NEWS FROM ANDEYO - May 2005

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NEWS FROM ANDEYO - May 2005

Post by Charles Arthur » Wed Jun 01, 2005 5:51 am

NEWS FROM ANDEYO - May 2005

As a contribution to the easing of the vice-like grip exercised by the 'Republic of Port-au-Prince', the Haiti Support Group is providing a monthly news round-up from the rest of the country where three-quarters of the population live.

9 Mai 2005, La ville des Cayes à accueilli samedi Gérard Latortue pour deux cérémonies d'inauguration. (Signal)

Inauguration ce week-end des travaux de réhabilitation de la route des Cayes- Camperin, en même temps qu'un nouveau projet de réaménagement de la route de l'aéroport des cayes comprenant un port a port salut gravement abîmé.

L'ensemble de ces projets est financées par le gouvernement taiwanais a hauteur de 9 millions 500,000 dollars américain et non remboursable par le gouvernement haitien.

Dans ses propos de circonstance l'Ambassadeur de la république de Taiwan en Haiti a indiqué que la réalisation de ces t
ravaux témoigne de la volonté de son gouvernement de coopérer avec Haiti.

Yang cheng-Ta dit espérer que l'exécution de ces projets contribuera au développement économique et touristique de sud.
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May 17 2005, More than 3,000 Haitians have been deported from the Dominican Republic over the past few days (AHP)

Dajabon - More than 3,000 Haitians have been repatriated over the past few days by Dominican authorities in the wake of the murder May 9 of a Dominican shopkeeper in the region of Monte Cristi.

The witch hunts began on Tuesday May 10. The homes of many Haitians were set on fire.

Dominican officials acknowledged Monday that deportations of Haitians on this scale have not taken place in the country for the past 10 years.

A Dominican Immigration Service official based in northern Santo-Domingo, Juan Isidore Perez, confirmed that the repatriation operations are on a massive scale.


The mayor of Dajabon stressed that the Dominican government is determined to control the presence of Haitians in its territory and to guarantee the security and sovereignty of the Dominican Republic along its entire border with Haiti.

For his part, the president of the Dominican Human Rights Commission,Virgilio Almanzar, reported that the repatriation of the Haitians has also been accompanied by ill-treatment.

"Even Dominicans of Haitian origin have been deported despite the fact that they presented valid identification documents", he deplored.

Regino Martinez, coordinator of the Jesuit service for refugees and immigrants based in Dajabon, confirmed that some children who were born in the Dominican Republic were among those deported.

Mr. Martinez also indicated that a significant number of the people deported were received by the Catholic Church in Ouanaminthe.

These repatriation operations were conducted at the moment the authorities from the two countries w
ere holding a solidarity conference to consolidate ties between the people of these two countries.

Several meetings of this type were also organized under the Lavalas governments without many results.
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17 Mai 2005, Haiti environnement : SOS, le sud-ouest en dange. (Signal)

Des associations locales redoutent que la Grande Anse ne deviennent, "si rien n'est fait, maintenant", le prochain Gonaives, Mapou ou Fond-Verrette, dont les populations ont souffert des tragédies pendant les saisons pluvieuse et cyclonique de 2004.

"La Grande Anse est en danger", alertent la Chambre de commerce régionale et l'Initiative grande anse laisse dans un document rendu public début mai, en pleine saison pluvieuse en Haiti.

Les associations dénoncent l'exploitation des ressources naturelles encore accessibles et disponibles - les arbres et la faune - par des populations, livrées à elles-mêmes, " sans moyens de
subsistance. "

"Dans ces conditions d'extrême dégradation, la Grande Anse risque de devenir le prochain Gonaives, Mapou ou Fond-Verrette, si rien n'est fait, maintenant", ont-elles prévenu.

La Grande Anse, rappelle le document, est à la fois une réserve naturelle, un grenier de vivres alimentaires, un potentiel immense de ressources en fruits de mer, une capacité énorme de développement en écotourisme et tourisme traditionnel.

"L'ensemble des projets prioritaires que présente la Grande Anse, aujourd'hui coûteront à peine 30 millions de dollars, pas même le tiers de ce qu'il faudrait en cas de catastrophe", souligne le document.

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May 23, 2005 The situation for residents of Fond Verrettes remains precarious, one year after the deadly floods of May 2004 (AHP)

Jacmel - May 23 is the first anniversary of the tragic floods that swept through the community of Fonds-Verrettes.

Seve
ral hundred people were killed and heavy property damage was suffered.

One year after the tragedy, many of the victims still in dire straits despite the promises made by the current government.

The relocation of the town of Fonds-Verrettes as promised by provisional President Boniface Alexandre has yet to take place.

In Mapou, a town that disappeared beneath the flood waters and where close to one thousand people perished, the survivors continue to sleep in tents.

Victims from both communities are denouncing this situation and appealing to the authorities to keep their promises.
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May 24, 2005 The judicial system in the Center department is labeled dysfunctional (AHP)

Mirebalais - Several well-known figures in the Center department spoke out Tuesday against what they called the dysfunctional state of the judicial system in the lower Central Plateau.

Since the events
of February 29, 2004, the situation in this department has worsened. The prisons and other State offices that were destroyed during the armed insurrection against the Aristide government have not been rebuilt.

The presiding judge of the civil court of first instance in Mirebalais, Nady Gaçon, deplored the "disgraceful absence of funds" for the police officers based at the police station in the region as well as employees of the courts.

This situation, he said, encourages acts of banditry in the region.

The bandits know that they can do anything they like because there is no security force to neutralize them.

"It is intolerable to stand by helplessly and watch such disorder", declared Nady Gaçon, who called on the government to enact urgent measures to correct the situation.

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emocracy and equitable development - since 1992.

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