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Country profile for Haiti

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Red (High Risk) InTouch advice:

Most parts of the country are dangerous.

Do not travel unless absolutely necessary.

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Some parts of the country are dangerous.

Travel with caution.

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Most parts of the country are safe.

Travel freely.

General Information

  • Capital: Port-au-Prince
  • Major Languages: French, Haitian, Creole
  • Currency: Gourde
  • Timezone: GMT -5:00

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Haiti is still struggling to recover from the 2010 earthquake that devastated the capital, Port-au-Prince. Over 300,000 people are believed to have been killed and more than a million were displaced nationwide. In early-2019, the UN estimated that more than 2,6m people are still in need of immediate humanitarian assistance, while sporadic cholera outbreaks, food insecurity and further natural disasters continue to affect the country. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy left a trail of destruction in southern Haiti, where more than 50 people were killed and thousands of new cholera cases recorded. In August 2016, around 900 people were killed when Hurricane Matthew also made landfall in southern Haiti. Officials revealed that almost 90 percent of the country’s southern territory was devastated and further exacerbated Haiti’s current crisis. Several areas around the country are still vulnerable to natural disasters.

Haiti received more than $13 billion in aid from international organisations and the UN in the aftermath of the earthquake; however, reconstruction efforts are still extremely slow and more than 900,000 still need housing assistance. Among the reasons behind the lack of progress are the country’s weak infrastructure and widespread government corruption. Both are coupled with massive logistical challenges and a lack of coordination among thousands of NGOs. Haiti was already engulfed in elevated levels of political instability, which raised concerns from international donors over aid mismanagement. Transparency International places Haiti as the second most corrupt country in the Americas on its 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).

In 2015, Haiti was engulfed in another political crisis when President Michel Martelly called for long-delayed elections after his parliament was dissolved. In August, several people were killed when protests escalated nationwide during the legislative elections. Tensions remained high until the presidential run-off in December, where President Martelly’s close ally Jovenel Moise defeated opposition candidate Jude Celestin. Celestin and several candidates publicly condemned the vote and rejected the results over fraud allegations. When President Martelly stepped down from office in February 2016, lawmakers nominated Jocelerme Privet as Haiti’s interim president, who held office until the re-run in November. In that vote, Moise consolidated his victory. Results were only officially confirmed in early 2017 after the National Bureau of Electoral Litigation (BCEN) rejected fresh fraud allegations.

In July 2018, Port-au-Prince came to a standstill after thousands of demonstrators took to the streets to protest against a hike in fuel prices. Vehicles were set ablaze while widespread looting was reported across the capital. Travellers were left stranded after Port-au-Prince’s Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) was forced to shut down when demonstrators erected roadblocks. Intense protests lasted for nearly 72 hours, leading the government to back down on the decision to introduce the new taxes, which would have caused an increase of up to 50 percent on petrol, diesel and kerosene. Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant announced the measure after an official visit from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to Haiti in late-June. In a statement, the IMF revealed that Haiti is forecast to experience a slight increase to its economy; however, they called on the government to push for further economic reforms and the introduction of new policies to reduce the country’s deficit. Lafontant was forced to resign in July that year after a new wave of protests. He was replaced by Jean-Henry Ceant. Since February 2019, another wave of protests has further affected Haiti. For months, the Venezuelan-backed Petrocaribe programme has been involved in controversy after a report revealed that it was used to embezzle public funds. It is estimated that up to four billion dollars in Petrocaribe money is missing or was diverted from social development programmes in Haiti. Apart from President Moise, several former ministers are accused of involvement in one of the largest corruption scandals ever reported in the country. As protests continued, Prime Minister Ceant was forced to resign a month after taking office. Jean-Michel Lapin was nominated as his replacement but was promptly removed from his post four months later. In July 2019, Fritz-William Michel was nominated to become the fourth Haitian prime minister in less than three years. As of October, Michel had not yet been sworn in as violent protests near parliament forced multiple sessions to be suspended.

After 13 years, the United Nations Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) was officially withdrawn in October 2017. The move came after the UN acknowledged substantial improvements in the country regarding its political and security stability. MINUSTAH was being replaced by the MINUJUSTH – comprised of nearly a thousand former police officers. In June 2019, the UN Security Council has approved the creation of a new political mission in Haiti. The UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH), which will assist the government on security, judicial and political issues. BINUH came into effect on 16 October 2019.

Violent crime increased significantly in the aftermath of many natural disasters and long-standing political instability. Recently, there have been reports of several high profile armed robberies of foreign nationals around Port-au-Prince’s PAP. Three US citizens and a Canadian national were killed during these incidents. In May 2016, a police officer was shot dead after dozens of armed assailants stormed a police station in Les Cayes, southern Haiti. A few weeks later, a Swedish national was shot dead in a commercial district of the capital. There are also frequent home invasions in the city’s more affluent neighbourhoods, which include some areas in Ouest department, Laboule and Pelerin. Most foreign governments also advise against all travel to the Carrefour, Cite Soleil, Martissany and Bel Air slum areas. In June 2019, a spate in violent territorial disputes involving rival criminal groups was reported in the northern region of Artibonite. Since tensions broke out in the region, more than 2,000 people have been displaced.

Haiti is often directly and collaterally affected by the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which usually occurs from June to November. It is important to note that even low-intensity hurricanes or tropical storms may trigger widespread flooding and landslides across the country. Alongside Sandy and Matthew, Haiti has been affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria that heavily devastated its Caribbean neighbours. Visitors should monitor local media and the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) for up-to-date weather information during these months.

Haiti is among a number of countries worldwide which have been hit by the global outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The latest case figures can be viewed here.

News articles


Haitian journalist Diego Charles shot and killed in Port-au-Prince

Miami, July 1, 2021 — Haitian authorities should conduct a swift and comprehensive investigation into the killing of journalist Diego Charles, determine if he was targeted for his reporting, and ensure those responsible are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Alerts for Haiti

Five people shot and killed in Port-au-Prince bar shooting

Five people were shot and killed in Port-au-Prince on Friday evening. The shooting took place at a bar located in the Girardo neighbourhood, in the Pétion-Ville district. According to reports, an unidentified group of gunmen went into the bar and shot at a group of people before fleeing the scene. Police believe the crime to be gang-related. No arrests have been reported. 

PM Henry fires chief public prosecutor after becoming a suspect in President Jovenel Moise's assassination

Haitian PM Ariel Henry replaced the chief public prosecutor who asked him to testify in the investigation probing the assassination of President Jovenel Moise yesterday. The prosecutor had asked Mr. Henry to clear up a series of phone calls made to the incident's prime suspect just hours before the assassination. PM Henry named Frantz Louis Juste to the post after firing Prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude, who had ordered the PM not to be allowed to leave the country. 

PM Henry asked to testify in investigaton of Jovenel Moise's assassination

Haiti's acting Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, was asked to testify in the investigation of Jovenel Moise's assassination. The lead prosecutor asked Mr. Henry to explain his connection to the main suspect. According to investigators, Mr. Henry made several phone calls to the main suspect, Joseph Felix Badio, just a few hours before the assassination took place. Mr. Henry is not required to testify by law but is reportedly inclined to do so noting the gravity of the situation in the country. 

Eight killed, eight injured following traffic collision in Petit-Goave

At least eight people died and eight others injured following a traffic collision in Petit-Goave, Ouest earlier today. The incident took place on the RN2 highway in the Capedestré (Morne Tapion) locality at around 06:00 local time. According to reports, a bus' breaks failed and caused it to crash straight into several vehicles.

NGO staff member kidnapped in Port-au-Prince

A staff member of Nos Petits Freres et Soeurs (NPFS)  was reportedly kidnapped in Tabarre, Port-au-Prince yesterday. In response to the kidnapping, the organisation announced the closure of all its institutions in order to demand the unconditional release of their staffer. According to the UN Integrated Office in Haiti, there have been 234 reported kidnappings in the country this year. 

Two people kidnapped for ransom in Port-au-Prince

Two people were reportedly kidnapped by unidentified armed suspects n Gressier, Ouest yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Petit Goâve Rd at around 17:00 local time. According to reports, the victims were riding a vehicle as they got stopped and taken by the abductors, who have reportedly demanded a ransom in exchange for their release. 

Government postpones reopening of in-person schooling

Yesterday, the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training announced it postponed its plans to reopen in-person schooling in Haiti. Prime Minister Ariel Henry said classes that were supposed to resume on 6 September, will now resume on 21 September. The measure pertains to the areas that were not affected by the recent earthquake. In Nippes, Grand'Anse, and Departments du Sud, classes are scheduled to continue on 4 October. 

Three people, including transport minister and national bank executive, kidnapped in Port-au-Prince

Three people were kidnapped, including the transport minister and a national bank executive, yesterday in Port-au-Prince, Ouest. The kidnappings occurred at around 19:00 local time outside the National Bank of Credit (BNC) offices. The kidnappers have reportedly demanded a large ransom for their release. Also kidnapped, was the Haitian Director-General of the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communication, along with his driver. 

Police officer kidnapped in Port-au-Prince

A police officer was reportedly kidnapped by gang members in Port-au-Prince yesterday. According to reports, the officer was abducted from a public transport vehicle on Macajoux St at around 18:00 local time as he returned home from work. Another police officer was reportedly on the bus with him, but was not identified by the assailants and therefore left alone. According to police, the kidnapping was executed as retribution for the 'Krache Dife' gang's leader being killed by police two days prior. 

Gang leader killed in Croix-des-Bouquets

An alleged gang leader was reportedly killed by rival gang members in Croix-des-Bouquets, Ouest yesterday evening. The incident took place at around 02:00 local time when the gang leader, Carl Henry (aka Deportee) was targeted by 400 Mawozo gang members. No arrests have been reported. 

Social worker kidnapped in Port-au-Prince

One person was reportedly kidnapped by unidentified suspects yesterday in Santo 19, Port-au-Prince. The victim was identified as a laboratory technician who was working at the Saint Damien Hospital and was a member of the Nos Petits Freres at Soeurs (NPFS) organization. The latter reportedly suspended its activities following the kidnapping in order to focus on "the unconditional release" of their colleague. 

Earthquake death toll now at 1,950, almost 10,000 hospitalized

The death toll from the 7.2-magnitude earthquake has now reportedly risen to 1,950 as the search for survivors resumed after a tropical storm passed yesterday. Hospitals have been struggling to tend to the wounded, whose official tally rose to 9,920. According to the Haitian Civil Protection Service, relief efforts have become complicated due to weak road infrastructure and gang control in key points. Flash flooding and landslides created by Tropical Storm 'Grace' have further complicated efforts. 

World leaders pledge aid to Haiti after 7.2-magnitude earthquake

A group of world leaders pledged to mobilize aid to Haiti following Saturday's 7.2-magnitude earthquake. According to reports, around 1,300 people have died and some 5,700 people who were wounded overwhelmed the country's already-debilitated health system. The US and the EU have reportedly mobilized emergency response departments to offer aid on the ground for reconstruction and satellite imagery capabilities to assist with search and rescue missions. The leaders of the Dominican Republic, México, Canada, Chile, Bolivia, Perú, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, and Spain have reportedly also offered their support by preparing shipments of aid to be delivered as soon as possible. Response efforts could also be hampered by Tropical Depression Grace, which is projected to head over the affected area. 

Earthquake death toll hits 700

The death toll from Saturday's 7.2-magnitude earthquake has surpassed 700. More than 2,800 people were also wounded, while there has been extensive damage to buildings across the west of the country. The epicentre of the quake was 12km from the town of Saint-Louis du Sud. Prime Minister Ariel Henry has announced a month-long state of emergency, while US President Joe Biden has authorised an "immediate US response" to help Haiti and said USAID would work to support efforts to "assess the damage and assist efforts to recover those who were injured and those who must now rebuild."

Tsunami warning issued after strong earthquake

A tsunami warning has been issued after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck western Haiti. Buildings have been damaged but there are no immediate reports of casualties following the quake, which struck near the town of Petit Trou de Nippes at a depth of 10km. Tens of thousands of people died in a 7.0-magnitude quake near the capital Port-au-Prince in 2010, an incident which the country has still not recovered from.

Haiti asks UN for assistance as fuel theft network causes shortages

Authorities reported that 4,000 gallons of diesel were stolen from the Carrefour 3 plant over the weekend. The plant's director said in a statement that a fuel theft network within Electricité d'Haiti is responsible, and also "greatly contribute" to the country's ongoing electrical shortages and blackouts. The accusations come as the Haitian Foreign Ministry submitted an investigation proposal to the UN, requesting assistance and an international commission of inquiry into President Moise's assassination and the country's kidnapping crisis. Two judges have reportedly gone into hiding after rumours of them taking the case emerged, and were followed by death threats 

MSF permanently closes hospital in Port-au-Prince due to ongoing gang violence

Yesterday morning, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) announced that they would now permanently close their emergency hospital in Port-au-Prince. The hospital, located in the Martissant neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince, had been temporarily closed due to ongoing gang violence in the area last month. The organization now announced its decision to close the hospital permanently, as gang violence increases and the organization had been struggling to keep its employees and volunteers safe. 

Haiti bans imports on pork products after African Swine Fever outbreak

The government of Haiti announced an import ban on all pork products coming from the Dominican Republic yesterday morning. The decision came after the Dominican Republic reported an African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak earlier this week that has spread throughout at least a dozen of its provinces. Yesterday, Canada and the US imposed the same ban on pork product imports. 

Arrest warrant issued for former Supreme Court judge over links to President's assassination

Police authorities in Haiti issued an arrest warrant for Wendelle Coq-Thelot, a former Supreme Court judge, on Saturday. The warrant comes after Mr Coq-Thelot was accused of meeting with several of the mercenaries who carried out President Jovenel Moise's assassination in July. Prior to the assassination, Coq-Thelot and two other Supreme Court judges had been fired in February, when President Moise suspected a coup d'etat was being plotted against him. According to authorities, Mr Coq-Thelot is yet to be found. 

Two arrest warrants issued, including a judge, over connections to President Moise's assassination

The Central Directorate of the Judicial Police (DCPJ) of Haiti issued an arrest warrant against a judge over allegations that he was connected to the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. The Prosecutor's Office also presented charges against Wendelle Coq Thélot for armed robbery and murder in connection to the president's murder. Both of the indicted remain at large. 

Violent protests erupt in Cap-Haitien and Dondon before funeral of late President Moise

Violent protests were staged yesterday by sympathizers of Jovenel Moise in Cap-Haitian and Dondon. The demonstrators allegedly tried to set fire to a restaurant located on Blvd du Cap-Haitien and blocked the bridge connecting Cap-Haitien and Dondon with the rest of the country. According to police reports, the protesters fired guns during their blockade. The area currently hosts heightened security measures due to the funeral of President Moise, which is being held today. US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield tweeted: “We urge everyone to express themselves peacefully and refrain from violence.”

New government with Ariel Henry as PM to be enforced as of tomorrow

According to various reports, a new government will be formed in Haiti as of tomorrow, with Ariel Henry appointed as Prime Minister. The UN and the Organisation of American States (OAS) released a joint statement backing Ariel Henry on 17 July. Mr Henry had been nominated by the late President Jovenel Moise two days before his death. The killing of Moise caused doubts about Henry's legitimacy due to him not being sworn in before the assassination, with interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph initially claiming power.

Sixteen kidnapped after bus hijacking in Port-au-Prince

Authorities reported that 16 bus passengers were abducted yesterday in Port-au-Prince. The unidentified assailants reportedly hijacked a bus near Gros-Morne, Artibonite at around 09:00 local time. The bus, which carried 40 people on board, was hijacked whilst travelling from Port-de-Paix to Port-au-Prince. Police said the act was most probably carried out by criminal gangs and an investigation has been launched.

Anti-narcotics officer shot dead in Port-au-Prince

Authorities reported that a police officer was shot dead yesterday by armed suspects in Tabarre, Ouest. According to reports, the incident occurred in Carrefour Rita, sometime in the afternoon. The victim, who formed part of the anti-narcotics unit BLTS, was found by authorities at around 18:00 local time. No suspects have been identified and no arrests have been reported. 

Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) reopened for "limited operations"

Authorities in Haiti announced that Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) has now reopened for "limited operations". The airport had been shut down after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. As countries like the Dominican Republic suspended air travel to and from Haiti, flights are expected to be limited. 

Biden dispatches delegation of senior officials to Haiti

President Joe Biden has dispatched a delegation of US officials to Haiti after its interim government requested security and investigative assistance. Officials from the White House National Security Council, the State Department, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security are included in the delegation. The White House previously said it was sending FBI and DHS officials to investigate the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. The Biden administration is working with acting prime minister Claude Joseph, who has requested the assistance, as well as Ariel Henry, minister of the interior, who was appointed prime minister by Moïse before his death, and Joseph Lambert, leader of the Haitian Senate, all of whom claim leadership of the nation.

Colombians and Haitian-Americas held on allegations of conspiracy to murder President Moïse

Seventeen Colombians and two Haitian Americans from South Florida are in custody in Haiti on allegations of conspiring to assassinate Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. The men claim to have been recruited by a firm in Doral called CTU Security, run by Venezuelan expat Antonio Enmanuel Intriago Valera. The two Haitian Americans - reported to be James Solages, 35, and Vincent Joseph, 55 - told Judge Clément Noël that they were hired as translators but did not reveal who their employer was. 

Haitian government asks US to send troops

The Haitian government issued a statement requesting the US to send troops in order to protect key infrastructure earlier today. According to reports, even before President Jovenel Moise was killed, infrastructure such as electricity generation facilities, telecommunications networks, and ports had been heavily hindered by criminal activity. Additionally, the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic both closed their embassies in Haiti and recalled their diplomatic staff due to security concerns. 

Five people killed in Port-au-Prince violence

Haitian authorities reported that at least five people died and several others were wounded during violent clashes amongst criminal gangs following the president's assassination in Port-au-Prince. Violent incidents in Martissant and Fontamara left four people dead after armed civilians shot at public transport vehicles, and another person was shot and killed during a protest in the police headquarters in Pétion-Ville. Additionally, PM Claude Joseph said the assassination of the president will not impact the upcoming elections and constitutional referendum scheduled on 26 September. The US pledged to send FBI agents to help with the investigation of the president's assassination, donate $5m USD and Covid-19 vaccines to the country. 

