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Urgent Action: Displaced Families Face Forced Eviction in Haiti

March 25, 2013

Re-posted from Amnesty International

DISPLACED FAMILIES FACE FORCED EVICTION IN HAITI
Hundreds of families who were left homeless after the January 2010 earthquake face
imminent forced eviction from their makeshift camp in the Port-au-Prince municipality of
Carrefour. Amnesty International is concerned that if evicted they will once again be left
homeless.

Haiti - Agriculture : 40,000 walkers for Food Sovereignty

March 22, 2013

Re-posted from Haiti Libre

The Papaye Peasant Movement (Mouvement Paysan Papaye - MPP), historical partner of the NGO « Frères des Hommes » celebrates its 40th anniversary from 17 to 22 March in the city of Hinche, where some nearly 300 delegates peasants, but also many international defense organizations of farmers and international leader peasants, came to participate in this annual conference, to demand a more coherent organization in Haiti, which imports more than half of its food products.

An opportunity for the MPP, to make an assessment on the actions performed for 40 years and the place of movement in the strengthening of the Haitian civil society, around of theme such as : agro-ecology, food sovereignty and empowering of peasants.

DUVALIER ON TRIAL: JUSTICE OR JOKE?

March 15, 2013

By Beverly Bell
March 15, 2013

Twenty-seven years later, the unimaginable has become real. Former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier has been brought to trial for crimes against humanity.

Will justice finally arrive for the hundreds of thousands who were murdered, tortured, imprisoned, beaten, savaged, and degraded by him and his father, François “Papa Doc” Duvalier?

 

SISTER SIMONE: EULOGY FOR A HAITIAN HEROINE

March 8, 2013

By Beverly Bell
March 8, 2013

On this International Women's Day, we rerun a 2005 piece on one of our greatest heroines, Marie Simone Alexandre. Though she died eight years ago, her life and message remain as powerful and inspirational today as any we know. 

"It was thanks to God and Sister Simone." I heard this over and over in the mid-1990s as I was interviewing rape survivors in one of Port-au-Prince's shantytowns. The women were battling the devastating effects of rape, employed as a weapon of war by one in a decades-long series of U.S.-backed regimes.[i] My question to these women, which so often invoked Simone's name, was "From where have you found the strength to go on?"

Urgent Action: Displaced Face Arbitrary Arrest

March 7, 2013

Re-posted from Amnesty International

Residents at Grace Village camp, in the Carrefour area of metropolitan Port-au-Prince, have been informed by local police that they have a list of people from the camp they plan to arrest. On 15 February residents learned that an arrest warrant had been issued for two residents, one of whom is a camp committee member. On 18 February, residents reported that police came to the camp and arrested another camp committee member.

A TALE OF TWO NGO’S: IN HAITI, DISASTER AID OR AID DISASTER?

March 5, 2013

By Beverly Bell
March 5, 2013

Three years after the deadly earthquake in Haiti, what has become of the commitments made on Red Cross billboards, the promises from telethon hosts, the moving declarations of Presidents Obama and Clinton? What has happened to the nearly $10 billion that was pledged to assist survivors and to rebuild, most of which was entrusted to the large non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that Professor Mark Schuller terms “non-profiteers”?
 

Former Haitian Dictator Denies Abuses at Historic Hearing

March 4, 2013
Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier at his Feb. 28, 2013 hearing. The sweltering courtroom was packed with over a dozen victims of the regime and with local and foreign journalists, lawyers and representatives of human rights groups. Credit: Milo Milfort/IPS

Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier at his Feb. 28, 2013 hearing. The sweltering courtroom was packed with over a dozen victims of the regime and with local and foreign journalists, lawyers and representatives of human rights groups. Credit: Milo Milfort/IPS

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Mar 1 2013 (IPS) - For the first time ever, on Thursday Haiti’s former dictator faced his accusers, answering questions about corruption and human rights abuses during his brutal 15-year regime (1971-1986).

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