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Pitit Desalin reject Martelly invitation to dialogue

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – Pitit Desalin, a political regroupement of popular democratic organizations said it would not be sitting down to talk with President Michel Martelly. One of the organization leaders, Assad Volcy, who received the correspondence from the secretary general of the National Palace said it was with astonishment, considering the regime has put an arrest warrant out for him.

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Haiti: Thousands March with Voter Cards in Symbolic Referendum

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Thousands were in the streets on Sunday, October 26, 2014, with voter cards in hand for a symbolic referendum on the Martelly regime, which since coming into power, has maintained conditions not conducive to holding Haiti's long-overdue elections.

Crime

Vandals ransack Petit-Goave Town Hall

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PETIT-GOAVE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Thursday vandals hit the Town Hall of Petit-Goave where the interim mayor is accused of corruption and is the subject of daily protests. The culprits who broke through the steal gate, set ablaze the generator while damaging offices and property, have not been identified.

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Haiti: Thousands protest for Martelly's resignation and fair elections

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CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (defend.ht) - Numbers were in the thousands on Saturday in the city of Cap-Haitien where protesters called for the resignation of President Michel Martelly. The protest, organized by the by North Popular Movement and the Collective to Liberate Haiti, had also the objective of calling for free and fair elections, overdue for four years, to be held.

Political

CEP Pres. Max Mathurin recovering from suspected vodou spell

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - After months of a suspicious illness and consultations with vodou sorcerers, Max Mathurin, President of the controversial "Provisional Electoral Council", returned to his office this week but is still unable to work "intensively", as recovery has been slow.

Education

Back to School for the First Time, On Time, in 4 Years

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - For the first time in four years, Haitian students will return to school on time, Monday September 8. The effort to maintain 200 school days per year, as in neighboring Dominican Republic and Cuba, is still threatened by unprepared institutions, families and the work stoppages of teachers and administrator unions claiming back pay from the Martelly administration.

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Haiti: October 26, 2014 Elections Cancelled

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Elections will not be held on October 26, 2014 as a decree lacking the force of law by President Michel Martelly had suggested. This announcement was made by the controversial electoral council and confirms that the Head of State's maintenance of conditions not conducive to holding elections will be prolonged to four years.

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Haiti: Human Rights Inform France's Hollande of Martelly

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - An open letter to French President Francois Hollande describing the systematic violations of human rights, injustices and corruption of President Michel Martelly and his regime was released on Thursday by national and international human rights organizations. The signatories of this letter said its purpose was to warn Hollande, embattled in his own political difficulties in France, of Martelly who he would be receiving in the coming days.

Political

Haiti: Parties Protest for Release of Political Prisoners

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – Political dignitaries were part of demonstrations on Thursday at the Ministry of Justice, where the building has been painted pink to show its political bias. The protests were for the release of 43 political prisoners, among them, Enold Florestal, a Haitian citizen who filed a criminal complaint against First Lady Sophia Martelly and son Olivier.

Education

Haiti: Students protest the malfunction of their institutions

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Students dressed in uniform marched through the streets of Port-au-Prince on Thursday with choice words for the government as they demanded the resumption of academic activities and denounced the mismanagement of their respective institutions.

Community

Haitians Shift to Celebrate Dessalines' Birth, not Death

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GONAIVES, Haiti (defend.ht) - For the first time, Haitians celebrated the birth of Emperor Jean Jacques Dessalines rather than his death in a 256th anniversary celebration organized by the Marie-Claire Heureuse Félicité Foundation in Gonaïves.

Crime

No real investigation into Osner Fevry Jr murder

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The father of Osner Fevry Jr held a press conference at the offices of the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH) on Monday and expressed his deception in his son's murder investigation which has not moved forward. The elder Fevry said there are members of the police institution assigned to the investigation that should be considered persons of interest.

Crime

Infamous Haiti kidnapper, Clifford Brandt, on the lam

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CROIX-DES-BOUQUETS, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Wealthy businessman, Clifford Brandt, long time close friend to President Michel Martelly, escaped from prison on Sunday during a violent take over. Brandt was imprisoned on October 22, 2012 for the kidnapping and ransom of Nicolas and Coralie Moscoso.

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Haiti: "Arbitrary" Arrests of Two Activists Deepens Political Crisis

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Political Activists Biron Odigé and Rony Timothée were arrested on Sunday for charges of inciting of violence and disturbing public order as organizers of non-violent protests against the Martelly regime.

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Haiti: Symbolic Referendum on Martelly October 26, 2014

Written by Samuel Maxime .

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – Elections that were, without law or council, decreed for October 26, 2014 will become a symbolic referendum for its signatory, President Michel Martelly. Opposition parties hope to bring as many citizens to the streets on Sunday to demonstrate a vote of disapproval of the Martelly regime and its policies.

Political

Resignation of Martelly Merits Discussion, says Evans Paul

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The resignation of President Michel Martelly, according to former Port-au-Prince Mayor, Evans Paul, should be among the discussions expected in these latest rounds of dialogue, hoping to resolve the electoral crisis in Haiti, over four years old.

Crime

Haiti: 309 escaped prisoners still at large

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - 309 prisoners were still at large as of Wednesday afternoon according to data from the Croix-des-Bouquets civil prison. The Haitian National Police had only been able to capture 19 of the 328 who were freed by a brazen raid of armed men 4 days ago.

Education

Stanford Lopatin Fellow, Kareem Edouard, embarks on STEM project for Haiti

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STANFORD, USA (sentinel.ht) - Kareem Edouard, a second-generation Haitian American, says he has long felt the pull back to his parents' country. The Stanford University Graduate Student has won the Lopatin Fellowship this year and will use it for project aimed at helping middle-school students in Haiti engage in scientific inquiry practices.