Seventeen arrested in connection to the assassination of President Moise

Haitian police announced that they arrested 17 suspects in connection with President Jovenel Moise's assassination. Reportedly, the group of men were found inside the Taiwanese Embassy in Haiti. The group was made up of 28 members, including 26 Colombians and two US nationals. According to the head of Haiti's National Police, Leon Charles, eight others remain at large and three have been killed. Additionally, a power struggle has erupted between PM Claude Joseph and interim PM, Ariel Henry, whom Moise appointed as permanent PM days before his death.

US cancels flights to Haiti, Canada issues travel advisory

Due to Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) closing following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, all flights from the US to Haiti were cancelled. Additionally, the Canadian Government issued a travel advisory for Haiti. Global Affairs advised Canadians in Haiti to limit movement within the territory, comply with authorities, monitor local media and avoid areas where demonstrations may be taking place. 

Dominican Republic suspends all air operations with Haiti

The Dominican Republic's Civil Aviation Board (JAC) has announced the suspension of all air operations with Haiti. The measure comes just 24 hours after closing its land borders following the assassination of Haiti's president. As of now, only aircrafts carrying Dominican diplomats are permitted to land in Haiti. Dominican nationals and foreign diplomatic personnel duly accredited in Haiti are permitted to land at La Isabela International Airport in Santo Domingo. Additionally, the Haitian Embassy was closed in Santo Domingo. 

Four gunmen linked to Moise assassination killed by police

Haitian police have shot dead four people suspected of assassinating President Jovenel Moise. "Four mercenaries were killed [and] two were intercepted under our control," police chief Leon Charles said in a televised statement late on Wednesday. "Three policemen who had been taken hostage have been recovered." Moise was shot dead and the first lady wounded in the attack at their private residence early on Wednesday morning. Footage from the scene appears to show the assailants claiming to be from the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), although Haiti's ambassador to the US, Bocchit Edmond, said there was "no way" US agents were involved. A two-week state of emergency has been imposed in Haiti.

PM Joseph declares 'state of seige', airports shutdown and borders closed

In response to the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, Haitian Prime Minister, Claude Joseph (now acting president) declared a 'state of siege' in the country. The latter grants enhanced powers to the executive branch of the government. Additionally, Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) closed, cancelling or diverting all flights. The Dominican Republic also closed its border with Haiti anticipating a deteriorating security situation in the country. 

President Moise assassinated at home

Haiti's President Jovenel Moise has been assassinated at his home near Port-au-Prince. A group of gunmen stormed his private residence late on Tuesday and fatally shot Moise, according to the interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph. The first lady Martine Moise was also wounded in the attack and has been taken to hospital for treatment. "All measures are being taken to guarantee the continuity of the state and to protect the nation,” said Joseph, who has taken charge of the country. Moise had been ruling by decree after elections scheduled to take place in 2018 were delayed.

Nurse shot and killed by criminals in Port-au-Prince

Health authorities reported that a nurse was killed by criminals yesterday in Port-au-Prince. According to reports, the group of unidentified suspects opened fire on an ambulance indiscriminately. The incident took place in Martissant during the afternoon. No arrests have been reported. 

Six killed in Haiti plane crash

Six people have been killed after a private plane crashed south-west of Port-au-Prince. Two American missionaries were among those killed in the crash, according to the US-based organisation Gospel to Haiti. The plane was travel from the capital to the city of Jacmel when it crashed. An investigation is underway to determine the cause.

FKJL claims 60 people were killed in Port-au-Prince last week

The Je Klere Foundation (FJKL) released a report yesterday on the security situation in Haiti. According to the report, around 60 people were killed in Port-au-Prince from 25 -30 June. The report also claims that during that same timeframe, not a single suspect was arrested. The report also claimed that the team in charge of executing the upcoming elections and constitutional referendum has been incompetent in its work to date.


Five killed due to gang violence in Port-au-Prince

Five people were killed yesterday in Nazon, Port-au-Prince. According to police, the shootings were carried out by gangs in the area. Amongst the victims were a journalist and a social activist, who were killed in Christ-Roi. Police believe some of the victims were caught in the middle of the incidents whilst trying to report on gang violence in Port-au-Prince. No arrests have been reported. 

Elections and referendum scheduled after months of delay

After months of turmoil and uncertainty, the government of Haiti announced that elections for President and the Legislature, as well as a constitutional referendum, will take place on 26 September. The long delay was caused by an increase in Covid-19 infections and political turmoil surrounding President Jovenei Moise. The announcement said candidates may campaign from 26 August - 24 September. 

MSF temporarily shuts down amid violence in Port-au-Prince

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) announced that it would temporarily close one of its emergency hospitals in Port-au-Prince yesterday. The measure comes after an armed attack took place at their hospital in Martissant on 26 June. The organization said in a statement that they could not provide care without risking the life of their staff at the moment, hence their decision to temporarily shut down. 

Two killed after gang attack in Croix-des-Bouquets

Two people died as the infamous 400 Mawozo gang set fire to 10 vehicles in the Croix-des-Bouquets commune in Port-au-Prince. The incident took place outside the Dieu Béthel church as a funeral was being held. Police say the incident is part of a larger effort by the gang to solidify its control over Croix-des-Bouquets. 

Government creates new task force for displaced citizens

Haiti's Social Affairs Minister, Fuy Francois, announced the creation of a new task force aimed at assisting with the protection of thousands of people who have been displaced as an effect of gang-related violence in Port-au-Prince. The new task force's first goal is to help coordinate and organize dozens of organizations that are already offering aid to an estimated 20,000 displaced residents. The task force will also focus on improving social programmes, community awareness and social appeasement.

Guyana to implement visa requirements for Haitians

The government of Guyana announced that Haitian nationals will now require a visa to enter the country. President Irfaan Ali implemented the measure citing an effort to curb human trafficking. Under Immigration Order 2019, which is now void, Haitians were given an automatic six-month stay upon arrival in Guyana; a similar order will likely be imposed on Cuban nationals in the near future.

Three alleged gang members arrested

Three gang members were arrested yesterday in Port-au-Prince after civilians of the Belladère comune apprehended the suspects and delivered them to the police. The detainees are alleged members of the 400 Mawozo gang. The Mawozo gang has been deemed responsible for multiple violent attacks on civilians and police. Police believe the gang is responsible for an attack on a bank branch in Martissant yesterday, where assailants stormed into a Sogebank branch on Martissant 15 at night. 

Two killed in ongoing Port-au-Prince violence

Two people died yesterday in the ongoing violence in Port-au-Prince. A police officer was shot and killed by unidentified assailants in Petion-Ville, according to reports. At least 40 officers have been killed in Port-au-Prince this year. Additionally, another person was shot dead by unidentified gang members in Martissant. The suspects also set the victim's house on fire. No arrests have been reported. 

US State Department moves Haiti to 'do not travel' risk level

The US State Department announced that it elevated the travel security risk to level 4 (do not travel) for Haiti yesterday. The US Embassy issued warnings about civil unrest, kidnapping, Covid-19 spread, poor public health infrastructure, high criminality rates, weak security institutions, and ongoing violence. The authority issued a statement recommending that all US citizens leave the country.

Fuel shortages reported in Port-au-Prince

Fuel shortages have been reported in Port-au-Prince and several provincial towns, including Gonaïves, Saint-Marc and Fort-Liberté. On Sunday the Director-General of Electricity of Haiti, Michel Présumé, warned that there could be power shortages due to armed clashes in the Martissant area. Long queues have been reported at fuel stations due to the violence, which has delayed the delivery of gasoline.

Gang takes over Cité-Soleil police station in ongoing conflict

An armed gang led by Ti Gabriel reportedly took control of the Cité-Soleil police station in Port-au-Prince on Saturday afternoon. It remains unclear if police officers were harmed during the takeover, or if they evacuated earlier. The police station was reportedly taken as a strategic location in the group's ongoing conflict against rival Ti Bwa and Gran-Ravin gangs. 

Violence erupts in Port-au-Prince following the arrest of former PNH agent

Authorities reported incidents of gunfire, stone-pelting, and road blockades amid increased tensions following the arrest of a former police officer in Port-au-Prince yesterday. The violent demonstrations reportedly began after a former PNH agent known as 'Commander Jeff' was arrested by the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police (DCPJ).

Eight police officers killed in targeted attacks on police stations

Authorities in Haiti reported that between 5-6 June, eight officers were killed in targeted attacks against police stations in Port-au-Prince, Drouillard, and Portail St Joseph. The attack in Drouillard killed one police officer, three officers were killed in Portail St Joseph, and four others at the main Port-au-Prince police station. Police say the country has become less secure with a substantial increase in gang violence. 

One dead, another injured after riot in Ouanaminthe

At least one person died and another was injured during a riot in Ouanaminthe earlier today. The riot occurred as hundreds of people attempted to enter the Dajabón market on the Dominican side of the border area, which is closed due to a recent spike in Covid-19. Haiti's border police tried to stop buyers and traders from passing, which escalated into a clash and later a riot. 

Government postpones constitutional referendum indefinitely

The government of Haiti announced that its constitutional referendum, which was scheduled to take place on 27 June, has been postponed indefinitely, citing Covid-19 concerns. The Haitian Electoral Council said the decision was made due to "difficulties in assembling and training all the temporary staff" necessary to conduct the voting process under the current conditions. 

Hospitals no longer accepting patients in Port-au-Prince

Haiti's Health Ministry reported 2,112 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the tally to over 15,000 for the month of May. Hospitals in Port-au-Prince announced that they were all at 100 percent capacity and would not accept any new patients as of 5 June, until considerable space has been cleared up. Haiti remains under a state of emergency limiting religious services to 30 percent capacity and sports and entertainment events are prohibited. Haiti now tallies 15,282 cases and 323 deaths due to the coronavirus. 

Five killed, thirty injured after gang clash in Port-au-Prince

At least five people died, around 30 others were injured and several houses were burned to the ground after clashes between two armed gangs in Martissant, Port-au-Prince yesterday. The clashes took place on National Route-2 during a dispute between the Gran Ravine and Ti Bwa gangs. According to witnesses, members of one of the gangs attacked the Martissant police station and got into an exchange with several officers. Police say a territorial dispute had been escalating since Tuesday and reported around 130 deaths this year due to gang violence. 

President Moise extends state of emergency and curfew amid Covid-19 spike

Haiti's President Jovenel Moise announced the extension of the ongoing state of health emergency, including its nighttime curfew, for another 15 days amid a recent surge in Covid-19 infections. The curfew runs from 20:00 through 05:00 local time and the use of masks in public spaces remain mandatory. Public and private institutions must limit staff capacity to 50 percent. Haiti currently tallies 11,600 cases and 320 deaths due to the coronavirus. 

Two killed, several others injured after gang clash in Port-au-Prince

An armed conflict between gangs in Cité Solei, Port-au-Prince left two people dead and several others injured on Saturday morning. According to reports, this is the latest violent incident in the region that has seen a steep rise in armed gang violence in recent months. 

President Moise announces eight-day state of emergency amid spike in Covid-19 cases

President Jovenel Moise has announced an eight-day state of emergency due to a recent spike in Covid-19 infections, including the presence of the UK and Brazil variants. The new orders include a mandatory mask mandate for all public spaces and gatherings. Haiti is yet to begin its vaccination programme and has been slow to obtain vaccines from the WHO. The Mayor of Santiago (Dominican Republic) asked to close the border with Haiti on Sunday. Haiti currently tallies 13,735 cases and 300 deaths due to the coronavirus. 

Three killed in gang crossfire in Croix-des-Bouquets

At least three civilians were caught in the crossfire during clashes between two rival gangs in Croix-des-Bouquets yesterday morning. The shooting occurred on Route Nationale 1 and Route 9 at around 09:00 local time. The National Network on Defense of Human Rights recently reported that armed gangs have killed around 125 people since August 2020 in Port-au-Prince. According to the report, most killings have occurred in Bel-Air, Cite Soleil, and Croix-des-Bouquets. 

Ten kidnapped after hijacking in Port-au-Prince

At least 10 people were kidnapped yesterday in Port-au-Prince. Two armed suspects reportedly hijacked a minivan near Stade National Sylvio Cator early in the morning and fled with the passengers. No arrests have been made. 

Two injured after government official's vehicle was attacked

Unidentified assailants attacked a government official's vehicle in Petion-Ville, Ouest yesterday, leaving two people injured. The vehicle belonged to Frantz Iderice, the director-general of the Social Assistance Fund (CAS), and was reportedly attacked on Rue Rebecca. No arrests have been made. 

Protest warning in Port-au-Prince

Authorities warned of planned protests in Port-au-Prince today. The demonstrations will reportedly protest against the constitutional referendum and the general kidnapping crisis on the island. Authorities also warned about other protests which may be staged on Haitian Flag Day. The US Embassy warned about staying clear of Champs de Mars, Carrefour, Nazon, Lalue, Bourdon, Juvenat, Delmas and Petionville. 

President Moise renews PM appointment for another 30 days

President Jovenel Moise announced the renewal of his prime minister for an additional 30 days over the weekend. The renewal comes as five other candidates are being considered for the post. PM Claude Joseph, President Moise's sixth PM, was appointed to office in April without going through the confirmation process, worrying Haitians that its checks and balances system is being undermined. 

Clash amongst gangs has left 40 dead in Port-au-Prince

Dozens of people were killed in armed clashes in Port-au-Prince last week. An ongoing conflict between the gang leaders of Boston and Bélékou, the G9 group, and the Brooklyn group since 28 April, reportedly escalated on 11-14 May resulting in at least 40 deaths. Seven people are missing and 15 others injured.

Violence in Port-au-Prince leaves one dead, five injured

A clash amongst gangs in Port-au-Prince left five people injured yesterday. It has been reported that fewer and fewer people transit National Route 1 due to ongoing violence in the area. Additionally, a police officer was shot dead by unidentified assailants in the afternoon, after the officer came out of a bank branch. All of the suspects fled and no arrests have been made.

Three dead after shooting in Carrefour

A shooting in Carrefour, Ouest left three people dead on Saturday afternoon. Reportedly, a dozen men riding on four motorcycles came into a house in the Bizoton area and shot children whilst they slept in their rooms. Police arrested a dozen men and later released them.

Kidnapping gangs agree to week-long truce in Port-au-Prince

The National Commission for Disarmament, Dismantling and Reintegration (CNDDR) announced that two armed gangs, responsible for more than 91 kidnappings in April, have agreed to a week-long truce as part of an effort to reduce violence in the areas that they operate in, namely Village of God and Grand-Ravine. The negotiations came together after simultaneous efforts to disarm and reintegrate their members.

Protests in Port-au-Prince block Fontamara and Martissant

Several protests were reported in Port-au-Prince earlier today. The protests blocked the Fontamara and Martissant areas early in the morning. The crowd had gathered to denounce the recent kidnapping of a minor. Burning tyres, rocks and other debris blocked the roads. No arrests or injuries were reported.  

Protesters block roads in Port-au-Prince

A protest involving incidents of stone-throwing and tyre burning was reported yesterday in Port-au-Prince. The protesters reportedly demanded the release of a local resident who was kidnapped over the past weekend in Nazon. According to witnesses the protesters also blocked a road in the GOC University area. 

Last of group of 10 Catholic hostages freed in Haiti

The last six of 10 hostages who were kidnapped in Haiti earlier this month were released on Friday, including four Catholic priests and two French citizens. The group of 10 were initially taken from the commune of Croix-des-Bouquets, north-east of the capital Port-au-Prince, on April 11. Local media reported that the kidnapping was undertaken by the "400 Mawozo" gang, which allegedly demanded a ransom of $1 million. It is unclear as to whether any ransom was paid. 

Twenty-one killed in bus collision in Arcahaie

A bus collision in Arcahaie, Ouest left at least 21 people dead and 30 injured yesterday. The collision reportedly took place as the bus driver tried to overtake a car on a two-lane, two-way street. All injured victims were hospitalized. 

Three kidnapped in Port-au-Prince

Three people were kidnapped yesterday evening in Port-au-Prince. Reports suggest the '400 Mawozo' armed group operating in Croix-des-Bouquets is responsible. No arrests have been made. 

Five abducted in Port-au-Prince over the weekend

Authorities reported five kidnappings in Port-au-Prince in a 24-hour span over the weekend. A wave of kidnappings is sweeping Haiti, including the abduction of five-year-old Olslina Janneus, which sparked nationwide outrage after her body turned up with signs of strangulation when her family could not afford to pay the $4,000 ransom. According to UN data, kidnappings have tripled since last year in Haiti. Gedeon Jean, director of Center for Human Rights Analysis said the figure is likely higher since Haitians abstain from reporting incidents in fear of retribution from criminal gangs. 

Police open fire on protesters in Thomonde

Law enforcement agents reportedly opened fire on demonstrators staging a protest in Thomonde yesterday, leaving one dead and multiple others injured. The protesters demanded electricity supplies in their area and created a blockade on National Road 3 (RN3) before they were dispersed by police. 

Judicial system remains frozen despite truce announcement

After Haiti's Supreme Court announced a two-week truce for the ongoing judicial system's strike, it has been reported that the system remains paralyzed. The truce was announced on 19 April, yet the judicial system has been frozen since the government failed to provide a date for administrative elections. The government cited a lack of stability in its initial decision to postpone elections. 

Ongoing violence leaves four dead, one kidnapped

Ongoing violence in Port-au-Prince left four people dead, including a police officer, while another person was kidnapped yesterday. Two of the victims died in a nightclub shooting during the evening. A man was reportedly taken hostage by armed suspects in front of the Radio Télé Ginen building and the police officer died during a confrontation in Petion-Ville after a suspect opened fire following an argument with the officer. 

Education and religious institutions to protest nationwide violence

Authorities reported that religious and educational institutions will stage protests across the country in order to protest the elevated levels of crime and kidnappings. A series of schools and religious groups have expressed their intention to participate in the strike. 

Three killed in ongoing violence in Port-au-Prince

At least three people died in violent incidents in Haiti yesterday. After a suspect was detained for armed robbery, a mob showed up at the police station demanding that the suspect be handed over to them. When police refused to do so, the mob set fire to vehicles and created a riot, eventually removing the suspect from custody before setting him alight; another person was shot during the incident. Earlier, a police officer was shot and killed by unidentified assailants in Delmas.

