Haiti Topics

Democracy Now! reports on the latest developments in Haiti, and former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s historic journey home after seven years in exile in South Africa.

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  • Haiti’s democratic movement remained in shock today, just 24 hours after pioneering radio broadcaster and leading activist Jean Dominique was gunned down in the courtyard of his radio station. [includes rush transcript]
    Apr 04, 2000 | Story
  • We have this late-breaking news. Two gunmen shot and killed Haiti’s most prominent radio journalist as he pulled into the courtyard of his radio station for a Monday morning newscast. Jean Dominique, who was in his sixties, died at the Haitian Community Hospital in suburban Petionville, where Radio Haiti Inter is located. A station worker also was killed in the attack. There were no immediate arrests. [includes rush transcript]
    Apr 03, 2000 | Story
  • Attorney General Janet Reno said yesterday that politics should be kept out of the emotional case of six-year-old Elian Gonzalez, a Cuban shipwreck survivor who was found clinging to an inner tube after the boat he was on sank, drowning his mother and other Cuban refugees. Reno pleaded for Elian to be returned to his father in Cuba as soon as possible. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 14, 2000 | Story
  • The United States announced aid totaling $47 million to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to help them recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Georges last week.
    Oct 02, 1998 | Story
  • Our next guest has battled both Kenneth Starr and President Clinton in court on the issue of Haiti. And he says that there is a list of political crimes for which Clinton should be impeached.
    Sep 15, 1998 | Story
  • This weekend host Amy Goodman went to the community of Harvard, Massachusetts, 30 miles outside Boston where I spoke to a gathering of Peace Brigades International. The group began about 15 years ago, going to countries where human rights activists were under fire and serving as their escorts. They’ve worked in El Salvador, Haiti, Sri Lanka, and Guatemala. After the assassination of bishop Gerardi last week, it remains to be seen whether...
    May 04, 1998 | Story
  • Ever since more than 20,000 US troops swept into Haiti in September 1994, removing Haiti’s military dictatorship and restoring priest turned president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the question of justice for the thousands of Haitians tortured and killed during the coup has dominated the political life of the Caribbean country.
    Mar 04, 1998 | Story
  • Over the summer, Democracy Now! broke a story exposing the whereabouts of a death squad leader accused of committing crimes against humanity. Emmanuel Constant, the head of the Haitian death squad FRAPH which human rights groups say was responsible for many of the violent acts committed during the three year military dictatorship of General Raoul Cedras, is presently wanted on charges of arson, torture and murder in Haiti. But as we reported...
    Nov 17, 1997 | Story
  • The crisis in the New York police department sparked by the allegations of a brutal torture of a Haitian immigrant deepened yesterday. The two top officers of the station house at the center of the controversy were reassigned and ten other officers were placed on desk duty. One officer, Justin Volpe, faces charges of aggravated sexual abuse and first-degree assault.
    Aug 15, 1997 | Story
  • The US Ambassador to the United Nations, Bill Richardson, is expected to fly to Port Au Prince, Haiti today, amid rising protests against World Bank and IMF imposed austerity measures and the continued occupation on Haiti by 2000 US and UN troops. Richardson is expected to pressure the Haitian president to stick to policies laid out by Washington, and appoint a new, pro-business Prime Minister.
    Jul 14, 1997 | Story