com, Mar 31, 2014

 Oct. 16, 1993, Alerte Belance was abducted from her home and taken to Titanyen, a small seaside village used by Haiti’s rulers as a mass grave for political opponents. There she received machete chops to her face, neck, and extremities. Despite her grave injuries, Ms. Belance was able to save herself by dragging her mutilated body onto the street and asking for help. 

Ms. Belance’s survival was extraordinary, but not all were so lucky. 

U.S. housing effort in Haiti criticized — again

By Jacqueline Charles, The Miami Herald, April 16, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development says it will continue to work with Haitians displaced by the country’s devastating Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake to get them into permanent homes — just not by building the houses itself.

The announcement comes as yet another audit — this one by USAID’s inspector general — highlights the shortfalls of the agency’s ambitious housing program in northern Haiti.

Meet Daniel Tillias

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By Augusta Dwyer, Global Kiosk, April 16, 2014

I first met Daniel two years ago, when I went to check out the organization he founded, the Community Centre for Peace Alternatives, or SAKALA, to use its Creole acronym. SAKALA had organized a soccer team, called Union, built a community centre, and established a community garden on a piece of landfill using old tires as planters.

 

Continue to full article, including several wonderful photos.

As President Declares Haiti Broke, Thousands Demonstrate to Demand Martelly and MINUSTAH Leave

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by Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, April 14, 2014

 

Thousands marched in the streets of Port-au-Prince on Apr. 15 to demand that President Michel Martelly step down. The day before, 50 protestors picketed outside the military headquarters of the 9,000-soldier occupation force, the United Nations Mission to Stabilize Haiti or MINUSTAH, demanding that the troops leave Haiti by the May 28, 2014 deadline set by the Haitian Senate one year ago. And on Apr. 16, hundreds of peasants on the southern island of Ile à Vache (Cow Island) are planning to march against the police occupation of their communities, as well as a government plan to evict them and turn their island into a tourist resort.

Employees demand Haiti's pensions director be fired but Martelly keeps him

By Thomas Péralte, Haiti Liberte, April 9, 2014

Since Mar. 25, employees at the National Office for Old Age Insurance (ONA) have been protesting to demand the dismissal of the agency’s Director General, Bernard Degraff. This state agency, which manages the pensions for employees of public and private companies in Haiti, handles a lot of money, or rather mishandles it, the ONA employees charge.