Protests erupt in Port-au-Prince

Protests and violent clashes with police occurred today in Port-au-Prince in a continuation of recent civil unrest. The resignation of PM Joseph Jouthe yesterday fuelled a new wave of protests along with a high-profile kidnapping of 10 people including clerics. Today, Catholic priests went on strike to protest the kidnappings. 

Government resigns, new PM appointed

President Jovenei Moise announced that the government of Haiti resigned earlier today. Claude Joseph has been appointed as the new Prime Minister. "The resignation of the government, which I accepted, will make it possible to address the glaring problem of insecurity and continue discussions with a view to reaching the consensus necessary for the political and institutional stability of our country. Minister Claude Joseph has been appointed PM," Moise tweeted. Haiti has been hampered by recent civil unrest, political turmoil, violence and kidnappings. 

One person shot dead in attempted kidnapping

One person was shot dead by unidentified assailants yesterday in Port-au-Prince during a botched kidnapping attempt around the area of Canape-Vert at around 15:00 local time. Hundreds of Haitians have been taking to the streets protesting the violent situation and increased kidnappings.

Seven kidnapped in Port-au-Prince over the weekend

On Sunday, five priests and two nuns were kidnapped in Port-au-Prince. The clergy members were kidnapped in the commune of Croix-des-Bouquets. France's Foreign Ministry reported that two of the kidnapped are French citizens. The incidents comes less than two weeks after gunmen kidnapped a Haitian pastor and three others during a ceremony. Authorities say the notorious '400 Mawozo' gang is reponsible. Haiti has been rocked by rising violence in recent years, especially by a spate of kidnappings for ransom.

NGO reports 13 dead in anti-government protests

A human rights NGO reported that massive national anti-government protests staged over the last month left 13 people dead, five missing and five wounded. The report places blame on a criminal organization known as G9, led by former police officer Jimmy Chérizier, who supports President Jovenei Moise. The NGO concluded that G9 has been acting as a kind of paramilitary force by dissuading protests and using extreme violence. 

Haiti refuses WHO vaccine donations

The Haitian government has reportedly rejected AstraZeneca vaccine donations from the WHO. According to reports, Haitian authorities considered that the recent blood-clot controversy surrounding AstraZeneca's vaccine would not go over well with its population. Haiti remains one of the few countries in the world that has yet to begin a Covid-19 vaccination campaign, amid political turmoil, insecurity and civil unrest. 

National Police to dissuade 'non-official' demonstrations

Haiti's National Police has announced that it would make an effort to dissuade all demonstrations which were not approved by the institution, including those held today in Port-au-Prince. Port-au-Prince has seen continuous protesting since President Jovenel Moise allegedly forewent a transition of power and called demonstrations "an attempted coup". Rising kidnapping rates and a botched police raid in Village de Dieu have also sparked the ongoing civil unrest. 

Anti-government protests held in Port-au-Prince

Thousands of Haitians took to the streets of Port-au-Prince to stage anti-government protests on Sunday, citing the high rate of crime and kidnappings in the nation's capital. The protesters marched from Carrefour towards Champ de Mars. Another road-blocking protest is scheduled for today.

Scheduled protests this weekend in Port-au-Prince

US Embassy intelligence suggests political opposition groups intend to demonstrate throughout Port-au-Prince this weekend. The Embassy suggested that people stay vigilant and avoid going through the following places if possible: Mars, Carrrefour, Aeroport, Nazon, Lalue, Bourdon, Juvenat, Delmas and Petionville. 

Port-au-Prince Attorney General arrested over crime scene manipulation

Port-au-Prince's Attorney General, Wilbert Rhau, was arrested for alleged crime scene manipulation yesterday. Reportedly, the attorney general stole the equivalent of $10,000 USD which was part of an active crime scene following the arrest of a suspected drug dealer.

Belize football team targeted by armed robbers

A bus carrying the Belize national football team to their hotel has been targeted by armed robbers. A police escort managed to negotiate with the gang and no members of the team were robbed or wounded. The Belize Football Federation has expressed its "disappointment and disgust" at the incident, which occurred on Monday. The team is scheduled to play Haiti in a World Cup qualifier in Port-au-Prince on Thursday, although coach Dale Pelayo said several of the players were traumatized and want to leave the country.

Protesters met with tear gas in Port-au-Prince

Dozens of civilians staged a protest in Port-au-Prince yesterday, demanding justice for the victims of the Village de Dieu operation. The protest was met by police who fired tear gas in the Gerald Bataille area. The botched operation against the Izo gang led to the deaths of at least three police officers last week.

President Moise declares state of emergency amid rising crime rates

President Jovenel Moise has declared a state of emergency in several parts of Haiti in an effort to curb the increased crime rates. The presidential decree will be applied to gang-controlled areas in three districts of Port-au-Prince. The announcement comes after opposition political activists reportedly held a protest against President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince yesterday, where incidents of stone-pelting and road blockades were reported.

Ten dead after gang clash in Port-au-Prince

At least 10 people were killed in a clash between two armed criminal groups in Port-au-Prince yesterday. Reportedly, the clash was started by an attack on a car dealership by members of the Fantom 509 gang. The group broke into the dealership and started looting vehicles before moving on to a second dealership where they were met by the Simon Pele gang, who reportedly opened fire on them leading to a clash.

Stabbing leaves one injured as violence continues in Port-au-Prince

A stabbing in Port-au-Prince left one injured yesterday. According to reports, two people were attacked in their vehicle on Airport Road. Police arrested two suspects and seized a gun, a machete and a knife from them. A wave of violence has erupted in Port-au-Prince, resulting in multiple protests. Another rally is expected today and is likely to result in roadblocks in the city, according to the US Embassy in Haiti.

Main roads blocked in Port-au-Prince due to protests

A massive protest erupted in Port-au-Prince on Monday morning, blocking the capital's main roads with burning tires and debris. Civilians protested the country's recent insecurity stemming from the deaths of police officers in a botched raid on a gang, a spike in kidnappings and an alleged coup d'etat. The botched raid on a prominent gang was followed by videos circulating of SWAT officers being dragged and beaten in what is known as a no-go area for police, Village de Dieu. President Jovenel Moise, who has been surrounded with turmoil for the duration of his term, denounced the acts as “a declaration of war against society,” and called on security forces to continue working to free Village de Dieu and announced three days of national mourning.

Three police officers killed, eight injured in gang raid

A police operation against local gangs left three Haitian police officers killed and eight injured in Port-au-Prince on Friday. The raid took place in Village de Dieu during the morning when police officers and a specialized SWAT team carried out an operation against the Izo gang. 

A shooting in Port-au-Prince leaves one person injured

A shooting in Port-au-Prince left one person injured yesterday. The incident took place near Avenue Martin Luther King sometime in the afternoon. The victim was reportedly shot at by two assailants on a motorcycle. Violence has been on the rise in Port-au-Prince since an alleged coup d'etat that fueled riots and demonstrations. 

Health care workers to protest recent kidnappings

Health care workers scheduled a protest march in Port-au-Prince on 7 March, in order to protest the recent wave of kidnappings in the country. The march is set to run from the State University of Haiti (HUEH) to Delmas 60 road, around the laboratory where a doctor was kidnapped and murdered. 

Four injured after a gang attacks bus in Ganthier

Four people were injured in an attack on a bus headed to the Dominican Republic. Reportedly, a few gunmen ordered the bus to stop and opened fire on the driver and passengers when he refused to do so. Police say a gang called "400 mawozo" is behind the crime, having committed several similar attacks in 2020. 

Health workers shut down hospitals in protest

Health workers from five different hospitals in Haiti went on strike to protest against the recent kidnapping and murder of Dr Ernest Pady. The strikes have been going on in Hospital de la Universidad Estatal de Haiti, el Justinien de Cabo Haitiano, Universitario La Paix, Puerto Principe, Isaie Jeanty and Leon Audian - leaving only emergency services open in the hospitals. 

Hundreds of gas stations shut down in protest

After a gas owner was kidnapped on 28 February in Mariani, 275 gas stations across Haiti are now shut down in protest until further notice. According to the president of the National Association of Gasoline Station Owners, the decision aims to seek justice for the kidnapping as well as forcing improved security measures. 

Shooting leaves two dead, one injured in Port-au-Prince

A group of armed civilians on motorcycles opened fire against people in Place des Artistes in Port-au-Prince earlier today, leaving two people dead and a pregnant woman injured. Police are still investigating the shooting and no arrests have been made. 

Three kidnapped in Port-au-Prince

Three people, including the spouse of the Minister of Public Health and Population, were kidnapped in Port-au-Prince yesterday. An armed group reportedly descended from their vehicle to seize the victims in the middle of Ave N Rue 3 and Rue de la Montagne. The incident adds to the already concerning kidnapping situation in Haiti. 

Shooting between police and civilians in Port-au-Prince

A shooting between police and civilians was reported in Port-au-Prince yesterday. According to witnesses, a group of armed individuals clashed with police as they attempted to set up concrete separators near Village de Dieu. They were being deployed with the aim of curbing kidnapping incidents in the city. No injuries have been reported.

Protests block National Route 2

A group of protesters demanding the release of an imprisoned business man in Port-au-Prince blocked National Route 2 earlier today. The businessman, Jean-Marc Condestin, was abducted this weekend, allegedly by people in Haiti police uniforms. 

More inmates recaptured after Port-au-Prince prison break

A prison break reported in Croix-des-Bouquets prison in Port-au-Prince which took place on Thursday, reportedly left at least twenty-five people dead, including prison director Paul Joseph Hector. With help from outside gunmen who started shooting at prison guards, around 400 inmates managed to escape from the prison, according to reports. Police reported they had captured "at least sixty" of the escapees. 

Twenty-five dead, 400 on the run after prison breakout

Haitian gang leader Arnel Joseph is among 25 dead, including the prison director, after an exchange of gunfire following a prison breakout near Port-au-Prince. Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers told The Associated Press news agency that Joseph was riding on a motorcycle through the Artibonite area in the town of L’Estere when an exchange of gunfire ensued with police. Joseph was head of the gang that controlled Village de Dieu, or Village of God, a shantytown in downtown Port-au-Prince, and other communities, including some in Artibonite. Up to 400 prisoners are on the run as of Friday, while at least 40 have been recaptured.

At least 10 dead in prison break, Croix-des-Bouquets

A prison break from Croix-des-Bouquets in Port-au-Prince left at least 10 people, including the prison director Paul Joseph Hector, dead. Several inmates managed to escape at around noon yesterday. Reportedly, a group of gunmen opened fire at prison guards before the inmates began to flee. Police say they've managed to capture "more than 10" of the escapees. 

Shooting between rival gangs in Port-au-Prince

A shooting between rival gangs in Port-au-Prince took place yesterday evening, according to reports. Residents reported shooting in Village de Dieu, an area known for its ongoing gang activity. Police blocked access to the area during the night to prevent further escalation and no injuries were reported. 

Three kidnapped in Port-au-Prince

Two Dominicans and a Haitian were kidnapped in Fifth Ave in Port-au-Prince this weekend. According to reports, the two Dominican brothers were working on a film when they disappeared. The film is reportedly a documentary on the kidnapping situation in the country. The Haitian Embassy in Santo Domingo assured that the matter was of the highest priority and they would cooperate fully. The kidnappers have demanded $2m for the brothers and the stolen equipment. 

Protesters block main highway in Petit-Goâve

A civilian protest in Petit-Goâve, Léogâne resulted in the main highway - Route National 2 (National Road 2) - being blocked. The unrest is the latest in a series of protests which erupted in response to the political turmoil and alleged coup d'etat in Haiti. A senior judge who was arrested over the alleged plot has claimed that he was the victim of a set-up. Yvickel Dabrésil told the Miami Herald that the charges were designed "to discredit the opposition."

Anti-government protests continue in Port-au-Prince

Thousands of people have taken part in fresh anti-government protests in Port-au-Prince. Sunday's rallies were largely peaceful, although police fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets when some clashes broke out. The protesters have accused President Jovenel Moise of trying to establish a new dictatorship after he refused to step down at the end of his five-year term last week. Moise has countered the allegations by arguing that he took power after fresh elections in 2016 and that he will step down next year.

Clashes erupt between police and protesters in Port-au-Prince

Protesters clashed with police in the streets of Port-au-Prince amid ongoing protests against President Jovenel Moise. Protesters reportedly threw rocks at police, who replied with tear gas. The protesters say Moise is bypassing electoral law by attempting to remain in power. 

Anti-government protests turn violent in Port-au-Prince

After the opposition named a new interim leader over the controversy of President Jove Moisten's term, which should have ended on 7 February, anti-government protests broke out in front of Haiti's National Palace in Port-au-Prince. Moisten called the act "an attempted coup". The protests were met with violence by police, who openly shot at the protesters, injured at least two journalists and arrested over 20 people. 

Authorities foil coup attempt amid dispute over president's term

At least 23 people have been arrested after the authorities claimed to have foiled a coup. The suspects, which include a judge and a senior police officer, were detained on Sunday. The incident comes amid a dispute over when President Jovenal Moise's term ends. His opponents claim that the president's mandate finished on Sunday, although Moise insists he will stay in power until February 2022. There were clashes between protesters and police in Port-au-Prince following the president's refusal to stand down.

Former President Privert confronted outside radio station

Former President Jocelerme Privert was verbally attacked by a gathering of people outside the Kiskeya radio station in Port-au-Prince. Mr Privert's vehicle then suffered a pneumatic failure when he was trying to flee, due to the individuals' counter efforts. The people made insulting comments against the former president, who they accuse of facilitating a power grab for Jovenel Moise. National police special units were sent to secure the former president. 

Syndicates plan major demonstration in Port-au-Prince

Syndicates and labour groups are planning a large demonstration in Port-au-Prince. Local media reported that four organisations are supporting protests to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. Protests are expected to take place on Monday and Tuesday. The most recent protests in Haiti are related to disagreements over the end of President Moise's term. Protesters and the opposition claim that President Moise's term expires next week, but the government says that he is still allowed to remain in office until 2022 when he completes five years in office.

Hundreds stage anti-government protest in Port-au-Prince

Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets of Port-au-Prince to pressure the government of President Jovenel Moise. Demonstrators marched near the US Embassy in the capital and other areas in central Port-au-Prince as part of a fresh wave of protests. At least three people have been injured after tensions turned violent. Roadblocks were also erected in some sections of the capital. President Moise's current term is due on 07 February. However, international organisations and foreign governments recognise that his government ends in 2022 - five years after he took office.

Civil unrest brewing as opposition pressures President Moise to step down

Protests are expected to take place in Port-au-Prince and other cities as the opposition calls for the immediate resignation of President Jovenel Moise. Members of the opposition coalition Democratic and Popular Sector have given until next month to the president to step down. They also called on the government to hold the parliamentary election this year. Moise took office in 2016 after Michel Martelly was removed from office. However, he claims that his term started when he was sworn in 2017. Moise has been ruling by decree for nearly a year after the parliament failed to be renewed.

Violent protests break out in Port-au-Prince

Violent demonstrations took place in Port-au-Prince as President Jovenel Moise hosted an official ceremony to celebrate the anniversary of the death of Jean-Jacques Dessalines. Several people have been injured when demonstrators set barricades on fire and clashed with the police. The protest came as part of continuous demonstrations being reported in Haiti amid the coronavirus crisis and to pressure the government of President Moise to step down from office. Dessalines died in 1806. He was Haiti's first president after the country secured its independence from France.

One killed during protest in Port-au-Prince

At least one person has died after hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Port-au-Prince to protest the death of a student. Clashes broke out after a man named Gregory Saint-Hilaire died during a protest near the Port-au-Prince university last week. Protests have taken place across Haiti as the country faces a deep economic crisis which has been exacerbated by the coronavirus. On a daily basis, protests have taken place in major cities, especially in Port-au-Prince.

Protest reported near justice ministry in Port-au-Prince

A protest has been reported outside the justice ministry building in Port-au-Prince. According to local sources, demonstrators have gathered along Charles Sumner Avenue, where roadblocks were erected with burning tires. Police officers have been deployed to the scene. Protests are frequently reported in the Haitian capital amid coronavirus restrictions. Incidents often lead to violence and may spread to other neighbourhoods. People are advised to be extremely vigilant.

Prominent lawyer gunned down in Port-au-Prince

A prominent lawyer based in Port-au-Prince was gunned down during a house raid on Friday. Monferrier Dorval was the chief of the Port-au-Prince's bar association. Police said that investigations are still ongoing. Both Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe and President Jovenel Moise condemned the incident. Dorval had previously given interviews on his support for constitutional reforms ahead of the parliamentary elections.

Tropical Storm Laura death toll reaches 21

Haitian authorities have confirmed that Tropical Storm Laura's death toll has increased to 21. The Civil Protection Director said that fatalities were reported in the department of Sud-Est, Sud and Ouest. Five people are still missing. Laura hit Haiti and the neighbouring Dominican Republic as a tropical storm. It caused extensive nationwide after bringing intense rainfall. NGOs have raised concerns over the impact of weather phenomena in Haiti amid the coronavirus outbreak. The country is extremely vulnerable to weather events, especially during the Atlantic hurricane season.

Several killed as Tropical Storm Laura hits Haiti

At least nine people have died after Tropical Storm Laura ravaged Haiti over the weekend. Intense rainfall triggered widespread flooding across the country, also affecting the neighbouring Dominican Republic. A number of people have been taken to temporary shelters, leading to health concerns over risks associated with the coronavirus. Haiti is extremely vulnerable to weather systems. Laura is currently moving closer to Cuba and is expected to become a hurricane later on the week. 

Scores killed in shipwreck off Saint-Louis-du-Nord

At least 17 people have died after a sailing boat sank off northern Haiti. BBC reported that the vessel was travelling from Saint-Louis-du-Nord to the Ile de la Tortue. Officials said that nine people were rescued and several other are still missing. The head of the Maritime Navigation Service (Semanah), Eric Prevost Jr, said that the shipwreck happened due to strong winds. The accident happened on Wednesday afternoon on the Tortuga Channel, which separates the island from Haiti.

