President Jovenel Moïse (right) posing for a picture with Bocchit Edmond, Haiti's new Ambassador to the United States. Jovenel Moïse's Twitter Images

Bocchit Edmond appointed as Haiti’s Ambassador to the US

President Jovenel Moïse (right) posing for a picture with Bocchit Edmond, Haiti’s new Ambassador to the United States. Jovenel Moïse’s Twitter Images

Bocchit Edmond was appointed as Haiti’s Ambassador to the United States, President Jovenel Moïse announced on his Twitter account on Tuesday.

“I am honored [because] Mr. President Jovenel Moïse placed his trust in me, a humble person.” Edmond tweeted. “I will continue to serve my country with patriotism and loyalty.”

Bocchit is a former Minister of Foreign Affairs. He replaces Hervé Denis, who was Haiti’s Ambassador to the U.S. for the past two years.

Witnesses: Police linked to recent kidnappings, violence 

A Haitian National Police (PNH) officer looks on as Haitians stand behind him in the in the border of Malpasse, Haiti, March 17, 2020. Haiti has suspended flights from Europe, Latin America and Canada and impose major restrictions on the border with the neighboring Dominican Republic to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Men dressed in police uniform have participated in many of the recent kidnappings in Port-au-Prince, eyewitnesses and some victims have said. On Wednesday night, four armed bandits walked out of a police vehicle and attempted to rob valuables from two men whose car had broken down on Delmas 29. When the two men said they had nothing valuable, the would-be carjackers beat them.

Port-au-Prince has seen a rash of kidnappings and carjackings in the last few months with increasing frequency each week. When asked about the accusations, the Haitian National Police (PNH) chose not to comment, said Amélie Baron, an Agence France-Press reporter. Source

Haitian diplomat tells Dominicans to stop speaking ill of Haiti

Claude Joseph, Haiti’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, speaking at an event in the Dominican Republic.

Claude Joseph, Haiti’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with his Dominican counterpart, Roberto Álvarez, on Monday and asked that Dominican officials stop speaking negatively about Haiti in their speeches, according to Efe, a Spanish-language news outlet. 

The two countries have a long history of tension. Dominicans often criticize Haitians who migrated to their country for using their resources. In recent speeches, Dominican officials have made similar comments that were viewed as disparaging. For instance, Plutarco Arias, Dominican’s health minister, said Haitian women visit their countries’ hospitals to give birth and they can’t afford it. 

“We have been clear with the Dominican Minister of Foreign Affairs on the need to remove these negative stories in official speeches. It’s not good for Haiti or the Dominican Republic,” Joseph told Efe. “Dominicans must protect Haitians and Haitians must protect Dominicans, he said. Source

Onz Chery

Onz Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He also wrote for First Touch, Cosmopolitan Soccer League and other local soccer leagues in New York. After...

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