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Haitian Senate Calls for Halt to Mining Activities

March 1, 2013

Cross-posted from Inter Press Service

By Jane Regan

Map showing location of Morne Bossa property (VCS / Société Miniere Delta). Credit: VCS website 

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Feb 24 2013 (IPS) - Outraged that they have not been consulted, this week Haitian senators called for a moratorium on all activities connected with recently granted gold and copper mining permits.

In a resolution approved by 15 of 16 senators present, the lawmakers also demanded the establishment of a commission to review all of the current mining contracts and “a national debate on the country’s mineral resources”.

Press Release by the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti: Jean-Claude Duvalier Appears in Court

March 1, 2013

Jean-Claude Duvalier’s appearance in court was a positive step towards justice

February 28, 2013, Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Ordered by a court summons, former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier testified today before dozens of journalists and victims in a packed court room of Haiti’s Court of Appeals.  Duvalier answered questions from the court, victims’ lawyers and his own lawyers for almost four hours. 

Stand in solidarity and TELL GILDAN to STOP THE BEATING OF WORKERS WHO MAKE YOUR T-SHIRTS!

February 28, 2013

The following call to action is being circulated by Batay Ouvriye (Worker's Stuggle), one of Haiti's most active national workers' movements. Batay Ouvriye says,

"In a Port-au-Prince factory (Clifford APAID’s Premium Apparel) one of our comrades (a coordinating member of the SOTA national worker's union), was badly beaten by a managers who, according to reports, was acting in the name of the factory's management. He had organized a protest confronting the fact that the textile owners continued to refuse to pay the 300 gourdes miminum wage, effective as of October 2012. Later on, our comrade was literally kicked out by the factory security. He was so hurt that he had to be directly accompanied to the nearest hospital....

This note, which serves as a denunciation and an alert to all sympathizers to the workers' cause and the people in general, also aims to serve as a call for a determined collective action...

Our allies in Miami, One Struggle, suggest we address Gildan directly, which is a very good and concrete opportunity to see how those companies really feel about the abuse of workers in Haiti."


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HAWG Conference: Haiti, Three Years After the Earthquake: The Time for Accountability (Videos)

February 25, 2013

The Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) formed shortly after the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake to coordinate advocacy efforts for effective and just disaster relief, reconstruction and long-term U.S. development policy toward Haiti.

To commemorate the third anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, HAWG hosted a conference in Washington DC from Feb­ru­ary 4–6, 2013. Panel topics included aid accountability, gender-based violence, housing and agriculture.

"Because We Are: A Novel of Haiti" - Book Giveaway!

February 21, 2013

Because We Are: A Novel of Haiti from Ted Oswald on Vimeo.

The following is a guest post from Ted Oswald, the author of the recently-published novel Because We Are: A Novel of Haiti. He is giving part of the proceeds from the book to Other Worlds:

In 2010, my wife and I lived in Haiti for several months and interned--she as an international development student, and I as a law student. I spent my days working for a human rights organization in Cité Soleil, the slum where my new novel is set. It was an unforgettable time.

Arrest and Judge Duvalier for Theft and Crimes Against Humanity

February 20, 2013

Tèt Kole Ti Peyizan Ayisyen (Heads Together Small Producers of Haiti), Pati KAN Pep la (the People’s Camp Party), MODEP, FRAKKA, SEK GRAMSCI, FDDPA, RPS, FGPB, GREPS *

 

Port-au-Prince, February 18th, 2013

 

This coming Thursday, February 21st, 2013, former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier is expected before the Court of Appeals to answer questions concerning crimes committed during his regime.

Social organizations demand that MINUSTAH removes troops from Haiti

February 14, 2013

Buenos Aires

January 28, 2013

Argentine Workers’ Central Union(CTA)

Press Release

In the framework of the People’s Summit [Cumbre de los Pueblos], which took place in Santiago, Chile from January 25-27, social movements and organizations, among them the CTA, called on the governments that are part of the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to remove all of MINUSTAH’s [The United Nations Mission for the Stabilization of Haiti] military troops from Haiti.

Dominican Housing Rights Activists Visit Haiti in Solidarity

February 8, 2013

A delegation representing the Dominican organizations COOPHABITAT, CODECOC, and the Red Urbana Popular spent a week in Haiti on a solidarity visit for exchange, discussion, and to help further propel the Haitian right to housing movement towards a viable alternative. During their stay, the delegation met with various Haitian organizations including the Collective to Defend the Right to Housing, and visited Grace Village and Mega 4, two displacement camps in Port-au-Prince. The delegation was lead by Pedro Franco, the Coordinator of the International Alliance of Inhabitants for Latin America and the Caribbean, Coordinator of the Zero Evictions Campaign and director of COOPHabitat (the Cooperative for Social Housing and Habitat Production) in the Dominican Republic. On January 12, 2013, the anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, the delegation celebrated a Bi-National Day of Solidarity and Struggle with displaced Haitians and grassroots groups.

Haitian Movements rally to protest during former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier's hearing today

February 7, 2013

Today, February 7th, 2013, marks the anniversary of the fall of the brutal Duvalier regime in 1986. Former dictator, "Baby Doc" Jean-Claude Duvalier, who for 15 years succeeded his father "Papa Doc" Duvalier, returned to Haiti in January 2011 and was promptly charged with corruption, embezzlement, murder, torture, exile, arbitrary detention and destruction of private property.

In January 2012, a judge ruled that Duvalier would not face charges of crimes against humanity and would stand trial only for financial crimes. Survivors and victim's families' formally requested for that decision to be overturned, and a court hearing today will determine whether or not Duvalier will indeed face trial for the crimes against humanity committed during his dictatorship.

With the following appeal to mobilize, Haitian social movements plan to protest in front of the courthouse

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