Several officials accuses of mismanaging PetroCaribe fund

Several officials and ministers have been accused of mismanaging funds of the Venezuelan-backed PetroCaribe programme. A lengthy report from the High Court of Auditors shows that the two-billion-dollar fund was inefficiently managed for nearly a decade until 2016. The PetroCaribe scandal has already implicated several ministers and President Jovenel Moise. However, despite several reports and court recommendations, nobody has been formally indicted yet. The scandal mainly concerns the attribution of construction contracts and other public projects without scrutiny.

Journalist targeted in shooting incident in Port-au-Prince

A journalist and his camera operator have been the target of a shooting in Port-au-Prince. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Setoute Yvens was targeted in the Drouillard neighbourhood in Cite-Soleil. Yvens was approached by gunmen when he was returning home last week. He is a worker for the local Radio Tele Megastar. CPJ added that a Tele Megastar vehicle was hit by three shots. The incident happened on the same day that a man claimed to be a criminal leader based in the community of Petite Riviere in Artibonite threatened to kill another journalist. Pradel Alexandre works for the Radio Nationale d'Haiti based in Saint-Marc.

Coronavirus state of emergency lifted

Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe has announced the end of the coronavirus state of emergency in Haiti. Jouthe said that the government is currently monitoring developments in the country and that the reintroduction of the state of emergency could occur if there is a second wave of infections. He said that airports and the border regions with the Dominican Republic are under strict surveillance. Coronavirus cases in Haiti have surpassed 7,000, including 158 deaths. According to the health ministry, the most affected areas are the departments of Ouest and Artibonite. 

Protests reported in Port-au-Prince's Puits Blain Market

Protests have been reported in the Puits Blain Market in Port-au-Prince, where demonstrators set barricades on fire. According to the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince, demonstrations started on Wednesday morning. People have been advised to avoid the area around the Carrefour Airport overpass and the Boulevard 15 October. In recent months, frequent protests are being reported in Haiti. They often lead to violence between police officers and demonstrators.

Tropical storm warning issued to northern Haiti

A tropical storm warning has been issued to the entire northern coast of Haiti as a low-pressure system approaches Hispaniola Island. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine is moving westwards through the Caribbean Sea and may hit Haiti on Thursday afternoon. Haiti is often affected during the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which usually lasts until November. Despite the low-pressure system being forecast to hit Haiti as Tropical Storm Isaias, even low-scale meteorological phenomena could badly impact the country.

Gunshots reported during protests in Port-au-Prince

Gunshots have been reported in the Fleuriot and Clercine areas in Port-au-Prince. Reports indicate that the shots were fired as demonstrations were being reported in the capital. Violent protests have occurred recently in Port-au-Prince, leading to roadblocks and clashes with the police. People are advised to avoid those areas. Extreme caution is advised when travelling across the city.

Health ministry claims that most imported cases come from DR

The health ministry has confirmed that a large majority of imported coronavirus cases in the country have come from the neighbouring Dominican Republic. According to official reports, most of the 42 imported coronavirus cases confirmed in Haiti in the last few days were imported from there. It added that the remaining cases originated in the US. Haiti has so far confirmed more than 6,000 coronavirus cases and more than 110 deaths. Most cases are reported in the Oeast department.

Demonstrations reported near ministry of justice in Port-au-Prince

A demonstration near the ministry of justice in Port-au-Prince has turned violent and police have been deployed to the area. Reports show that demonstrators took over Charles Sumner Avenue on Monday afternoon. Earlier in the day, violence broke out in the Juvenat and Canape-Vert areas. Protests have become frequent in Haiti amid the coronavirus pandemic. Roadblocks are often erected in major roads, especially those that lead to government buildings. People are advised to avoid large gatherings wherever possible.

Coronavirus cases in Haiti surpass 5,000

Coronavirus cases in Haiti have surpassed 5,000 amid fears of community spread of the virus in the country. According to the health ministry, more than 5,200 cases were already confirmed in Haiti, including 89 deaths. Official data shows that most of the new infections reported on Tuesday were in the Oest department, where Port-au-Prince is located. Health officials claim that the coronavirus peak in Haiti was already reached back in late-May. NGOs based in the country have already raised concerns over challenges in the health system and a lack intensive care units.

Former paramilitary leader 'Toto' Constant deported from the US

A former paramilitary leader has been detained just after landing in Port-au-Prince. AP reported that Emmanuel 'Toto' Constant arrived in Haiti on a US deportation flight. Toto served prison time in the US for 12 years but still faces murder and torture charges in Haiti. He was a member of the infamous death squad known as FRAPH, which operated during the dictatorship of Raoul Cedras. His group persecuted supporters of then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was the target of a coup in the 1990s. In Haiti, Toto is accused of orchestrating a massacre in Gonaives back in 1994.

Government braces for return of death squad leader 'Toto' Constant

Haiti's government is bracing for the return of the former paramilitary leader Emmanuel 'Toto' Constant from the US. Last May, both governments reached an agreement to delay the return of Toto to Haiti after he served his 12-year sentence in New York. It is still unclear when Toto will return to the country, but some fear that his return may lead to political unrest. Toto was a member of the infamous death squad FRAPH during the dictatorship of Raoul Cedras. In Haiti, he was sentenced in absentia to life in prison for his links to the 1994 massacre in the town of Gonaives.

MSF chief in Haiti raises concerns over unreported coronavirus cases

The country chief for the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) charity has raised concerns over the increasing number of unreported coronavirus cases in Haiti. Sandra Lamarque has said that there are some reports of cases not being reported due to a lack of testing and the centralisation of testing facilities. Lamarque also raised concerns over the failure of the government neither to enforce nor introduce curfew or quarantine measures to avoid the quick spread of the virus. Official reports show that there are 4,400 coronavirus cases confirmed in Haiti, including 76 deaths. A large majority of cases - more than 3,500 - have been reported in the department of Ouest.

Dozens arrive in Port-au-Prince as US deportation flights continue

US deportation flights to Haiti have continued despite fears that returnees could display symptoms associated with the coronavirus. AP reported that 30 people have been deported from the US on Tuesday. The government has recently raised concerns over flights transporting deportees after a number of cases were confirmed amongst Haitian nationals who had been removed from the US. Although the country has reported far fewer cases when compared with the neighbouring Dominican Republic, a local outbreak could lead the country's fragile health system to a sudden collapse. Haiti has confirmed more than 1,000 coronavirus cases so far, including 31 deaths.

Protests expected to take place near Port-au-Prince's airport

Protests are expected to take place near Port-au-Prince's Toussaint Louveteure Airport (PAP). reports suggest that the demonstration will take place near an overpass close to PAP on Monday. The roundabout mainly connects the Route de Delmas and the Boulevard Toussaint Louveteure. Roadblocks may affect traffic to and from PAP, while clashes between protesters and the police usually occur during protests. Despite stringent coronavirus measures being imposed in Haiti, several protests have taken place across the country, especially in the capital, Port-au-Prince 

Large gatherings reported in Port-au-Prince

Large gatherings have been reported outside of the US-Haitian National Human Rights Defense Network (RNDDH) office in Port-au-Prince. According to reports, demonstrators gathered on Thursday afternoon at Rue Riviere, where roadblocks have been also reported. The RNDDH is located on the Canape Vert neighbourhood. People have been advised to avoid the area.

Reports of protest in southern Port-au-Prince

The US Embassy in Port-au-Prince has received reports of a protest taking place on Wednesday afternoon on the Delmas 60 in Musseau, southern Port-au-Prince. People have been advised to avoid the area and be aware that some roadblocks may be erected around the neighbourhood. Musseau is located near Petionville. Caution is advised as tensions may suddenly escalate.

US flight transporting deportees lands in Port-au-Prince

More than 100 Haitian nationals deported from the US have arrived in Port-au-Prince. A plane transporting deportees have arrived in the country on Thursday. This is the second US deportation flight to land in Haiti. Concerns over the arrival of deportees from the US have been raised over the spread of the coronavirus. Although the number of cases in the country is low compared with the neighbouring Dominican Republic, there is a serious concern towards community spread. Last week, three Haitian deportees were tested positive for coronavirus. While the situation is reportedly under control, there are fears that a quick spread of the virus could lead to a collapse of the country's health system. In Cap-Haitien, more than 400 deportees are currently in quarantine.

State of emergency extended until 19 May

A state of health emergency in Haiti has been extended as the country fears the quick spread of the coronavirus. Although just a few dozen cases have already been confirmed in the country, concerns have been raised over the threat to the Haitian health system in the event of community spread. The current state of emergency will be extended by a month until at least 19 May. 

Three Haitian deportees test positive for coronavirus

Three people deported from the US have reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus. A source from the Haitian health ministry told Reuters that the patients arrived in the country two weeks ago. Rights groups and organisations have raised concerns over the spread of the coronavirus in Haiti, which has a very limited health system and could suddenly collapse. In total, 47 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the country as the government battles to curb community-spread cases. Deportation from the US has generated some diplomatic tensions elsewhere in the Americas. In Guatemala, at least 50 people from a US deportation flight have tested positive for coronavirus.

Government to reopen textile factories amid coronavirus restrictions

Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe has said that the country's textile factories will reopen from next week despite some restrictive coronavirus measures being currently enforced in Haiti. Textiles account to a large share of the country's exports. Haiti has recorded far fewer coronavirus cases and death when compared with the neighbouring Dominican Republic. The government claims that the control of the outbreak is due to the early implementation of a state of emergency. Although just over 40 cases have been confirmed in Haiti, the number of infections could be much higher.

Haiti confirms dozens of coronavirus cases

Haiti has already confirmed 40 cases of coronavirus, including three deaths. The latest report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) shows that there is an extreme shortage of protective equipment for health workers in Haiti, while other materials are also scarce. Border controls with the Dominican Republic have also been reinforced. According to the ministry of health, a large majority of cases in the country are imported. The coronavirus impact in Haiti remains uncertain as the country's fragile health system could be put under extreme pressure if the number of cases continues to increase - more than 400 suspected cases are under investigation.

Flights to be suspended after first coronavirus cases are confirmed in Haiti

Haiti has reported its two first cases of the coronavirus. As part of new prevention measures expected to be introduced in the country, President Jovenel Moise has ordered the suspension of all commercial flights to and from Haiti. Large gatherings have been banned, while a curfew is set to be introduced between 20:00 and 05:00 local time. All points of entry into the country will be suspended for foreign nationals. Haiti is the last country in the Americas to record a case of the coronavirus. All other nations in the region have already had at least one confirmed case.

Shooting reported near education ministry in Port-au-Prince

Shootings have been reported near the building of the ministry of education in Port-au-Prince. According to the US Embassy in Haiti, the incident was reported on Thursday morning at the Babiole area in Turgeau neighbourhood. People have been advised the area as roadblocks have been erected on major roads. Shootings sporadically occur in Haiti and may collaterally affect civilians.

Two killed as protest turns violent in Port-au-Prince

At least two people have been killed and more than a dozen others have been injured after a protest turned violent in Port-au-Prince. Demonstrations broke out outside the presidential place on Sunday, where protesters demanded better working conditions. According to the ministry of defence, protesters opened fire on an army headquarter in the capital. Protests continue to be frequent across the country as demonstrators demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise for his alleged involvement in the Petrocaribe scandal. Roadblocks are common, while civil unrest tends to turn violent.

Police officers stage violent protest in Port-au-Prince

Police officers have taken to the street to protest against low salaries in the Haitian National Police. Demonstrators marched in Port-au-Prince, where several vehicles were set on fire. AP reported that the offices of a close adviser to President Jovenel Moise were also set ablaze. Protests took place after several police officers who attempted to unionise the force were sacked. Despite police officers being deployed across the capital, they did not clash with their off-duty colleagues. Haiti's police have been instrumental in the country's security since the long-standing UN mission in Haiti officially withdrawn. They took part in the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), which was replaced last October by the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH).

Several children killed in fire at orphanage near Port-au-Prince

At least a dozen children have been killed after a fire broke out at an orphanage near Port-au-Prince According to AP, the facility was operated by a US-based NGO. A local health care worker said that the fire broke out on Thursday evening at the Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding, located in Kenscoff. Sources told AP that candles were often used in the building due to issues related with generators and power supply. The Church of Bible Understanding was previously put under scrutiny for failing to address sanitary conditions on their facilities in Haiti. In 2012, the group lost its accreditation.

President Moise lays out plans to solve political deadlock in Haiti

President Jovenel Moise has said that he is willing to reach an agreement with the opposition to end months of political deadlock in Haiti. In an interview granted to AP, he said that he is considering plans to accept an opposition prime minister as part of a power-sharing agreement. He added that he is also willing to not run for another term in office. President Moise said that those measures would only be possible if political reforms were approved. The government and the opposition have been holding political talks to solve the country's political crisis. Tensions escalated after President Moise and several high-level politicians were implicated in the Petrocaribe scandal. Currently, President Moise is ruling by decree after parliament was shut down last month.

Demonstration scheduled to take place in Port-au-Prince

A demonstration is expected to take place on Friday in Port-au-Prince. According to the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince, the demonstration is expected to kick off at 10:00 local time. Protests could impact the capital's downtown and the area around Petionville. Extreme caution is advised as demonstrations in Haiti tend to turn violent. Road traffic is usually affected due to several roadblocks. In recent months, Haiti has been facing a wave of demonstrations against the administration of President Jovenel Moise. Political tensions have escalated since the government was implicated in the Petrocaribe scandal.

Carnival season kicks off in Haiti

The carnival season in Haiti has started, bringing large crowds to the streets of major cities across the country. In the city of Jacmel, celebrations usually take place between 15 and 16 February, while in Port-au-Prince events tend to happen a week later. In the capital, events are scheduled in the Champs-de-Mars are and other central neighbourhoods. Areas around Tabarre and Petionville may also be affected. Street bands could disrupt traffic and lead to severe issues across the city. Caution is highly advised when near large crowds as some events may turn violent. Drivers should exercise special caution.

US embassy issues alert over violent incidents in Port-au-Prince

The US State Department has raised concerns over the increasing rates of violent crime in Port-au-Prince. In a report published on Wednesday, the US Embassy in the Haitian capital has said that they have received reports of a number of violent incidents, including armed robberies and kidnappings involving employees and family members of embassy staff. Among the incidents include reports of women being targeted while driving in Petionville. People have been advised to refrain from travelling alone, to remain vigilant when visiting banks and ATMs, and to use caution during rush-hour traffic.

President Moise starts ruling by decree after end of parliament's term

President Jovenel Moise has started ruling by decree after the parliament's mandate expired on Monday. President Moise is currently facing a wave of demonstrations that led to the deaths of dozens of people since mid-2018. He and high-level officials are accused of corruption over their involvement in the infamous Petrocaribe scandal. For many months, the government has failed to nominate a new prime minister, while the parliamentary elections that were expected to be held in November did not take place. Moise's ruling by decree comes in the country's tenth year anniversary of the 2010 earthquake.

Opposition leader vows to launch fresh anti-government protests

Opposition leader Michel Andre has announced intentions to launch demonstrations during the holiday season. During a press conference, Andre has said that his Consensual Alternative to Refound Haiti will not suspend protests against President Jovenel Moise. Media reports show that some demonstrations are scheduled to take place on Friday in Jacmel and Miragoane. Over the weekend, protests are also set to occur in Le Cayes and Mirebalais. For several months, demonstrations are frequent in Port-au-Prince and across Haiti after the high-level government officials were implicated in the Petrocaribe scandal.

Two French nationals shot dead in Haiti

Two French nationals have been shot dead in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince. The victims had travelled to the country to adopt a child, diplomatic sources told the AFP. The circumstances of their deaths have not been officially confirmed, although there are reports that they were killed during an armed robbery. The French foreign ministry recommends visitors "postpone their trip to Haiti until further notice" due to ongoing protests and high levels of violence. 

No new cases of cholera reported in the past nine months

UN Special Envoy Josette Sheeran has claimed that no laboratory-confirmed cases of cholera have been reported in Haiti in the past nine months. During an interview to the US-based Miami Herald, she said that such an achievement has been possible due to changes to the current strategy and close coordination with Haitian authorities to tackle the disease nationwide. She acknowledged that the UN initially failed to address the epidemic but they have since developed new ways to address the issue. According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), in 2018, 96 percent of the cases of cholera in the Hispaniola island were reported in Haiti. The country's cholera epidemic intensified since Haiti was hit by a number of natural disasters. 

Thousands take part in major demonstrations across Haiti

Mass demonstrations in Haiti have resumed after several days of relative calm in Port-au-Prince and other major cities. Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the capital in renewed pressure on the government of President Jovenel Moise. Similar to the previous wave of civil unrest, roadblocks were erected across central areas in Port-au-Prince, including on roads near the Carrefour Aeroport area and the southern neighbourhood of Petionville. Protests were also reported in Jacmel, Miragoane and in the northern city of Cap-Haitien. EFE reported that opposition parties have signed a memorandum to establish a transitional government once President Moise is removed from office. For nearly two months, protests have taken place daily across Haiti. 

Wave of civil unrest exacerbates food insecurity in Haiti

The current wave of civil unrest in Haiti has contributed significantly to the food insecurity in the country. DG ECHO reports show that violent protests have hampered the delivery and trade of food in Port-au-Prince and other major cities. Recent reports show that so far in 2019, more than 3.7m people are acutely food insecure. On Monday, Haiti's government formally requested urgent humanitarian assistance. For several weeks, protests have taken place across the capital to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. Protests are also being caused due to fuel shortages nationwide.

UN Rights say that 42 people died in Haiti since civil unrest started in September

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) has said that 42 people have been killed across Haiti since a wave of civil unrest kicked off in mid-September. A UNHCR spokeswoman said that most of the victims died after sustaining gunshot wounds. She added that in at least 19 of the cases police officers were involved. The UNHCR raised concerns over violent protests that are still being reported across the country. Violent incidents in Haiti has led to shortages of fuel and other basic goods, where areas outside Port-au-Prince are being the most affected. Demonstrators demand the immediate resignation of President Jovenel Moise, who is accused of mishandling cases of government corruption linked to the Petrocaribe scandal.

