Accused by judges, Haitian president denies corruption allegations
Haitian President Jovenel Moise on Wednesday denied allegations that he was at the center of an embezzlement scheme spanning the last decade.
“I’m looking you in the eye today to say: your president, whom you voted for, is not guilty of corruption,” Moise told a press conference. Continue reading
Haiti: Moïse will not resign – spokesperson
Haitian President Jovenel Moïse will not bow to demands of protesters and resign amid allegations of embezzlement of funds linked to the PetroCaribe oil initiative, according to a spokesman for the head of state. Continue reading
“Your president is not involved in corruption,” President says
During a speech on the 24th anniversary of the Haitian National Police Wednesday, President Jovenel Moïse dismissed accusations against him by the Superior Court of Accounts involving mismanagement of Petrocaribe funds.
“I look you right in the eye to tell you today: your president, the one for whom you voted, is not involved in corruption,” he said in his first speech since the report was released May 31.
The latest report suggests that Moïse was involved in an embezzlement scheme with his company Agritrans before he ran for president. He also asked for people to remain calm in light of the demonstrations throughout Haiti. Continue reading
Reporters Without Borders demands justice for murder of journalist
The “Reporters Without Borders” is urging the Haitian government to take responsibility for ensuring the safety of journalists, especially during protests and of the death of Rospide Pétion, who was murdered Monday night in Port-au-Prince by armed individuals.
“The Haitian authorities must shed light on this sordid execution and bring to justice those responsible for Rospide Pétion’s death,” Reporters Without Borders said in a press release.
Several media and human rights organizations in Haiti have also condemned the “horrific assassination” of Pétion and President Jovenel Moïse has called the act “odious.” Continue reading
Three new ambassadors named to Haiti
President Jovenel Moïse welcomed three new ambassadors to Haiti Wednesday at the National Palace. The new ambassadors are: Zakaria El Goumiri of Morocco, Augusto Carlos Alfredo Layzequilla of Peru and Didem Elag Görkem Gokçe of Turkey.
Moïse assured the ambassadors of his willingness to work together for the development of relations between Haiti and the three countries in addition to maintaining close ties. Continue reading
Haiti wins final friendly match over Guyana ahead of Gold Cup
The Grenadiers won 3-1 on their final match against Guyana Tuesday after failing to defeat Chile and El Salvador in their previous two games ahead of the Gold Cup. Donald Guerrier, Jonel Désiré scored a goal each and Mechak Jerome scored on a penalty kick.
Haiti will face Bermuda in the Gold Cup on June 16. Continue reading
Health & Science
First-ever Pride Celebration Makes History in Haiti
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Haiti may have held its International Condom Day (ICD) a little later than usual, but that doesn’t mean they threw any less of a celebration—which was also the first gay pride event in the country’s history! Continue reading
Artists Gather for Montreal Gala Benefiting Haiti Nonprofit
With the 50th running of the Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve underway, Artists for Peace and Justice held its inaugural charity event in Montreal June 8 at the Ritz-Carlton, raising $250,000 for education initiatives in Haiti, in partnership with KANPE, the charity co-founded by Arcade Fire’s Regine Chassagne. Continue reading