By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The Convention of Political Parties, headed by former senator Turneb Delpe, held a national conference of 30 political parties and civilian organizations in Cap Haitien on Monday and Tuesday October 15-16 to formulate solutions to Haiti’s current crises and counter the Martelly-Lamothe regime as a united front. Together the political parties and civilian organizations drafted The manifesto of Cap-Haitien. UPDATE: Full text of manifesto included in French and English.
By Frantz Duval and Robenson Geffrard, Le Nouvelliste | Translation and editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Satisfied with his achievements during his first year, but frustrated about procedures that have kept his palace band without instruments, Michel Martelly announced that his team has started to think about an emergency law. (English | French)
By Gerard Maxineau, Le Nouvelliste | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The National Federation of Haitian Mayors (FENAMH) has fingered the executive and some lawmakers as having recently drafted a plan to dissolve 140 municipal councils and replace them with municipal boards at the service of the parliamentarians, but this plan was drafted abroad in the prefab constitution that came along with Haiti’s prefab president and its prefab parliament exactly one year ago. It is a plan especially designed to grab lands in northern Haiti.
By Staff (EJ), Radio Metropole | Translation and editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The mandates of one third of the Haitian Senate and various municipal executives expired in mid-January 2012, and the mandate of another third of the Senate expired on May 8. Mayors and local officials have been dictatorially replaced by presidential decree, and no administrative provision has been made to assemble a new electoral body to organize new elections so as to replace the elected parliamentarians whose terms have expired. (English | French)
By Staff (rh gp), AlterPresse | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. According to one of Michel Martelly’s passports, the former singer traveled to 21 countries that did not affix any seal of entry. Another passport is dated 1981 to 1991, although a Haitian passport is valid for only 5 years. (English | French)
By National Constituent Assembly of Haiti, March 10, 1987. The Haitian people proclaim this constitution to ensure their inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, in conformity with the Act of Independence of 1804 and the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man of 1948. (French | English)
By Staff, Defend Haiti. A presidential commission recommends withholding publication of a version of the Haitian Constitution amended by the Parliament in May 2011 and subsequently corrected. When this document was submitted to former President Rene Preval for formal publication in the executive journal Le Moniteur, its contents were found to differ from the outcomes of the Haitian Parliament’s votes. UPDATE: May 28, International donors pressure Haiti to accept the fake constitution (promoted by Lamothe) or an emergency law, meaning suspension of the Constitution (promoted by Martelly).
By staff (jep kft), AlterPresse | English translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Several state secretaries in Michel Martelly’s cabinet have a foreign nationality. Secretary of State for the Interior Georges Racine was discovered to be a U.S. citizen; he is implicated in the recent illegal dismissals of Haiti’s Mayors. The Secretary of State for Culture and Heritage was discovered to be Spanish, and the Secretary of State for Higher Education was found to be Canadian. The status of Michel Martelly and of his latest prime minister designate Laurent Lamothe are under investigation. UPDATE March 8, 2012: Official announcement of the resignations of three members of the Senate Commission of Inquiry on dual citizenships. Martelly disregards Haitian Senate and asks Catholic Bishop and US Ambassador to vouch that he is a Haitian citizen. UPDATE (HPN March 28): Minister of Tourism Stephanie B. Villedrouin is a U.S. citizen. (English | French)
By Haitian Speaker of the Senate and Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, AlterPresse | Translated by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. “You stood up in 1804, 1934, 1986 and 1990. Stand up today for respect for the preamble to the 1987 Constitution and respect for the laws passed by Parliament! Stand up and call for the President of the Republic to respect his oath and faithfully follow the Constitution and the laws of the Republic! Stand up to back democratic gains, and demand free and fair elections within the time prescribed by the law and the Constitution!” – Joint statement from Simon Dieuseul Desras and Levaillant Louis-Jeune.
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Thirteen Haitian mayors were dismissed and replaced on Feb 18th by presidential decree. In a press conference, one mayor said that a new individual recently arrived claiming to be his municipality’s new mayor, and two days later he got a letter telling him to assist this person in taking inventory of the region’s heritage. Another mayor wrote in open letter on Feb 3rd that his life is under threat. Secretary of the Interior Georges Racine is thought to be behind the wave of illegal dismissals. UPDATES: HPN Mar 23, AHP Mar 28, Protesters in St Marc block entry to municipal buildings to prevent installment of Martelly appointees.Radio Kiskeya Jul 9, Haiti Libre Jul 10, The Minister of the Interior confirms that nearly all 120 of Haitian mayors will be dismissed. Le Matin, Le Nouvelliste Jul 19, A man wanted by police for arson and murder is appointed Deputy Commissioner for the Limbe District in the Northern Department. (English | Portuguese)
By HPN staff, HPN | Translated by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The National Coalition for Haitian Rights (NCHR) fears for freedom of the press after Martelly threw lewd insults to a journalist and then explained: “I did not like the way I was approached. That’s my answer. That’s all.” (English | French)
By Yves Pierre-Louis, Haiti Liberté | Translated by Dady Chery, Canada Haiti Action Network. Garry Conille is a U.N. employee and Bill Clinton’s aide. Conille has not lived in Haiti for the last seven years though he is not a diplomat. Consequently he does not qualify for the post of Prime Minister. (English | French)
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Michel Martelly’s inauguration on May 14, 2011 should have brought into effect a new US-written constitution for Haiti, with amendments of over one third of all the Articles in the country’s 1987 Constitution. The “amended constitution” was assumed to have died a quiet death because of loud objections by the members of the parliament who pointed out that a published draft did not concur with their discussions.