Protests to take place near US Embassy in Port-au-Prince

Protests are scheduled to take place outside the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince. Demonstrators are expected to take to the streets on Thursday as Haiti continues to face daily anti-government protests. Extreme caution is advised for those heading to the area near the embassy, which is located on the Boulevard 15 de Octobre, just south of the city's Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP). Protesters demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise, while the country continues to face shortages of fuel and other basic goods.

Violent clashes break out during several funerals across Haiti

Violent clashes between the police and mourners have broken out during a number of funerals across Haiti. Nearly a dozen people killed during the current wave of civil unrest in the country have been buried on Wednesday. AP reported that tensions escalated when presidential guards blocked roads leading to some of the ceremonies. One of the funerals was held in the Delmas neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince. President Jovenel Moise has reiterated that he will not resign despite weeks of demonstrations pressuring him to step down. The UN peacekeeping missing in Haiti, MINUJUSTH, officially ended its mandate in the country, being promptly replaced by the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH). Protests are expected to continue for the next few weeks.

UN peacekeeping in Haiti ends as MINUJUSTH completes mandate

The UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) has completed its mandate on Wednesday. MINUJUSTH replaced the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) back in 2017. It was the continuation of 15 consecutive years of UN peacekeeping intervention in the country. With significant developments recorded since the first mission was deployed in 2004, the UN will now assist the country through the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH). MINUJUSTH's withdrawal comes amid large scale protests across Haiti as demonstrators pressure for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise.

Nationwide protests persist ahead of MINUJUSTH withdrawal

Protests continue to be reported in Port-au-Prince and other major cities across Haiti as opposition groups continue to pressure the government of President Jovenel Moise to step down. Haiti has been facing a deep political crisis since high-level officials were accused of mismanaging a multi-billion oil fund from Venezuela. The Petrocaribe scandal has engulfed Haiti and there have been five weeks of protests against corruption and shortages of basic goods. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Sunday in a peaceful demonstration. Protests are expected to continue across the country as opposition groups refuse to hold talks with President Moise and his government. The latest unrest comes ahead of the start of the mandate of the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH), which will replace the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH).

Civil unrest affects school food distribution across Haiti

Humanitarian efforts in Haiti have been compromised amid the current wave of civil unrest that continues to be reported for its fourth-consecutive week. UN has said that operations of the World Food Programme (WFP) and other international organisations have mainly affected food supply to schools. The WFP delivers 300,000 school meals a day across Haiti, but the programme had to be temporarily suspended due to security concerns. Furthermore, WFP assistance to families vulnerable to food insecurity has also been affected. Food insecurity is a serious issue in the country and currently affects over 2.6m people.

Protesters set barricades on fire as civil unrest enters its fourth consecutive week

Protesters have thrown stones and set alight barricades in Port-au-Prince as widespread civil unrest in Haiti enters its fourth consecutive week. Opposition parties continue to call on their supporters to gather around the National Palace in the capital to pressure the government of President Jovenel Moise to stand down. Demonstrators are also gathering around UN offices. In a statement released on Sunday, the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) called on all the parts involved to cease violence and to negotiate a peaceful solution. MINUJUSTH is expected to withdraw from Haiti in mid-October when it will be replaced by the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH), which will assist the government on security, judicial and political issues. 

Opposition holds talks with foreign diplomats amid current political turmoil

A group of foreign diplomats and UN representatives have met with opposition leaders to discuss the current political turmoil in Haiti. Members of the Core Group joined opposition leader Edmonde Beauzile of the Fusion of Haitian Social Democrats on Monday. Beauzile has said that the opposition is demanding the immediate resignation of President Jovenel Moise. The meeting was held as protests continue across the country. Major cities and the capital, Port-au-Prince, have experienced large-scale protests since mid-September. Roadblocks have become frequent. Recent reports from the Haitian National Water Director show that some communities have their water supply affected as lorries are being prevented from crossing barricades.

Opposition calls for fresh nationwide protests against President Moise

A nationwide demonstration is expected across Haiti amid a wave of violent civil unrest that has engulfed the country for weeks. Opposition leaders and movements have called on their supporters to take to the streets of major cities in a fresh push to force President Jovenel Moise out of office. Protests have been exacerbated due to shortages of fuel and other essentials. Several people have already been killed, while roadblocks and large-scale protests have become common in Port-au-Prince. Several businesses, vehicles and houses have been set on fire as a result of the protests. Caution is highly advised when travelling in the capital, especially to and from Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP). People should not forcefully cross roadblocks.

Roadblocks reported across Port-au-Prince amid wave of civil unrest

Protests continue to be reported across Port-au-Prince as political tensions are high. Reports released on Tuesday indicate that protesters have erected roadblocks along the Boulevard du 15 Octobre near the Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP). The US Embassy in Port-au-Prince added that blockades area also in place in the Torcell area near Parc du Souvenir. People are advised extreme caution and to avoid those areas. Street protests have been reported across the country on a daily basis. They have become more frequent due to fuel shortages and lingering political uncertainty.

Senator accused of opening fire outside parliament in Port-au-Prince

A photojournalist and a security guard were injured when tensions escalated outside the parliament in Port-au-Prince. The Guardian reported that among the victims is a photographer working for the Associated Press. Chery Dieu-Nalio was injured after being shot in the face. Dieu-Nalio and Leon Leblanc were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Initial reports suggest that Senator Jean Marie Ralph Fetherine was responsible for opening a warning shot when protesters prevented him from leaving the building. The incident happened as lawmakers were set to vote in the confirmation of Fritz-William Michel as the country's prime minister - the session was postponed for the second time. Haiti has been facing widespread protests amid political uncertainty and fuel shortages. Demonstrations have been ongoing for several days and are expected to continue.

Low pressure system may affect some areas across Hispaniola Island

A low-pressure system currently located off the south-eastern coast of the Dominican Republic may bring heavy rainfall to some areas across the Hispaniola Island. Both the Dominican Republic and Haiti may experience inclement weather in the next few days. Although reports indicate that the system is not expected to strengthen, Haiti is usually extremely vulnerable even to the weakest weather systems that often lead to landslides and life-threatening flash flooding. The country is mainly affected by weather systems during the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which traditionally lasts until November.

Protests turn violent amid three-day strike over fuel shortages

Widespread protests have been reported across Port-au-Prince and other major cities amid a three-day strike called over fuel shortages in Haiti. Opposition parties have called on supporters to take to the streets to pressure the government to solve the recent situation, which has been ongoing since August. Demonstrators blocked major roads and set barricade on fire, while shootings and clashes were reported in some areas. The government has said that the country has already received a large shipment and that the situation is set to be solved shortly. Protests may still persist for the next few days.

Protesters storm Senate to prevent confirmation vote on new PM

Protesters stormed the Senate building in Port-au-Prince ahead of the vote to approve Fritz-William Michel as the country's new prime minister. Civil unrest and violence forced the session to be suspended indefinitely. Demonstrators clashed with police officers and set a police bus on fire. Fritz-William's nomination has already been approved in the lower house of Congress. He was named to become the next PM after Jean Henry Ceant lost a confidence vote in parliament and Jean Michel Lapin's nomination failed to secure enough support. The role has now been vacant for more than six months.

Daily protests being reported across Port-au-Prince

Daily protests are currently being reported across Port-au-Prince. Earlier this month, demonstrators blocked major roads in the capital to protest gas shortages. Some protests have been reported in the capital's Delmas 95 neighbourhood. Like previous demonstrations in the country, violence tends to break out without notice as clashes between protesters and the police are frequent. People are advised extreme caution when travelling across the capital and other major cities. Roadblocks may impact travel to central neighbourhoods and the main route to Toussaint Louverture International Airport.

Adverse weather may affect Haiti as Tropical Storm Dorian approaches

Adverse weather may affect Haiti as Tropical Storm Dorian approaches Hispaniola Island. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Dorian is forecast to become a hurricane later on in the week while it travels through the Caribbean Sea. Weather conditions in Haiti may worsen from Wednesday evening. Although no alerts have been issued to Haiti, some areas in the country's north-east may be affected. Haiti is extremely vulnerable to meteorological events. In previous years, the collateral effect of tropical weather systems has caused flooding, landslides and damage nationwide.

Police prevent protesters from entering PAP airport

Police have reportedly prevented protesters from entering the main terminal of Port-au-Prince’s Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP). According to the US government's American Citizen Services (ACS)  in Port-au-Prince, demonstrators also burned tires and marched along the Mais Gate Avenue. Political tensions in Haiti are high as the opposition attempts to open impeachment procedures against President Jovenel Moise. Parliament attempted to convene on two occasions to vote on the motion, but both sessions have been suspended due to violence and a lack of a quorum. Further protests may break out without prior notice, especially in the Haitian capital. Visitors should remain vigilant as, in previous demonstrations, major roads to PAP were blocked.

Parliament session suspended in fresh attempt to oust President Moise

A parliamentary session in the Haitian Chamber of Deputies has been suspended in a fresh attempt to start impeachment procedures against President Jovenel Moise. The speaker of the lower house of Congress, Gary Bodeau, has ordered the suspension for the second time in less than a week. Bodeau said that no further date will be set for discussion. He added that a new session will take place once there is a quorum and safety guarantees are provided. Opposition lawmakers intend to open investigations against President Moise for his involvement in the notorious Petrocaribe corruption scandal. A lower house motion aimed to charge President Moise with high treason is currently being prepared and could force him out of office if he loses a future vote in the Senate. Although small-scale protests continue to be reported across Haiti, caution is advised as political tensions may escalate without warning.

Parliament suspends discussions on impeaching President Moise

A session in the lower house of parliament has been suspended after tensions broke out inside the chamber. Lawmakers were discussing the potential opening of impeachment procedures against President Jovenel Moise, who is accused of receiving Petrocaribe funds through his company Agitrans. EFE reported that police officers and other opposition members targeted government vehicles outside parliament. No date has been set for the discussion to resume. Protests to demand President Moise's resignation frequently occur and are usually centred in Port-au-Prince.

Tropical wave may bring adverse weather to Haiti

Heavy rainfall may affect some regions across Haiti as a tropical wave moves across the Caribbean Sea. According to the US National Weather Service (NHC), a weather system is currently moving towards the Greater Antilles - Jamaica, Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), Puerto Rico and Cuba - and may bring some adverse conditions and flooding to some regions. The system is still considered disorganised and may have a limited impact. However, due to current infrastructure vulnerability and recovery efforts from other natural disasters, even weaker weather systems may significantly affect Haiti.

Fritz-William Michel nominated to become Haiti's new prime minister

President Jovenel Moise has announced the nomination of Fritz-William Michel as the country's new prime minister. Fritz-William Michel is replacing Jean-Michel Lapin, whose plans to form a government were rejected in several votes in Congress. Fritz-William becomes the fourth Haitian prime minister in less than three years - besides Lapin, he succeeds Jack Guy Lafontant and Jean-Henry Ceant. Fritz-William, previously linked to the economy ministry, takes office during a turbulent time in Haitian politics. Civil unrest has become frequent after President Moise was implicated in a massive corruption scandal linked to Venezuelan oil aid. Opposition leader Andre Michel said that there will still be resistance until President Moise resigns. Fritz-William was nominated after negotiations between President Moise and the speaker of both houses of Congress, Senate's Carl Murat Cantave and Chamber of Deputies' Gary Bodeau.

Journalist survives alleged armed attack in southern Port-au-Prince

A journalist has survived an alleged armed attack in southern Port-au-Prince. AlterPresse reported that Kendi Zidor was targeted on the streets of Delmas 60. Reports indicate that men riding a motorcycle opened fire on his vehicle several times. He escaped unharmed. Zidor works for the Radio Solidarite. It is still unclear if he had received death threats. The incident comes just weeks after a journalist was killed during violent protests in Port-au-Prince.

Roadblocks reported due to protests in southern Port-au-Prince

Roadblocks and protests are being reported in Port-au-Prince's southern neighbourhood of Carradeux. Demonstrators have gathered around the area on Monday morning. According to reports, the demonstration is led by municipal waste management workers of the SNGRS. People have been advised to avoid the area as protests may escalate. Haiti has been facing a wave of demonstrations since President Jovenel Moise was implicated in a massive corruption scandal. Frequent demonstrations, which could break out without warning, are being reported in Port-au-Prince and major cities on a daily basis.

Clashes break out during funeral of slained journalist in Port-au-Prince

Police officers were deployed when tensions broke out during the funeral of a murdered journalist in Port-au-Prince. Dozens of people were gathered in a church to attend the wake of journalist Petion Rospide, who was killed last month during a protest in the Haitian capital. Tensions escalated when a local judge attended the funeral. Demonstrators accuse Judge Bredy Fabien of being closely linked to President Jovenel Moise. EFE reported that barricades were set ablaze after the police fired tear gas inside a church. Sporadic protests continue to occur across Haiti as demonstrators demand the resignation of President Moise for links to the infamous Petrocaribe scandal. Protests in major cities are often violent and may occur without warning.

Deadly rainfall triggers flooding across western Haiti

At least two people have been killed and three others are missing as heavy rainfall continues to impact western Haiti. DG ECHO confirmed that flooding in some urban areas around Port-au-Prince is still being reported. Several roads have been blocked and dozens of houses have been destroyed mainly in Carrefour, Petionville and Port-au-Prince's Cite Soleil. Haiti is extremely vulnerable to natural disasters, while intense rainfall often leads to casualties and destruction. Since June, the country has been on alert due to the impact of this years' Atlantic Hurricane Season, which is forecast to last until late-November.

UN Security Council approves new political mission in Haiti

The UN Security Council has approved the creation of a new political mission in Haiti. In a vote held on Tuesday, Security Council members voted in favour of the creation of the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH), which will "assist the Government of Haiti with planning elections; training the Haitian National Police on human rights; responding to gang violence; ensuring compliance with international human rights obligations; improving prison oversight; and strengthening the justice sector". BINUH comes into effect on 16 October, just after the mandate expiration of the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH). Security Council Resolution 2476 (2019) was approved with 12 votes and two abstentions - China and the Dominican Republic. The mission will be deployed as the country faces a number of challenges, including vulnerability to natural disasters and political uncertainty. 

Several injured as fresh protests escalate in Port-au-Prince

Several people have been injured after fresh anti-government protests escalated in Port-au-Prince. Demonstrators marched towards the National Palace on Monday to demand the immediate resignation of President Jovenel Moise. Spontaneous protests often break out without notice across the capital, Port-au-Prince, and other major cities, including Saint-Marc, Cap-Haitien, Gonaives and Los Cayos. Since early-June, major demonstrations became frequent after the Supreme Court of Audits released a document implicating a company linked to President Moise in the Petrocaribe scandal. Travellers have been advised caution and to avoid large gatherings as protests may suddenly turn violent. Roadblocks are also common and may impact major routes towards Port-au-Prince's Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP).

Several killed in violent gang clashes in Artibonite

At least eight people have been killed during violent clashes between rival criminal groups in Artibonite, northern Haiti. AlterRadio reported that the incident happened on Sunday when armed criminals attempted to recover a shipping container seized by a rival group. Police have reinforced presence in the region in an attempt to arrest a fugitive criminal leader known as Arnel Joseph. Since tensions broke out in the region, more than 2,000 people have been displaced.

Hundreds take to the streets as protests persist across Haiti

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets across Haiti as anti-government demonstrations persist. Protesters gathered on Thursday outside the National Palace and blocked major roads across the capital, Port-au-Prince. Protests also happened in other major cities, including the southern town of Los Cayos and the northern city of Gonaives. Since last week, protests have escalated in Haiti to pressure for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. Civil unrest has intensified since the Supreme Court of Auditors released a report tying a company linked to President Moise with the Petrocaribe scandal. Further protests are expected to continue mostly in Port-au-Prince but may also affect cities such as Jacmel, Cap-Haitien, Saint Marc, Los Cayos and Gonaives.

Lawmakers accuse President Moise of Petrocaribe funds mismanagement

Lawmakers have submitted a letter to the head of the lower house of Congress accusing President Jovenel Moise of mismanaging public funds. At least 20 congressmen signed the letter after the Supreme Court of Auditors revealed that a company linked to President Moise is involved in the Petrocaribe scandal. Civil unrest continues to be reported across Haiti, especially in Port-au-Prince and several towns in its metropolitan area. Several people have been killed since protests re-emerged last week. According to court documents, more than two billion dollars in Petrocaribe funds are believed to have been diverted or misspent.

Four killed as adverse weather hit villages across Ouest department

At least four people have been killed and several others are missing when heavy rainfall hit several villages across Ouest department, southern Haiti. Local authorities revealed that adverse weather battered the region last week, damaging more than 600 houses in Carrefour. Casualties were reported in Carrefour, Cite Soleil and Cabaret, all located a short distance from the capital, Port-au-Prince. Four people are still missing. Meteo Haiti has issued weather warnings across the country as isolated thunderstorms may still affect some regions.

Thousands displaced due to gang violence in Artibonite

More than 2,000 people are thought to have been displaced over the presence of criminal gangs in Artibonite, western Haiti. A local community group known as the Rural and Community Action Centre (CAPAC) told AlterPresse that people have been forced from their homes and lands due to escalating levels of violence reported in the region. CAPAC claims that a specific group led by a man known as Arnel Joseph, who is wanted by the police, is currently operating in the villages of Savien, l'Estere and Marchand Dessalines. Armed gangs have reportedly threatened cultivation of vital crops in the region while intimidating the local populace. Armed gangs are known to operate in low-income and rural areas across Haiti, where government presence is almost nonexistent.

Anti-government protests escalate in Port-au-Prince

At least two people have been killed and several others have been injured after anti-government protests turned violent in Port-au-Prince. Demonstrators marched across major cities nationwide in a fresh wave of protests to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. Clashes escalated in the streets of the capital, where protesters blocked major roads. Protests were also reported in the cities of Jacmel, Cap-Haitien, Saint Marc and Gonaives. Frequent protests have been reported across Haiti since President Moise was directly implicated in a massive corruption scandal involving subsidised oil from Venezuela. Protests mainly occur in Port-au-Prince and usually turn violent. In previous occasions, major routes to the capital's Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) were blocked. Travellers should remain vigilant and avoid large gatherings as protests may break out without warning.

