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North Miami Library dedicates wing to Desiline Victor

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NORTH MIAMI (FL), USA (defend.ht) - Already inducted into the North Miami Hall of Fame, sitting in the First Lady balcony during U.S. President Obama's State of the Union and being the main subject in new legislation for voting law, now the North Miami Public Library has dedicated a wing of its building in honor of the 102-year old Haitian-American, Desiline Victor, who waited for hours to cast her ballot last year for president of the United States.

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567 Haitians deported from D.R. in April

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OUANAMINTHE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Border Network of Jeannot Success (RFJS) reported that 567 Haitians were deported from the Dominican Republic in the month of April. 498 men, 67 women and 2 children who may not have been afforded due process. These people were left at the border by Dominican authorities, added the network defending human rights.

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Haitian Heritage Museum: Show Your Pride Contest

Written by The Haitian Heritage Museum .

MIAMI, USA (defend.ht) - The Haitian Heritage Museum, the first museum of Haiti outside of the country, is looking for 2013's Mr. or Ms. May 18th. For a chance to win, you have to show your pride like last year's winner, Diana Pierre-Louis.

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HPN Poll: Haitians in North America lukewarm towards Martelly, Lamothe

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - A poll of Haitians living in the United States and Canada found that 52% preferred President Michel Martelly as president to 40% for Rene Preval. A pretty tempered result considering the individuals sampled did not live in Haiti and Martelly was a famous musician named "Sweet Micky" who traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada, while Rene Preval was a rarely outspoken president barely seen in the public eye.

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Haitian Professionals of Philly set date for Haitian Flag Day

Written by The Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia .

PHILADELPHIA, USA (defend.ht/HPP) – The Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia (HPP) will host their annual Haitian Flag Day charity gala on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6:30pm, at the African American Museum in Philadelphia on 7th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia.

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In Cap-Haitien, the Hugo Chavez International Airport

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CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (defend.ht) - The international airport located in Cap-Haitien will be called Hugo Chavez International Airport, after the late Venezuelan president who was Haiti's biggest supporter.

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Haiti: Tent Camp Acra resident 'beaten to death by police'

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Civil Merius is reported to have been 'beaten to death by police' for taking part in a protest against an arson attack of his tent camp on Delmas 30 for victims of the 2010 earthquake. This is the same camp where a resident was dramatically shot and killed a few weeks ago.

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Haiti: Aristide's Lavalas demonstrates despite police ban

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Thousands of people with tree branches and signs in hand won the streets of Port-au-Prince on Wednesday May 8 chanting slogans despite a ban on demonstrations announced by the police a day earlier.

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JILAP Haiti Report: At least 230 deaths by gunfire between January, March 2013

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Justice and Peace Commission (JILAP) reported 296 violent deaths in Port-au-Prince from the months of January to March 2013. 230 of these deaths were by gun violence the commission reported in its 46th report on violence in the metropolitan area.

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Rumor sets Gonaïves on fire

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GONAIVES, Haiti (defend.ht) - The town of Gonaïves was hot this week in violent protest because of a rumor that had gotten out of hand. Gonaiviens heard that a taxi driver had been killed at the hands of a police officer for not having insurance or a current tag for his vehicle. The City of Independence did not stand for that but would later learn that the information had not been accurate.

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Haiti: National Pensions Director physically assaulted in Parliament

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - After months of accusations of corruption and mismanagement the Director of the National Office of Pensions arrived in the Parliament to answer questions of Senators where he was physically assaulted, hit and shoved, by former employees that invaded the grounds of the legislature.

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Mario Joseph is finalist for prestigious human rights award

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GENEVA, Switzerland (defend.ht) — Haitian lawyer Mario Joseph is one of three finalists for the 2013 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, one of the most prestigious human rights awards in the world.

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Haitian Diaspora Federation announces new officers and initiatives

Written by The Haitian Diaspora Federation .

DELRAY BEACH, USA (defend.ht) - The Haitian Diaspora Federation reintroduced itself following a retreat in Delray Beach, Florida. New officers and initiatives were resolved after these meetings.

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24 year-old Haitian-American among victims in Boston double explosions

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BOSTON, USA (defend.ht) - A 24 year-old Haiti woman is among the victims of the double explosion in Boston on Monday where the city has been changed, at least for the foreseeable future.

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Haiti: Restoration of the Palace of 365 Doors to begin

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PETITE-RIVIERE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Restoration of Palace of 365 Doors in Petite-Riviere, Artibonite is to begin on Tuesday with the disbursement of funds from Petrocaribe. This palace was built but unfinished by King Henri Christophe in 1820 and served as the offices of the National Security Volunteers (VSN), Tonton Macoutes, in the 1960s.

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Violent clashes in Grand Goave after attack on interim Mayor

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GRAND GOAVE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Wednesday, heavily armed men attacked the private residence of the interim Mayor of Grand Goave, who replaced the previous interim-mayor who was killed by the machetes of unidentified individuals. Since this attack, the city has been a war zone with road blockades of burning tires and gun shots from local militias.

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FOPARK: Lavalas mobilization to accompany Aristide to court

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The Patriotic Force for Respect of the Constitution (FOPARK) announced a mobilization to accompany former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to the Port-au-Prince courthouse on Wednesday May 8 that will "demonstrate the power that Lavalas has in the territory." This mobilization, according to FOPARK officials will be the start of the Lavalas campaign in the upcoming elections.

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Tracing back your Haitian roots: Advice from Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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BOSTON, USA (defend.ht) - Henry Louis Gates Jr. sometimes provides advice to people of African descent through his online news agency The Root. This week, he gave advice on tracing back Haitian roots using the example of Jean Michel Basquiat and an artist named Axel Basquiat.

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RNDDH has sworn testimonies of death threats from Presidential Adviser Lambert

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Marie Yolene Gilles of the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH) confirmed having received two testimonies regarding threats of harm and death from Presidential Advisor Joseph Lambert. Gilles said the RNDDH was prepared to cooperate with justice officials on the matter.

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Miami church member dies on mission trip to Orlando

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ORLANDO, USA (defend.ht) - A church van carrying 20 passengers from Miami to Orlando crashed on Florida's turnpike Saturday night killing one adult woman and sending several, including children to the hospital.

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15%: Unimpressive relocation of Haiti's earthquake displaced in past two years

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Only 15% of people displaced by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti had found a home in the past two years. This indicates an incredible slow down in relocation efforts when compared to the 79% total relocated in the three years since the 2010 earthquake. There remains, today, more than 320,000 individuals still living in tent camps.