PETIT-GOAVE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Wednesday, several schools in Petit-Goave became scenes of chaos after police used tear gas to disperse protesters calling for the removal of the defacto-mayor of the city, Sandra Jules. Jules, which did not win her seat by election but was appointed by the Martelly regime is accused of massive corruption and revocations.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Tax payer dollars were spent for what could be considered the fourth carnival of 2014 by the Martelly administration. On the 208th anniversary, a day of commemoration of the death of Jean Jacques Dessalines, the Martelly-Lamothe government paid top bands for a celebration of dancing and hedonism rather than remembrance and honor.
NEW YORK, USA (defend.ht) - On Tuesday, January 2, 1996, the Supreme Court of New York ordered former First Lady Michele Bennett to return $6 million [US] to the Haitian people. Back in Haiti for the first time since leaving in 1986, questions are being raised whether current Haitian authorities will allow her to leave the country without answering for a number of criminal complaints and those related to her husband.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Considering the non-compliment of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who said the Martelly-Lamothe administration is the most decisive government ever, as meetings termed as "consultations" drag on towards no resolutions, they appear as clear attempts by President Michel Martelly to buy time as an institutional crisis approaches in January 2015.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - There will not be an official or a national funeral for the former President-for-Life Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier according to an anonymous government source. Confusion still remains since the National Palace announced it would organize an official funeral, but has not officially announced to the contrary.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Five days after a phone conversation between President Michel Martelly and the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, the Haitian National Palace is still not providing information about the talks, a conspicuous departure from what has become the common practice of governments after interactions with high-ranking foreign government official.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Hundreds of millions in emergency funding, a check from Uruguay for $3.4 million [US] and $3.7 billion in PetroCaribe debt, the First Secretary of the Senate, Steven Benoit, said on Thursday that Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has ducked dozens of Senate hearings called to inquire where state money has gone.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – A Haitian Senator was gassed by police on Friday during a non-violent protest to remember the death of Jean Jacques Dessalines. The attack on the Haitian lawmaker took place during a time of uncertain democracy, a politicized police force and repression of protest.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Former First Lady and Ex-wife to Jean-Claude Duvalier Michele Bennett was accompanied by daughter Anya Friday as they visited Pax Villa, the morgue where the body of the former President-for-Life was being kept before a private funeral which is to be held on Saturday.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – On Friday, Judges on the Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ) protested against what they call “brutal interferences” of the Martelly administration in the affairs of the justice system. Max Eliber of the CSPJ said despite declarations of a “state of law” and "independence of justice" in Haiti, there is none.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - President Michel Martelly has called on police to raid and arrest former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide at his residence within the next 48 hours, according to sources close to the former president. A lawyer for Aristide during his first term said not being able to organize a national funeral for Jean-Claude Duvalier would have enraged the Martelly in ordering justice officials to hasten the pursuit against the Fanmi Lavalas leader.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (defend.ht) - Days before Haitian human rights advocates are to appear before a U.S. federal court for the cause of obtaining justice, accountability, and renumerations for Haiti and its victims of the UN peacekeeper cholera outbreak, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe is 120 miles south, in Washington, D.C., in meetings with the World Bank to promote “biznis cholera” and undermine the cause of justice.
NEW YORK, USA (defend.ht) - Global human rights organization, Amnesty International, did not mince words when it criticized President Michel Martelly for what it called "a slap on the face for human rights and victims' struggle for justice" for the crimes of deceased Dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Former Dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier will receive a full state funeral announced the Martelly administration on Monday. The decision to use state funds in an honorable burial is objected by many Haitians, victims and those wrongly affected by the Duvaliers' reign of terror who note, among many offenses, Duvalier was not elected by the people.