2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins Saturday

The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season is set to kick off on Saturday and last until late-November. During this period, powerful hurricanes and tropical storms become frequent across the US Southeast, the Caribbean and Central America. Last year, the Atlantic experienced one of the busiest hurricane seasons in recent decades. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has already named 15 storms for the current season. Typically, the Atlantic hurricane season starts in June; however, earlier this month, Andrea became the first named storm of 2019. Travellers are highly advised to monitor local media and official updates from reputable sources, such as the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). Updates and useful information are also provided by official meteorological and weather agencies. Among the main threats during this period are storm surges, flooding and landslides. Adverse weather may also affect flights and sea travel across the Caribbean and North Atlantic.

Senate session suspended due to protests of opposition lawmakers

A Senate session was suspended after opposition lawmakers destroyed the chamber's furniture to interrupt a statement from Prime Minister Jean Michel Lapin. For the third time in less than a month, the new prime minister has failed to address senators over his government plans. Protests were reported on Thursday, where several vehicles were set ablaze. Lapin was formally sworn into the post after being nominated prime minister in an interim capacity back in March. He replaced Jean Henry Ceant, who was removed after losing a non-confidence vote in parliament for mishandling the country's economy.

Several killed in alleged gang-related shooting in southern Port-au-Prince

At least five people have been killed and several others injured what's presumed to have been a gang-related attack in southern Port-au-Prince. Authorities told AP on Thursday that the attack happened in the Carrefour-Feuilles are. According to the police, a shooting broke out as soon as law-enforcement officers arrived at the scene. Gang violence in Haiti is widespread and mainly affect southern neighbourhoods in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Besides Carrefour, the neighbourhoods of Bel Air, Cite Soleil and Martissant are also known for frequent gang-related incidents.

Protests scheduled outside Court of Audits building in Port-au-Prince

A protest is scheduled to occur outside the Cour des Comptes in Port-au-Prince. According to the Canadian government travel advice, a group of protesters plan to besiege the government building on Friday, 26 April. Since February, protests have become frequent in Haiti to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. Most demonstrations are against the Petrocaribe scandal, which implicated several high-level officials. Travellers are advised to remain vigilant and avoid large gatherings as protests in Haiti tend to turn violent.

Opposition calls for fresh anti-government protests across Haiti

A major opposition-led protest is scheduled to take place in Haiti on Friday. Although protests have significantly reduced across the country, sporadic anti-government protests are still common, especially in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Demonstrators demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise, whose administration was tainted by the infamous Petrocaribe scandal. A close adviser to President Moise, Jude Charles Faustin, has accused former Prime Minister Jean Henry Ceant of financing anti-government protests in the country, including Friday's protest. Ceant was removed from office after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament. Travellers are advised to exercise caution and to avoid large gatherings as protests in Haiti tend to turn violent.

Gunmen target Chilean ambassador's convoy in Port-au-Prince

Gunmen have targeted a motorcade transporting the Chilean ambassador in Port-au-Prince. AP reported that a driver working for the America Solidaria charity was injured alongside another person. Three people were initially reported missing. Ambassador Patricio Utreras was in a vehicle with his wife to attend an event as part of Project Wash - a clean-water project in a low-income neighbourhood in Croix-des-Bouquets. Chile's foreign ministry said that Chilean officers escorting the convoy repelled the attack. Besides the ambassador and his wife, several foreign charity volunteers were part of the motorcade. Violent crime increased significantly in the aftermath of many natural disasters and long-standing political instability in Haiti. A number of armed attacks have previously been reported along major highways across the country.

Jean-Michel Lapin nominated interim prime minister amid political crisis

President Jovenel Moise has nominated Jean-Michel Lapin as the country's interim prime minister. Lapin is the current communications and culture minister. He is replacing Jean Henry Ceant, who was removed from office after losing a non-confidence vote in Haiti's lower house of Congress. Ceant was removed for failing to address the current political and economic crisis in Haiti. He leaves office a year after replacing Jack Guy Lafontant, who was also forced to resign after violent protests. In recent months, Haiti has faced widespread protests after a number of ministers were implicated in the infamous Petrocaribe scandal.

Several cities cancel carnival celebrations amid current wave of unrest

Haiti's government has announced that the popular carnival celebrations in the country will be scrapped due to the current political unrest. Culture and Communication Minister Jean-Michel Lapin has announced that due to logistical and technical issues, several towns across Haiti have scrapped plans to host carnival events. Among them are included the towns of Petionville, Port-au-Prince and Gonaives. Despite the announcement, some cities, such as Jacmel, may still hold festivities. In 2019, the carnival in Haiti is celebrated from 05 March but several events may occur before and after the date.

Air Canada suspends flights between Montreal and Port-au-Prince

Air Canada has announced that all non-stop flights from Montreal to Port-au-Prince have been suspended until late-April. In a statement, the airline said that all services will be halted until 29 April. The move comes due to the current wave of civil unrest in the country, which broke out in early-February. Air Canada is joining several other travel companies that reportedly suspended flight and hotel bookings in Haiti. 

Scores killed since wave of civil unrest broke out across Haiti

The Inter-American Human Rights Commission (CIDH) estimates that at least 26 people were killed and nearly 80 others were injured amid the current wave of unrest in Haiti. Mass protests and violent clashes have started in early-February. Demonstrators demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. Several former ministers were implicated in a massive corruption scandal involving the Venezuelan-backed Petrocaribe programme. Although the situation on the streets is relatively calmer, some roadblocks and protests are still being reported across the country, especially in Port-au-Prince. Opposition leaders have called for further protests after radical parties refused calls from Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant to hold talks.

Opposition calls for further protests in Haiti

Opposition parties are calling for further protests in Haiti to demand the immediate resignation of President Jovenel Moise. Although protests across Port-au-Prince and major cities have significantly slowed down in recent days, isolated demonstrations continue to affect some neighbourhoods. Miguel Andre, the leader of the Rally of Progressive National Democrats (RDNP), has said that: “The new protests are set for Friday. The fight will start again." Despite some concessions were made by Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant, demonstrators demand an independent investigation on the Petrocaribe scandal, which already implicated several high-level politicians. Travellers are advised caution and to avoid large gatherings. Protests in Haiti have been going on for nearly two weeks and violence has been reported in most demonstrations. Roadblocks are common, especially in some central areas and major routes towards the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince. Visitors should not attempt to forcefully cross roadblocks.

Roadblocks reported as protests continue in Port-au-Prince

The US Embassy in Port-au-Prince has warned that roadblocks are currently in place across Caradeux neighbourhood, southern Port-au-Prince. Burning tires have been spotted near the Aristide University on Thursday afternoon. Travellers have been advised caution and to avoid the area as tensions may escalate and turn violent. For nearly two weeks, a wave of civil unrest has engulfed the country to demand the immediate resignation of President Jovenel Moise. Although protests across Haiti are fading, some demonstrations may occur in the next few days.

US-based online travel company blocks hotel and flight bookings to Haiti

Online travel company Expedia has blocked new hotel and flight bookings to Haiti. After several foreign governments issuing travel advisories due to the current wave of civil unrest in the country, Expedia and its subsidiaries - Travelocity, Orbitz, Hotwire and CheapTickets - have reportedly blocked all hotels bookings in Haiti alongside flights to and from Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien. Local businesses and public offices are slowly reopening nationwide after more than a week of violent protests. Despite reports suggesting that things are slowly returning to normal, travellers are advised to remain vigilant as fresh protests may erupt.

UN mission supports police force to tackle violent protests in Haiti

Members of the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) are currently supporting officers of Haiti's National Police (PNH) to curb the current wave of civil unrest. For nearly two weeks, protests continue to affect the country as demonstrators demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise, who is accused of corruption. For years, the PNH has been facing increasing challenges. The UN mission is currently assisting the PNH in logistical and operational matters; including patrol, escort of supply convoys and checkpoints. MINUJUSTH is the replacement of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), which mandate expired in October 2017. The MINUJUSTH is mainly comprised of civilians and former police officers. Its mandate is set to expire in mid-April.

Five US nationals arrested amid nationwide protests

Haiti's Foreign Minister Bocchit Edmond has said that five US nationals have been arrested as nationwide protests continue. Official sources told CNN that they were arrested on conspiracy charges, which were not formally filed yet. They were arrested alongside two other foreign nationals and a Haitian. A violent wave of civil unrest has been reported across Haiti since last week. Protesters demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise for mishandling the Petrocaribe scandal. Protests are expected to continue despite Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant announcing a set of economic measures to curb civil unrest.

Prime Minister Ceant announces measures to curb wave of civil unrest

Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant has announced several political measures to curb the current wave of civil unrest in Haiti. PM Ceant said that among them is the reduction of benefits to politicians and a crackdown on corruption and smuggling. He also said that he is holding talks with business leaders to negotiate the potential increase in the minimum wage. Since early-February, daily protests have been reported nationwide, especially in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Demonstrators demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise and several politicians implicated in the Petrocaribe scandal. At least seven people have been killed as protests are likely to continue in the next few days. Reports suggest that major roads in Port-au-Prince and some routes of access to the Toussaint Louverture International Airport are currently blocked.

President Moise makes public address amid wave of civil unrest in Haiti

President Jovenel Moise has made his first public address after more than a week of civil unrest across Haiti. In a televised speech, he showed no intentions to step down from office. He said: “I hear you. I will never betray you. You are the reason I ran for president. I’m working for you." Several people have already been killed since protests started last week. Protesters demand President Moise's resignation for his alleged links to a massive scandal involving PetroCaribe funds. President Moise already attempted without success to hold talks with the opposition. Protests continued on Thursday evening and are expected to spread over the weekend. Reports suggest that some roads of access to the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince are blocked or with limited access. Travellers are advised to avoid large gatherings.

Dozens of inmates break out of prison during protest in Aquin

Dozens of inmates have fled a prison in southern Haiti after mass anti-government protests continue. Nearly 80 inmates held at a detention facility in Aquin, Tiburon Peninsula, have broken out of prison while thousands of protests marched across the coastal town. At least four people have been killed in Haiti since protests erupted over the weekend. Protests are expected to continue in the next few days, especially in the capital Port-au-Prince. Protests were called to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise, who is accused of mismanaging public funds of the infamous PetroCaribe programme.

Several killed during anti-government protests in Port-au-Prince

At least four people have been killed and several others were injured after anti-government protests spread over the weekend. Thousands of protesters marched across the capital, Port-au-Prince, and major cities to demand President Jovenel Moise to step down from office. Protests broke out on Friday and continued over the weekend. Demonstrators accused President Moise of compliance with the infamous Petrocaribe scandal, which involved several high-level politicians. Further civil unrest is expected to affect the country in the next few days as President Moise called on the opposition to hold talks.

Thousands stage anti-government protest in Port-au-Prince

Thousands took to the streets of Port-au-Prince to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. Demonstrators marched across the capital on Thursday claiming that President Moise is failing to address the infamous Petrocaribe scandal, which implicated several high-level politicians. Dozens of people were arrested and several police cars were set on fire when tensions escalated. Protests are expected to continue over the weekend. The Petrocaribe programme granted cheaper Venezuelan oil to Haiti and other countries. It is alleged that over $2bn was diverted from Petrocaribe funds during the administration of Michel Martelly, a close ally to President Moise. 

Demonstration takes place in downtown Jacmel, Sud-Est

The US Embassy in Port-au-Prince has stated on Monday afternoon that a demonstration is taking place in downtown Jacmel, southern Haiti. People have been advised to avoid the area as some demonstrations in the country tend to turn violent. Jacmel is a coastal town located in the Sud-Est department.

Reports of single women being targeted in traffic jams in Port-au-Prince

The UK FCO has warned travellers over reports of single women being targeted while they are stuck in traffic in Petionville, southern Port-au-Prince. Armed assailants are reported to target them in traffic jams. In recent months, some reports suggest an increase in high-profile robberies of foreign nationals around Port-au-Prince’s International Airport (PAP). Travellers are advised to remain vigilant as attacks may occur on broad daylight. Robberies and petty crime are common in Port-au-Prince. In the event of being targeted, travellers are recommended not to react as criminals are often armed.

Anti-corruption protest turns violent in Port-au-Prince

Several people have been detained after police officers clashed with protesters in Port-au-Prince. Demonstrators took to the streets on Sunday to celebrate the International Anti-Corruption Day. Protesters were marching through the Rue Pavee towards the Parliament when tensions escalated. A wave of protests has been reported across Haiti as the opposition demand an investigation into the Petrocaribe scandal. Although protests have significantly reduced, some marches and demonstrations are still taking place nationwide. Visitors are advised to remain vigilant and avoid large gathering as protests in Haiti tend to turn violent.

Several killed in violent clashes at border post near Mallepasse

At least six people have been killed after clashes broke out at a border crossing in eastern Haiti. HaitiLibre reported that clashes broke out when a border officer injured a Haitian driver after an alleged altercation near the town of Mallepasse. Four border officials and two civilians are among the casualties. Reports suggest that an angry mob followed the officer until a police station and set the building on fire. Mallepasse is located along the RN8 highway, one of the busiest border crossings with the Dominican Republic. It is the main link to the Dominican town of Jimani.

UN Mission to gradually transfer law-enforcement duties to National Police

The UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) has said that several international contingents will leave the country as peacemakers are gradually transferring law-enforcement duties to the Haiti National Police (PNH). In a statement released on Wednesday, MINUJUSTH said that public security duties on Port-au-Prince's industrial area, known as SONAPI, will be transferred to the PNH from mid-December. The area is considered a strategic position on policing areas towards the airport and the city centre. Meanwhile, MINUJUSTH officers based in Miragoane - which links Port-au-Prince to South and Grand'Anse departments - will be gradually reduced. MINUJUSTH replaced the previous UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). It is expected to be fully withdrawn from the country in October 2019.

Several killed in car crash in Port-au-Prince

At least six people have been killed in a traffic accident in Port-au-Prince. AlterPresse reported that the accident happened on Wednesday on the road towards Toussaint Louverture International Airport. Conflictive reports suggest that the vehicle was later set on fire by protesters, which later clashed with the police on Delmas neighbourhood. For several days, a wave of unrest has been reported in Port-au-Prince and major cities. Anti-government demonstrators demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise and the detention of those involved in the Petrocaribe scandal.

Haiti comes to standstill amid wave of anti-corruption protests

Public services and transport across Haiti continue to face disruption amid a wave of anti-corruption protests. Roadblocks were reported on the streets of Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, while several schools and public services were suspended. Protests broke out over the weekend, but they are expected to continue over the next few days as opposition parties call for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. So far, at least six people have been killed in several protests nationwide. Travellers should expect severe travel disruption across major cities. Although street protests significantly reduced, people have been advised to remain vigilant and exercise extreme caution as demonstrations may suddenly turn violent.

Several killed as nationwide protests turn violent

At least six people have been killed after violent anti-government protests broke out nationwide. Demonstrators took to the streets of the capital, Port-au-Prince, on Sunday to call for investigations on high-level government officials for links to the Petrocaribe corruption scandal. Barricades and several vehicles across the capital were set ablaze, while protests were also held in San Marcos, Cap Haitien and several other towns. It is estimated that more than $3.8bn in public funds were allegedly misused from the Venezuelan-sponsored Petrocaribe programme.

Several bodies found amid violence wave in Port-au-Prince

At least 12 people have been killed in a spate of violence reported across Port-au-Prince. In less than three days, several bodies were found in the neighbourhood of La Saline, located in the south-western area of the capital. Police claim that those incidents are the result of a violent turf war. Haiti is facing a severe security crisis. Social groups accuse the government of inefficiency on tackling hampering levels of organised crime and corruption. The country continues engulfed in a series of corruption scandals, where the opposition accuses President Jovenel Moise of involvement. Protests have been called over the weekend to demand President Moise to step down from office.

Opposition groups call for massive anti-government march in Port-au-Prince

Opposition groups in Haiti are set to launch a massive anti-government protest in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Demonstrators are expected to march across Port-au-Prince on Sunday to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. Organisers said that thousands of people are expected to take part in the protest. Last month, President Moise ordered a cabinet reshuffle after several cabinet members were implicated in the infamous Petrocaribe scandal. Protests in Haiti tend to turn violent. Travellers are advised to remain vigilant, monitor local media and avoid large gatherings.

NHC monitor formation of potential tropical storm in the North Atlantic

The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) is currently monitoring a tropical wave which is forecast to intensify into a sub-tropical or tropical storm in the next few days. According to a tropical weather outlook released on Monday, the system is currently located off the Leeward Islands. Later in the week, heavy rainfall and thunderstorms may affect some areas in the northern Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and south-eastern Bahamas. However, as of Monday, the system does not pose an imminent threat to land, while no weather watches or warnings have been issued.

Surge in armed violence reported across Port-au-Prince

A surge in armed violence and gang-related incidents have been reported across Port-au-Prince. An officer of the Catholic Church-backed peace advocate group Jilap, told AlterPresse that gang activity and armed violence are reported daily in the capital. Rovelson Apollon raised concerns over the inefficiency of law-enforcement agencies and their compliance with criminal groups. Violent crime increased significantly in the aftermath of many natural disasters and long-standing political instability in Haiti. Despite significant improvements were made in the country, corruption continues to pose a serious issue. Last week, a former police director was arrested for links to arms trafficking.

Former police director arrested for arms trafficking

A former police director has been arrested for links to a notorious gun trafficking case reported back in 2016. A judge ordered the arrest of former National Police Director Godson Orelus in a court ruling on Friday. He was detained in the eastern town of Saint-Marc. In September 2016, a massive gun shipment containing more than 100 brand-new machine guns was seized in Haiti. Reports suggest that the guns were intended to be sent to nearby islands across the Caribbean.

President Moise reshuffles cabinet amid Petrocaribe scandal

President Jovenel Moise has ordered a cabinet reshuffle amid an ongoing corruption scandal involving the Petrocaribe programme, which granted cheaper Venezuelan oil to Haiti and other countries. Moise's chief of staff, Wilson Laleau, and presidency minister, Yves Germain Joseph, were replaced alongside 16 government aides. Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant has announced the launching of a commission to investigate a number of documents which allege more than $2bn was diverted from Petrocaribe funds during the administration of Michel Martelly, a close ally to President Moise. A number of protests have erupted across Port-au-Prince to demand the imprisonment of those accused of involvement in the scandal.

