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.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Advocacy Platform for Alternative Development (PAPDA), Defenders of the Oppressed (DOP) and the Confederation of Workers of Public and Private Sectors (CSTP indicated that the draft law on money laundering and financing of terrorism, as currently stated contains irregularities that could give power for those to use it for political purposes.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Human rights organizations on Wednesday held a joint press conference to deplore the actions of President Michel Martelly who continues to be the source of the electoral crisis in Haiti.
MIREBALAIS, Haiti (defend.ht) - The United Nations has not accepted responsibility for bring cholera into Haiti in October 2010 that has killed more than 7,000 and sickened more than a half-million. This week, the U.N. said it would not compensate victims of their negligence and this has angered many in Haiti.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Director of the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights, Pierre Esperance, said that the former UN Independent Expert for Human Rights in Haiti did not resign for "personal reasons" but because of the difficulties faced in working with the Martelly/Lamothe administration.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - RNDDH Director Pierre Esperance said that it is by the grace of a report published by his human rights organization that the Martelly administration had not freed all the police officers, including the head of the National Palace security, who were arrested for their part in the kidnapping syndicate of the businessman, Clifford Brandt.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The National Network for the Defense of Human Rights delivered an open letter to President Michel Martelly recounting the crimes that made First Lady Sophia Martelly's adviser, Karl Jean-Jeune, a fugitive of justice in the United States. The RNDDH also requested that Martelly demonstrate the claim of his government that the rule of law exists in Haiti by addressing the case of other individuals in the Head of State's entourage.
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.
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.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Informed citizens were shocked at billboards and banners bearing the effigy of President Michel Martelly that read "President Martelly welcomes Heads of State and Government of CARICOM," rather than "Haiti welcomes..." The signs also are clear violations of ARTICLE 7 of the Haitian Constitution.