By Staff, AHP | Translated from the French by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery | Editorial comment by Dady Chery. Thirteen human rights organizations have signed a memorandum to reject neo-dictatorship in Haiti after Michel Martelly declared that, if there could not be local elections in Haiti by January 12, 2015, he would rule by decree. (English | French)
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post | zqxjkv0.blogspot.com. Translated from the English by Murilo Otávio Rodrigues Paes Leme. Current-day occupiers of Haiti from the regions that had been freed by Bolivar like to recall the “glorious relationship of Bolivar and Petion,” as if this could hypnotize Haitians and ever be a distraction as these occupiers continue a tradition of betrayal. (English | Portuguese)
Interview de Dady Chéry avec Jérôme Genest, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. Le Konbit Peyizan Ilavach (KOPI) est à l’avant-garde d’une lutte entre la branche exécutive d’Haiti et les habitants de l’Île-à-Vache, une île agricole de 52 kilometres carrés et 20,000 habitants au sud du pays. Nous avons récemment fait le point avec Jérôme Genest, membre du KOPI pour une discussion sur l’histoire de l’Île, une mise à jour de sa situation courrante, et les idées de KOPI sur la façon de préserver sa beauté et sa culture, et obtenir la libération de Jean Matulnes Lamy, le vice president de KOPI qui serait emprisonné depuis le 25 Fevrier 2014.
Interview de Dady Chery avec Melinda Wilson, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. Nous avons examiné de plus près le tourisme à l’île a Vache avec l’auteur and conferenciere primée Québéquoise, Melinda Wilson. Mme Wilson est une experte sur les aspects biologiques et ornementales de l’horticulture et une voyageuse soucieuse de l’environnement qui connaît tres bien l’Ile à Vache.
Introduction and translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | Second part of the interview of Jean Matulnes Lamy and Louis Jean Gadi, both members of the Organization of Ile a Vache Farmers (Konbit Peyizan Ilavach, or KOPI), with Sonny Esteus of Radio VKI. Mr. Lamy is currently imprisoned in Port-au-Prince’s infamous National Petinentiary, where he was taken without charge or trial on February 25, 2014. The protests continue.
Introduction and translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | This interview of Mr. Jean Matulnes Lami, together with Mr. Louis Jean Gadi, both members of the Organization of Ile A Vache Farmers (KOPI), was with Mr. Sonny Esteus of Radio VKI. It was originally broadcast on January 17, 2014 and rebroadcast on March 10, 2014. Lamy and Gadi discuss the history of land ownership and beautification at Ile a Vache and the issues that currently trouble the islanders, including their exclusion from the development decisions.
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The La Hatte section of Ile a Vache, Haiti, is paralyzed by popular protests and roadblocks. The population calls for support. The protests were occasioned by the government’s failure to respond to the residents’ demands and several recent actions, including the destruction of parts of the island for road construction by a Dominican company, house-to-house searches by militarized police, a visit by the Tourism Minister that showed no evidence of good faith, and the continued detention of community representative Jean Matulnes Lamy.
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post | Hugues Girard video in Kreyol, YouTube. Interview with Mr. Robert Dietrich, a founding owner of Abaka Bay Resort, on Ile a Vache. Mr. Dietrich is at the center of a fight for this offshore island between Haiti’s government and the residents, who demand the repeal of a decree to annull all property rights and declare the entire island to be a “zone of tourism development and public utility.”
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. One year after a Haitian government decree to appropriate the lands of the farmers on the offshore island of Ile a Vache, and more than two months since the islanders began to take their protests to the streets, Le Nouvelliste, AP, and Reuters bring us their versions of the story: a valuable lesson in methods of disinformation.
Sources: Haiti Chery | Radyo VKM | AlterPresse | Caribbean Journal. Reported and translated by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery. Haitian farmers, on the unspoiled offshore 20-square-mile island Ile a Vache, object to the appropriation of their lands by the government to dredge a port, build an airport, roads, manicured villages and sustainable farms for ecotourism. (English | French)