One killed during anti-government protests in Port-au-Prince

At least one person has been killed and dozens of others were injured during anti-government protests in Port-au-Prince. Demonstrators took to the streets to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise after the Senate released documents claiming widespread fraud reported during previous administrations. Although Moise called for a trial, protesters are sceptical that such would be fair, as some of the involved include his close ally and former President Michel Martelly. Tensions were significantly high in the suburban neighbourhood of Petionville. The protest coincided with the celebrations of the 212th anniversary of the death of Jean-Jacques Dessalines.

Protests scheduled ahead of national holiday

Security measures are set to be reinforced as major demonstrations are scheduled to take place across Haiti ahead of the 212th anniversary of the death of Jean Jacques Dessalines. Protests are scheduled to occur throughout Wednesday, especially in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Travellers are advised caution and to remain vigilant as peaceful demonstrations in Haiti tend to turn violent. Traffic restrictions and disruption are highly likely to impact areas in downtown Port-au-Prince.

Twelve killed after earthquake hits Port-de-Paix

At least 12 people have been killed and more than 100 others wounded after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the northern coast of Haiti. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake was recorded 19km north-west of the coastal city of Port-de-Paix. It was the strongest recorded earthquake in Haiti since 2010, when more than 200,000 people were killed. “The [disaster] risk management system and the regional branches of the Civil Protection are on standby to assist the inhabitants of the affected areas,” said President Jovenel Moise.

Earthquake hits northern Haiti

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake has struck northern Haiti over the weekend. The earthquake occurred on Saturday night, with its epicentre located about 18km north-west of Port-de-Paix at a shallow depth of 19km. Several buildings have been destroyed in the quake and the government confirmed a disaster response task force had been set up. President Jovenel Moise urged residents to remain calm, while recent reports indicate as many as 12 people have been killed and a further 188 others have been wounded. The earthquake was one of the strongest to hit Haiti since the 2010 earthquake which killed some 220,000 people.

Senior politician injured in armed attack in Port-au-Prince

The secretary-general of the Rally of Progressive National Democrats (RDNP) party has been injured after armed men targeted his vehicle in southern Port-au-Prince. Local media reported that Eric Jean-Baptiste was injured in the arm during the shooting. He was taking his three children to school when he was attacked along the Avenue Magloire Ambroise in Carrefour-Feuilles. No further casualties were reported. President Jovenel Moise has condemned the attack and said that investigations have been launched. 

Weather alert issued due to heavy rainfall nationwide

Haiti's meteorological authority has issued a warning as heavy rainfall is forecast to continue nationwide. In a report released on Monday, the Unite Hydrometerologique said that until Wednesday, adverse weather may impact the departments of South, Nippes, Grande Anse, North-West and West. The metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince may also be affected. Concerns particularly regard risks associated with landslides and flooding. 

Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant sworn into office

Jean-Henry Ceant has been sworn into office nearly two months after his predecessor, Jack Guy Lafontant, stepped down amid a violent wave of unrest. Ceant is taking office a day after both houses of Congress approved his nomination by President Jovenel Moise. He ran for office twice and is a close ally to former President Michel Martelly. In late-July, violent protests led to the death of at least 20 people after the government announced a hike on fuel prices. 

Tropical Storm Isaac may bring adverse weather conditions

Severe weather conditions may impact Haiti over the weekend as Tropical Storm Isaac is heading westwards in the Atlantic. It is still uncertain if Isaac will head towards the Hispaniola Island, but the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) is currently monitoring its developments. Although Isaac was recently downgraded to a tropical storm, it is forecast to become a hurricane in the next few days. Travellers are advised to follow updates provided by reliable sources, such as the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the NHC.

American Airlines to reduce direct flights to Haiti

American Airlines (AA) is set to reduce flights from the US to Port-au-Prince's Toussaint Louverture Airport (PAP). In a statement released on Tuesday, the company revealed that its services between PAP and New York's JFK will be terminated, while flights between Fort Lauderdale and Cap-Haitien will also be ceased from 03 November. AA stated that four daily direct services will continue to operate from Miami International Airport (MIA). AA claim that the measure comes due to economic circumstances.

Four injured during shooting at border post in Belladere

Four people have been injured after a shooting broke out in the bordering town of Belladere, eastern Haiti. Dominican Minister Ruben Paulino Sem said that the shooting erupted after a group of alleged smugglers attempted to cross the border with a load of cement. The shooting broke out in Haitian territory, while three suspects were detained in the Dominican side of the border. Last month, Dominican authorities ordered security measures along the border to be heightened due to intense protests in Port-au-Prince.

Three injured as tornado ravages houses in Fonds-Verrettes

Three people have been injured after a tornado ravaged the bordering town of Fonds-Verrettes, south-western Haiti. Reports revealed that dozens of houses and plantation fields were destroyed when strong winds hit the region on Monday. One of the victims was severely injured when his house collapsed. The area is still recovering after floods affected the town nearly 14 years ago. Haiti is highly vulnerable to weather systems and even small-scale events may cause widespread destruction. Such mainly occurs during the Atlantic hurricane season between June and November.

Protest and roadblocks reported in Jacmel

The US Embassy in Port-au-Prince has stated that a demonstration is currently taking place in the southern town of Jacmel. According to an alert released on Tuesday afternoon, roadblocks and protests are spreading across the Mon Karate area. Travellers should avoid the area and remain vigilant. 

Jean-Henry Ceant nominated new Prime Minister

Jean-Henry Ceant has been nominated as the new Prime Minister. President Jovenel Moise said: "Following consultations with the Presidents of the two branches of Parliament, I made the choice of the citizen Jean-Henry Céant as the new Prime Minister." Ceant is replacing Jack Guy Lafontant, who resigned after a wave of unrest engulfed the country last month. Ceant previously ran for president in 2016. His nomination still has to be accepted by both houses of Congress.

Government suspends food programme after violent protests

Haiti's government has announced the suspension of a key food programme which assists thousands of people daily. In a press conference, the director of the Fund for Economic and Social Assistance (FAES) confirmed that the move comes after violent protests destroyed most of the programme's resources, such as warehouses and mobile canteens. A wave of unrest broke out last month after the government announced cuts to fuel subsidies.

Rights group claims that 20 people were killed in Port-au-Prince unrest

Haiti's police chief, Michael Gedeon, has said on Tuesday that nine people were killed when violent protests broke out in Port-au-Prince. Gedeon confirmed that among them are two police officers. The death toll is being contested by the Rights group RNDDH, which claims that more than 20 people were killed. Protests erupted earlier in the month after the government announced a hike in fuel prices, leading to the resignation of Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant.

MSF to close two hospitals in Port-au-Prince

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have announced that two hospitals in Port-au-Prince will be closed. Both facilities were temporarily opened back in 2010 in the aftermath of the earthquake. One of them is a key obstetrics hospital located in the Delmas neighbourhood. Another hospital in Tabarrea will close next year. MSF confirmed that four of its clinics in the capital will continue to operate. Haiti still suffers massive medical challenges, especially regarding cases of cholera, which suffered a significant increase since Hurricane Matthew battered the country in 2016.

Prime Minister Lafontant resigns

Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant has handed over his resignation just days after violent protests broke out across the capital, Port-au-Prince. Lafontant has faced severe criticism after he announced the end to fuel subsidies and the hike of up to 50 percent on the prices of petrol, diesel and kerosene as part of economic recovery plans. He was set to face a vote of no-confidence in parliament overt the weekend. Lafontant is stepping down alongside his whole cabinet. President Jovenel Moise said on Saturday that he is already negotiating with other candidates to form a new cabinet.

Prime Minister Lafontant to face no-confidence vote

Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant is set to face a vote of no-confidence in parliament amid the current wave of unrest in Port-au-Prince. Lawmakers will cast their vote on Saturday either to remove, or knock the confidence, of the administration led by him and President Jovenel Moise. Large-scale protests broke out over the weekend after the announcement of cuts to fuel subsidies under a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

IMF tell government to gradually cut fuel subsidies to avoid unrest

IMF's spokesman Gerry Rice said that Haiti should gradually cut fuel prices in order to avoid further unrest. Days after the capital, Port-au-Prince, came to a standstill due to violent demonstrations, Rice underlined that the government should proceed with reforms to enhance the country's economic performance. Over the weekend, protests erupted after PM Jack Guy Lafontant announced an outright cut to fuel subsidies and the subsequent increase of up to 50 percent on the price of petrol, diesel and kerosene. PM Lafontant is set to face a no-confidence vote in parliament.

Protests scheduled to take place in downtown Port-au-Prince

The US Embassy in Port-au-Prince has announced that a demonstration is scheduled to take place in downtown Port-au-Prince on Wednesday. Protests are also taking place across the neighbourhoods of Delmas 40B, Petionville and Pelerin. Travellers have been advised to avoid those areas and remain extreme caution when heading to the airport or leaving their hotels and residences. Protests erupted over the weekend after the government introduced a hike to fuel prices.

President Moise meets lawmakers amid fuel tax protests

President Jovenel Moise has met with lawmakers to discuss the current wave of unrest in the country which has already led to the deaths of four people. Violent protests erupted over the weekend after the government approved an increase to fuel prices. Prime Minister Jack Gay Lafontant did not take part in the meeting as some influential business associations demand his resignation. The entire capital came to a standstill on Monday after a 48-hour strike action was called. Although major protests have ceased, tensions are still high and may escalate without warning. Travellers are advised to remain vigilant and avoid large gatherings.

Heavy rainfall expected as Tropical Rainstorm Beryl approaches

Heavy rainfall and flash floods are expected on Tuesday as Tropical Rainstorm Beryl approaches the Hispaniola Island. Although Beryl has weakened from a Hurricane, it still may bring adverse weather to some areas across the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Mudslides are also expected, especially near mountainous areas. Travellers are advised to check for further updates from the US National Hurricane Centre.

Protesters call for two-day strike and President Moise's resignation

Protesters have called for a two-day general strike amid the country's current wave of protests against the increase in fuel prices. Although the measure has been suspended, roadblocks have been left in place as tensions remain high. Most barricades were removed but some protesters are still on the streets to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. At least four people were killed over the weekend. Protests over the weekend led to flight disruption at Port-au-Prince's Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP). Flights are still being gradually resumed after major streets leading to the airport were already cleared.

Protests erupt after government increases fuel tax

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets across Port-au-Prince to protest against government plans to increase fuel prices. Roadblocks were erected across the capital after the government announced the increase in the prices of petrol, diesel and kerosene. Several stores and hotels were attacked. Some members of US-based missionary and volunteer groups were left stranded as the main roads leading to Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) were blocked. Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant has announced the suspension of the measure. He said the decision to increase fuel prices was taken after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reduced fuel subsidies to the country. Travellers are advised caution as some roadblocks remain in place. Some flights from PAP were cancelled as the airport is gradually resuming its operations on Monday morning.

Oxfam barred from Haiti over abuse scandal

Oxfam GB has had its right to operate in Haiti withdrawn over allegations of sexual misconduct by the charity's staff. Three ministers had taken the decision “for a violation of Haitian law and serious violation of the principle of the dignity of the human beings.” In a statement, Oxfam GB said it was “disappointed but understands the Haiti Government’s decision.”

Haiti prepares as the Atlantic hurricane season officially starts

The Atlantic hurricane season has officially started on Friday and is set to last until September. Haiti continues to recover from two major natural disasters - The 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew in 2016 - amidst growing concern over the potential impact of severe weather during the 2018 hurricane season. Although Haiti was not directly impacted last year, major hurricanes still left a trail of destruction and casualties. Travellers have been advised to closely monitor local media and follow recommendations from the emergency services and local civil protection authorities. The US-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) often monitor and release timely forecasts and the storms' potential paths.

Street blockades reported in southern Port-au-Prince

The US Embassy in Port-au-Prince has warned that a roadblock has been erected in the Saint Martin area, the southern region of the capital. According to the report, burning tires are currently blocking the stretch between Rue Saint Martin and Rue Pean. Travellers have been advised to avoid the area and to find alternative routes.

Bandits reportedly operating along national highway

The US Embassy in Port-au-Prince revealed on Wednesday reports of armed bandits operating along the Route Nationale 1. According to the security alert, assailants are stopping and robbing vehicles near the Wahoo Bay Beach resort, located north of the capital. Travellers have been advised to avoid the area.

Weather alert issued due to heavy rainfall across Haiti

Haiti's Civil Protection Directorate (DPC) has issued weather alerts as heavy rainfall continues to his districts nationwide. In recent days, the Artibonite, Grand-Anse, Nippes, North, North-East, South and South-East districts were affected, while landslides damaged houses across South, South-East and West departments. Landslides were also reported in Port-au-Prince. Travellers are advised caution while around areas at risk of flooding and landslides - especially around rivers and mountains.

Roadblocks reported in southern Port-au-Prince

The US Embassy in Port-au-Prince has issued a travel alert advising travellers to avoid the area around Delmas 91 in the southern area of the capital. Reports revealed that the Route de Delmas is currently blocked as large crowds are gathered in the area. Caution has been advised.

Large rocks block road in Port-au-Prince

The US Embassy in Port-au-Prince has informed that large rocks are currently blocking the Route de Pernier in the capital. The road is usually used by people driving from Toussaint Louvertune International Airport. Travellers have been advised to avoid the area and opt for an alternative route.

President Moise's cabinet reshuffled amid opposition pressure

Prime Minister Jacques Guy Lafontant has announced a new cabinet reshuffle amid increasing pressure from the opposition. In total, five ministers of President Jovenel Moise's administration will be replaced. Among them is Justice and Public Security Minister Jean Roody, who is being accused of failing to tackle corruption in the government.

Gang violence reported near Martissant

The US Embassy in Port-au-Prince has confirmed recent reports of gang violence in Martissant area, south of the capital. The area of main concern is along the Route National 2, which links the capital to the south-western tip of the country. Caution has been advised.

Authorities investigate photojournalist dissappearance

Authorities are investigating the disappearance of photojournalist Vladjimir Legagneur who was reported missing earlier in the month. Legagneur was reported missing while working on a news piece in Grand Ravine, southern Haiti. It remains unclear what led to the disappearance, which generated concerns from the Haitian government and the Association of Independent Media of Haiti (AMIH).

Government to investigate charities after Oxfam scandal

On Monday, Haiti's Planning and External Cooperation Minister Aviol Fleurant announced that a widespread investigation will be launched into charities operating in the country. The move comes as a misconduct scandal involving the UK-based charity Oxfam unfolds. Fleurant met with Oxfam officials on Monday, who handed over an internal report regarding the incident back in 2011. Fleurant said: “What hurt me at the end of the meeting is that they admitted that Haitian authorities had, at no time, been informed by Oxfam about the commission of such crimes.”

Fire breaks out at Port-au-Prince clothing market

On Sunday morning, a massive blaze has engulfed a popular clothing market in Port-au-Prince. The fire broke out at the old customs market. No casualties were immediately reported as the market was closed. Tensions erupted as hundreds attempted to get into the market and were blocked by armed security guards. The incident comes nearly a week after another fire largely destroyed a historical 19th-century iron market also in the capital.

Massive fire destroys historical market in Port-au-Prince

A historical 19th century iron market in the heart of Port-au-Prince has been severely damaged after a massive fire broke out on Monday evening. Preliminary reports suggest that the fire started in a rubbish bin, which propagated across the market and destroyed most of the structure alongside seller's products. The Marche en Fer is a popular tourist attraction in the capital and had been reopened after the 2010 earthquake.

US President foul-mouthed comment triggers protests in Port-au-Prince

Around 2,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Port-au-Prince to protest US President Donald Trump's foul-mouthed comments on third-party countries. Protesters sought to head towards the US Embassy in the capital but failed to do so after police officers erected a security perimeter around the building to avoid further unrest. President Trump's comments - which alleged referred to Haiti and other African countries - during a White House meeting several days ago triggered a global outrage. Haitians also criticise President Jovenel Moise for being complacent and not actively addressing the issue. 

Several killed as heavy rainfall batters North-West department

Six people have been killed and a dozen others were injured when heavy rainfall battered Haiti's North-West department over the weekend. The incident happened as severe weather conditions caused the victims' house to collapse. Rising river levels have been recorded across the departments of Nippes, North, North-East and North-West. A weather warning remains in place since early-January alongside a prohibition issued by the National Maritime Service (SEMANAH) that restricts coastal navigation due to rough seas. In the North-East department, Haitian coast guard rescued more than 200 people trapped in a ship off the coast of Caracol.

Emergency and medical care still affected nationwide

Australia's Smartraveller has advised visitors to Haiti that the country continues to face shortages of basic goods and disruptions in services due to the aftermath of the deadly hurricane season. Food and water supplies alongside emergency and medical care are still heavily affected in some areas. Haiti continues to struggle to recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and other devastating weather systems that yearly batter the country amid the Atlantic hurricane season.

US Department of State warns over security risks in Haiti

The US Department of State has issued an updated travel advisory to Haiti warning over the country's current security situation. According to the new travel warning issued on Thursday, kidnaps, armed robberies and violent assaults remain a threat against visitors as some reports suggest increasing cases against US nationals. As the political situation in Haiti gradually improves, major areas around Port-au-Prince still continue to experience high rates of criminality and are especially prone to violent demonstrations.

Heavy rainfall kills five nationwide

At least five people were killed as heavy rains battered southern and north-western Haiti on Wednesday. A two-year-old girl was killed in Les Cayes, while a woman was reported dead in Ile-a-Vache. In the north-west, casualties were reported in Saint-Louis du Nort. Adverse weather conditions are expected over the weekend, where heavy rainfall is likely to trigger flooding and landslides nationwide. The region has been currently affected by a low-pressure system located east of Jamaica and other weather phenomena in the northern Atlantic.

Bodies recovered after police operation in Port-au-Prince

At least nine people have been killed in a massive anti-gang operation in Port-au-Prince. The operation happened on Monday and took place in the western Martissant neighbourhood. Justice officials were deployed to investigate the incident, where the bodies of seven civilians and two police officers were recovered. Several gangs have been fighting for control of an area known as the 'Grand Ravine'.

