Barbados reverses visa-free access for Haitians

Barbados reverses visa-free access for Haitians

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – A year after scrapping visa requirements for Haitians, the Barbados government has reversed its decision. Barbados’ Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), David Comissiong last Friday that the government was forced to do so because of the “large influx” of people of Haitian nationality coming from Panama and Chile who were not […]

Thousands march in Port-au-Prince to demand president’s resignation

Thousands march in Port-au-Prince to demand president’s resignation

Several thousand demonstrators marched through Port-au-Prince on Sunday to demand the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise over allegations of embezzlement. Led by dozens of protesters on motorcycles, the mostly youthful demonstrators filled city center streets in a rally organized by opposition parties and civil society groups. Amid a heavy police presence, the marchers erected […]

Jean-Michel Lapin is Haiti’s new prime minister

Jean-Michel Lapin  is Haiti’s new prime minister

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti— Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise  yesterday confirmed Jean-Michel Lapin in his post as the country’s new prime minister, just weeks after the Chamber of Deputies censured his predecessor’s six-month-old government. The new administration that Lapin — currently the acting prime minister — must assemble with Moise will face pressing problems such as the high […]

Haiti carnival scrapped after unrest

Haiti carnival scrapped after unrest

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti –  Haiti’s minister of culture and communication announced  last week that national carnival celebrations will be cancelled in the wake of violent protests that paralysed the country for more than 10 days. “Organising a national carnival requires preparation time,” Jean-Michel Lapin told reporters. “Technically, it is too late for the government to discuss […]

Chile deports hundreds of Haitians

Chile deports hundreds of Haitians

Chile has deported nearly 200 Haitians after they were found to be in possession of false statements and documents on entering the South American country. Chile’s Investigative Police (IDP) said the Haitians were prevented from entering the country during the period March 2-5 with 169 Haitians being turned away at the Santiago Airport after they […]

Barbados condemns discrimination against Haitians by CARICOM member states

Barbados condemns discrimination against Haitians by CARICOM member states

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Government of Barbados has expressed concern that citizens of Haiti have to obtain visas in order to travel to some CARICOM member states, although it is a member of the regional integration movement. “Barbados has always thought that this was a little inequitable and discriminatory,” Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said as […]

Oxfam apologizes to Haiti government over sex scandal

Oxfam apologizes to Haiti government over sex scandal

Oxfam formally apologized to Haiti on Monday over the prostitution scandal rocking the aid charity, expressing its “shame” and vowing to do better as it handed over a damning internal report into the allegations. Made public earlier in the day, Oxfam’s 2011 report into the behavior of aid workers sent to Haiti following a devastating […]

Haiti’s president hits out at Oxfam abuse scandal

Haiti’s president hits out at Oxfam abuse scandal

PORT-AU-PRINCE , Haiti – Haiti’s president has condemned the “serious violation of human dignity” by Oxfam following the sex allegations against aid workers in the country. The charity has issued an “unreserved apology” to the Government, donors, supporters and the people of Haiti over its handling of incidents including the alleged use of prostitutes by […]

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