Haitian travel passport upgraded with electronic features

President Jovenel Moïse announced that the Immigration and Emigration Directory (DIE) completed the electronic passport project on Jan. 21, 2021. Jovenel Moïse’s Twitter Images

A project to upgrade Haiti’s travel passport with features has been completed, President Jovenel Moïse said via Twitter on Thursday.

“I congratulate the Immigration and Emigration Directory (DIE)’s staff,” Moïse said. “This important step allows Haiti to update itself and facilitate the movement of its citizens abroad.”

DIE started working on the project in 2017, Moïse said. Moïse didn’t specify when the new electronic passports will be available to the public nor whether citizens carrying the current passport version would need to get replacements.

Moïse awards scholarships to 1,500 students

President Jovenel Moïse holding a certificate alongside a student on Jan. 21, 2021 at the National Palace. Jovenel Moïse’s Twitter Images

President Jovenel Moïse awarded scholarships to 1,500 students in a ceremony at the National Palace on Thursday, he announced on Twitter.

“My administration knows very well that your future is not about putting up barricades, or burning government property. That’s why we’re offering you the opportunity to train yourself,” Moïse said. 

The scholarships are funded by the National Education Fund. Moïse didn’t specify how much the scholarship was worth.

Activists, politicians arrested during anti-Moïse protest in Miragoâne

Senator Nenel Cassy was arrested for taking part in an anti-government protest on Jan. 21, 2021.

At least 12 political activists and political leaders, including Senator Nenel Cassy, were arrested Thursday in Miragoâne, a commune in the Nippes Department, during a protest march to demand Jovenel Moïse leave office on Feb. 7. 

They were held at the police station for about six hours. Renowned activists of #NouKonsyan Ebens Cadet and Pilate Voltaire were among the 12 men police arrested.

“I’m ready to sacrifice all my young years for the respect of the constitution and for the change of my country,” Voltaire tweeted on Friday.

Other demonstrators had burned tires demanding their release.

Onz Chery

Onz Chery

A City College of New York graduate, Onz Chery covers politics, health, crime and other topics for The Haitian Times. He previously wrote for Elite Sports New York and the Cosmopolitan Soccer League. Chery can be contacted by email at [email protected] or on twitter @onz_11.
Onz Chery
Jan. 22, 2021

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