MINUSTAH to be officially withdrawn after 13 years

The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) is set to officially leave the country after 13 years. Thousands of peacekeepers and police officers will be withdrawn within 10 days after MINUSTAH chief, Sandra Honore, acknowledged that the country achieved significant progress on its political and security stability. MINUSTAH will be replaced by another UN-backed mission, the MINUJUSTH, which was fully approved back in April at the UN Security Council, intended to assist during the transitory period until April 2018.

Three killed in weather-related incidents across Haiti

Three people have been killed in weather-related incidents after Hurricane Maria moved away from northern Haiti on Thursday. Despite not making landfall, Maria brought rough weather conditions mainly to the northern and central regions of the country. Several rivers have overflown and triggered widespread flooding in Ferrier, Bocozel and Grande Saline. A 45-year-old man drowned after attempting to cross a river in Limbe, while two people died of lightning in Cornillon. The emergency services have advised people to remain vigilant for potential landslides and further floods mainly in northern Haiti.

Haiti comes to a halt over public transport strike

Most parts of the country came to a standstill on Monday after workers' unions called for a nationwide public transportation strike. Demonstrators gathered on the streets to protest President Jovenel Moise's proposed tax hikes to several commodities, such as gas, property and driver licenses. Most shops were closed and government operations were disrupted as most parts of the population heavily rely on public transport to go to work or head to major urban areas. Protests against the controversial tax bill have already turned violent on several occasions and are expected to continue throughout the next few weeks.

Protests against tax hikes turn violent across Port-au-Prince

Road blocks and widespread violence was reported on Tuesday as demonstrators took to the streets of Port-au-Prince after lawmakers approved tax hikes. Protesters stormed the main districts of the capital to protest against a proposed tax increase on various goods including alcohol and tobacco. Although several vehicles were set on fire and commercial buildings vandalised, no casualties were reported. President Jovenel Moise is facing a massive budgetary challenge as foreign aid to Haiti is continuously slowing.

Extreme weather expected as Hurricane Irma approaches

The US-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) issued a hurricane warning to northern Haiti as Category 5 Hurricane Irma is expected to hit the northern coast of the Hispaniola Island on Thursday evening. The alert includes the region between the border with the Dominican Republic to the western region of Mole-Saint Nicholas. Areas south of Saint Nicholas up until the capital Port-au-Prince are also expected to be hit with tropical storm conditions, while most parts of the country are set to suffer from strong winds.

Haiti on alert for potential impact of Hurricane Irma

Haiti's Civil Protection authority issued a warning on Sunday for the potential impact of Hurricane Irma on the country's northern region. Emergency services are on alert as the Category 4 hurricane is feared to head towards the Hispaniola Island. It is still unclear if Irma will directly affect the country, but heavy rains and strong winds are expected on Friday and Saturday. It is widely advisable to monitor local media regarding potential changes on Irma's trajectory. Haiti is still recovering from the widespread damage and the high number of casualties caused by Hurricane Matthew in early-October.

Army to be re-instated ahead of MINUSTAH withdrawal

The Ministry of Defense has announced intentions to re-establish the Haitian Army ahead of the withdrawal of the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) in October. Up to 500 young men and women are planned to be recruited to assist police forces on border patrol missions and natural disaster response. The Haitian Army was disbanded in 1995 as the outcome of the US-led Operation Uphold Democracy, created after a military coup against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1991.

Several killed as lorry crashes into wall in Cavaillon

At least 11 people have been killed and 15 others injured after a lorry crashed in Cavaillon, south-eastern Haiti. Local authorities revealed that the accident happened on Saturday evening when the lorry carrying cargo and passengers crashed into a wall. The motives of the accident remain under investigation. unreliable public transportation and poor road conditions are the main causes of accidents in Haiti.

Violent protests take place in downtown Port-au-Prince

The US Embassy in Port-au-Prince has warned travellers of active protests in the capital's downtown around Champs Mars. The area has previously been the location of violent demonstrations. It is advised to remain vigilant and avoid large gatherings as protests tend to suddenly escalate.

US Embassy warns over mudslides during rainy season

The US Embassy in Port-au-Prince issued a warning for the increasing risk of mudslides and flooding across the country due to nonstop rainfall. According to the warning, the Sud Department is the area most affected, leading to the rising levels of local rivers. The rainy season in Haiti lasts from April up until October. During such periods, especially May, weather-related risks are significantly increased.

UN Security Council approves MINUSTAH withdrawal

The UN Security Council approved on Thursday the withdrawal of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The international mission stationed in the country for nearly 13 years is scheduled to leave the country by mid-October. According to MINUSTAH chief Sandra Honore 'Haiti had made significant progress in consolidating democracy and maintaining security and stability with the inauguration of Jovenel Moïse as President on 07 February, marking the restoration of constitutional order'. A peacekeeping mission was approved to assist during the transitory period until April 2018.

Protesters attack presidential motorcade in Arcahaie

President Jovenel Moise's motorcade was attacked with stones on Friday amid ongoing protests in Arcahaie, western Haiti. No one was injured or arrested but the attack was widely condemned by Moise's office. Residents in Arcahaie have been protesting over a redistricting decision during President Michel Martelly's administration in 2015.

Former president escapes armed attack in Port-au-Prince

Haiti's former president Jean Bertrand Aristide has escaped an armed attack attempt in the capital Port-au-Prince. The incident happened on Monday afternoon when Aristide was leaving a courthouse near the National Palace with his secretaries. Reports released to EFE revealed that several people were injured during the attack. Aristide is a key witness in a money-laundering probe involving a member of his cabinet.

Scores killed as bus ploughs into parade in Cap Haitien

At least 38 people have been killed and over a dozen have been injured when a bus ploughed into a crowd in Cap Haitien, northern Haiti. The bus was en route to the capital Port-au-Prince on Sunday when the driver drove into dozens of people celebrating a local music festival. Authorities told Reuters that the motives of the accident remain unknown as the driver fled the scene moments after the crash.

Chilean Navy announces withdrawal from UN mission

The Chilean Navy announced on Wednesday plans to leave Haiti between April and May. Chilean marines will be withdrawn from the country after 13 years of support to the UN-brokered mission - MINUSTAH. In a communique, Counter Admiral David Hardy said that '13 years ago, no one could walk on the streets, it was an uncontrolled situation. But now, there are no armed groups and the country's political structure was consolidated'.

Parliament to approve new Prime Minister

Jack Guy Lafontant was chosen by recently elected President Jovenel Moise to be the new Haitian Prime Minister. Dr Lafontant was appointed on Wednesday by Moise to proceed with his cabinet choices, which still have to be approved by both parliamentary chambers.

Jovenel Moise sworn in as Haiti's new president

Jovenel Moise has been sworn in office as Haiti's new president after months of political stalemate. Moise is replacing the interim government established after former president Michel Martelly stepped down from office. The electoral process was delayed several times over fraud allegations; however, it was finally concluded when Moise garnered nearly 56 percent of the votes in the elections held in November. One of the main challenges he is set to face regards the country's current political situation along with recovering from the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Police dismantles human trafficking ring in Port-au-Prince

Dozens of women and girls were rescued after an extensive police investigation tackled a human trafficking ring in Port-au-Prince. Authorities told the local radio that: "We found 33 girls, 20 of them minors, piled together in one room" on Sunday at a tourist resort on the capital outskirts. National police said that the victims were being lured and sold for sexual exploitation. Haiti is on the US State Department black list of countries where hampering levels of human trafficking are recorded.

President-elect brought to court due to fraud allegations

President-elect Jovenel Moise has been brought to court after his opposition has blamed him of fraud allegations. Moise, who is set to be sworn into office in February, has headed to the court after three members of the opposition have accused him of money laundering and unlawful gathering of funds before Haiti's presidential elections. Investigations have been ongoing since 2013 after a routine bank-regulation procedure. Moise was confirmed as the country's new president in early January, since then he has suffered several political attacks which have been refused in court.

Public health in Haiti ravaged amid doctors' strike

An ongoing strike staged by Haiti health professionals has been causing severe disruptions across the country. The leader of Haiti's health workers union at the General Hospital told news agency AP that nearly 4,700 nurses and staff demand better wages, leading underpaid employees to simply walk away from medical centres. The most affected by the strike - resident doctors started the strike five months ago - are the country's poor population that rely on the care of volunteers and NGOs missionaries. 

Political militia target Americans in southern Haiti

Local Haitian media has reported that American missionaries and foreign workers have been attacked by militia in southern Haiti. Sources have stated that the victims were targeted by militants in support of former senator Guy Phillipe, who was arrested and extradited to the US on 05 January after he was accused of money laundering and drug trafficking. According to the police, more than 50 American nationals stationed in the country's south have been relocated to a UN compound in Port-au-Prince. Since January, there have also been reports of street clashes between Guy Phillipe's supporters and other political opponents.

Dozens killed in bus crash, Artibonite province

At least 20 people have been killed in a bus crash in Artibonite province, northern Haiti. The accident happened on Sunday near the mountainous area of Monte Lacrete, when the vehicle, reportedly packed with passengers, collided with a lorry. Dozens of people have been severely injured in the crash and taken to the local hospital and other health centres. Deadly road accidents often occur across Haitian motorways. Irregular public transportation, such as lorries and other vehicles, and poor road conditions are the main causes of accidents in such impoverished areas of difficult access.

Jovenel Moise officially confirmed as new president

Jovenel Moise has officially been confirmed by the Haitian electoral court as the country's new president. Moise garnered nearly 56 percent of the votes in the elections held in November, however he was being investigated by the National Bureau of Electoral Litigation (BCEN) over fraud allegations. The electoral court stated that there were no irregularities that significantly affected the electoral process. Moise is set to be sworn into office in February and faces the challenge of reconstructing the country after it was hit by two destructive natural disasters: an earthquake in 2010 and Hurricane Matthew in September 2016.

Three shot dead in the streets of Port-au-Prince

Three people have been killed in a shooting in the streets of Port-au-Prince. The incident took place on Friday afternoon, in the city's Lalue area near the immigration office. One of the victims was found dead on the street while two others were inside a vehicle. The police and UN soldiers were deployed to the scene after the attack. The motives behind the attack remain unknown.

Electoral commission to review presidential vote results

On 20 December, judges of the National Bureau of Electoral Litigation (BCEN) ordered the revision of part of the presidential vote results. The measure was demanded by the three main opposition parties, who contest the victory of Tet Kale's (PHTK) Jovenel Moise with 55 percent of the votes. At least 12 percent of the vote will be reviewed by the BCEN amid fraud allegations. The presidential elections took place in November after being postponed several times since October 2015.

Police officer killed for presumed political motives in Port-au-Prince

On 11 December, a police officer was killed due to suspected political motives in Port-au-Prince. Claude Rigaud Clermont was shot dead at his home in Juvenat, Pétionville area. According to the victim's daughter, the family was being threatened for their support to the campaign of the presidential candidate Jovenel Moise. She said that the threats were made from a local gang that was endorsing the opposition candidate, Maryse Narcisse. Nine people were arrested in connection to the killing but the gang leader is still at large.

Jovenel Moise elected new president

On 29 November, the candidate for the centre-right Haitian Tèt Kale Party (PHTK), Jovenel Moise, won the first round on the recent general elections. He garnered nearly 56 percent of the votes according to preliminary results. The final voting will be held on 29 December. The elections were postponed several times as they were scheduled to take place in 2015, when former president Marcel Martelly - supporter of Moise - ordered the first round to be cancelled, forcing the parliament to nominate Jocilerme Privert as interim president. Moise urged the population to unite amid the recent violent political turmoil and widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Violence erupts over presidential election result

Violent protests have erupted in Haiti following the announcement of the presidential election results. Jovenel Moise, a banana exporter, won 55.6 percent of the vote, avoiding the need for a second round vote. Police clashed with protesters in the La Saline neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, while violence has also been reported near the US Embassy. The leftist Fanmi Lavalas party called the result an "electoral coup."

Tensions erupt ahead of election results announcement

The re-run for Haiti's presidential elections was held on Sunday. The motive for the long-delayed process was due to fraud allegations on the elections in October 2015. Amid the counting of the votes, the country has been suffering a widespread wave of clashes between demonstrators and security forces. On Tuesday, supporters of the candidate Maryse Narcisse forced the police to launch tear gas at the crowd in Port-au-Prince. The counting process has been hindered by logistical features, which were deeply affected by the recent hurricane Matthew. The main battle for power is between Jovenel Moise and Maryse Narcisse. From the 27 candidates the new president has to garner more than 50 percent of the votes, otherwise a second term will be called.

President warns of increased food crisis in Haiti

Over one month after the devastation generated by Hurricane Matthew, Haitian President Jocelerme Privert told the BBC that the international community is not sticking to their commitment to the reconstruction of the country. The government estimates that nearly 1.5 million people - three quarters of the total population - are in need of immediate assistance, with 140,000 currently living in temporary shelters. President Privert claims that in three months, Haiti may face an increase of the country's already severe food shortage, which was already affecting the country due to a three-year-long drought and chronic malnutrition. The situation is enhanced by the water shortages and the possibility of cholera contamination.

Nearly a dozen killed by heavy rains in northern Haiti

Heavy downpour triggered floods in several areas of northern Haiti. According to official sources, over 300mm of rain has fallen in a period of 48 hours. At least 10 people have been killed, including a family in Cap-Haitien. The casualties were also reported in Port de Paix, Perches and Cormier. The heavy rains comes nearly a month after over 500 people were killed by the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.

US government issues alert over travels to southern Haiti

Following the aftermath of the damage caused by the passage of Hurricane Matthew across southern Haiti, the United States government has advised against non-essential travels to affected areas. Due to the widespread destruction in the area caused by consecutive landslides and soil erosion, travel southwards should be avoided or carried out with additional care. Around 1,000 people lost their lives when the Category Four hurricane struck the Caribbean island in early October. Basic services are reportedly inoperative, with hundreds of people having been buried in common graves over fears of the spread of diseases such as cholera.

Mass prison break in Haiti

More than 170 inmates escaped from a prison in Haiti on Saturday after killing a guard and stealing weapons.  Police supported by UN peacekeepers have launched a major manhunt for the fugitives who escaped from the Arcahaie prison around 50km north of the capital, Port-au-Prince.  “One guard was killed during the incident," Edouard Junior told Reuters. "Three prisoner were wounded, including one who died as a consequence of his wounds."

At least eight-hundred cases of cholera reported in the country

On 19 October, the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that Haiti recorded over 800 cases of cholera the week after it was devastated by Hurricane Matthew. 773 of those cases were recorded between 9 and 15 October.

Violence near Olympic Market

On 12 October, the US Embassy reported incidents of violence occurring near the Olympic Market in Lalue, and have advised all US citizens to avoid the area. The US Bureau of Diplomatic Security has reminded citizens that all protests in Haiti, even peaceful ones, can quickly escalate and become violent. Travellers should remain vigilant and avoid the area and all protests. 

Death toll passes 300 in Haiti

The death toll from Hurricane Matthew has now passed 300, according to Haitian officials.  The western town of Roche-a-Bateau was particularly badly hit, with more than 50 people killed.  Senator Herve Fourcand has provided the updated death toll, while other officials have said that the figure is closer to 500.  Thousands of homes across Haiti were destroyed by Matthew earlier this week, which has since headed north towards the US state of Florida.

Presidential elections postponed

On 5 October, the Provisional Electoral Council announced that they have postponed the presidential election that was scheduled for 9 October. They have not given a new date for the election. The Council explained that it was postponed in order to focus on repairing the damages caused by Hurricane Matthew. 

Five killed as Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti

On 4 October, at least five people were killed when Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti bringing gusts of up to 175mph. The storm is both powerful and slow-moving, making it even more dangerous. It resulted in rainfall estimated at 15-25 inches in southwestern Haiti, with more than three feet falling in some mountainous areas. 

Hurricane Matthew makes landfall

Hurricane Matthew has made landfall on the southwest coast of Haiti, bringing strong winds and storm surges that are threatening to devastate towns and villages. The Haitian government are expecting a lot of houses to collapse. Residents have evacuated areas along the coast. 

Tropical Storm Matthew reaches hurricane strength in Caribbean

Tropical Storm Matthew reached hurricane strength on Thursday night with sustained winds of over 100kmp/h.  Matthew is expected to strengthen further before heading north through the Caribbean Sea, threatening Jamaica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas.  At least one death has already been reported as a result of the storm in St Vincent, while there have been power outages in Barbados and Martinique.  Meteorologists are predicting that the storm will hit Jamaica with winds in excess of 160kmp/h on Monday.

Protesters rally against UN in Port-au-Prince

Dozens of people gathered outside the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince on Monday to protest against the United Nations (UN) for their role in the 2010 cholera epidemic.  "We are here so that (interim president) Jocelerme Privert finally takes the victims' side during the UN General Assembly next week," said Mario Joseph, a lawyer representing victims families.  Last month the UN acknowledged that it had a "moral responsibility" towards the victims, with almost 10,000 estimated to have died during the outbreak.

Swedish tourist killed by gunman in Port-au-Prince

A Swedish tourist has been shot dead in a commercial district of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince.  The victim, identified as Johan Noren, was walking with his Swedish girlfriend in the Petionville area of the city when they were attacked.  The pair had missed a bus and were returning to their hotel at the time of the incident.  Police said they have not made any arrests in connection to the attack.

Independent commission confirms fraud in presidential election

An independent electoral commission, formed by interim President Jocelerme Privert, has recommended scrapping the results of the country's first-round presidential election held last October. The decision comes after allegations of fraud during the vote, with the commission's president, Francois Benoit, stating: "the number of votes that could not be traced almost exceeded the number of legitimate votes obtained by politicians.” Since January, the presidential elections have been postponed several times amid violence and civil unrest across the country.

Gunmen attack police station in Haiti

Gunmen wearing green military uniforms attacked a police station in southern Haiti on Monday, killing one officer and wounding two others.  The Haitian National Police said three of the assailants died when their vehicle crashed into a ravine as they tried to flee the scene in Les Cayes.  Around 50 gunmen were involved in the assault, and there have been suggestions that former coup leader Guy Philippe was linked to the incident, although he has denied any role. 

Thousands protest in the streets of Port-au-Prince

Thousands of Haitians gathered in the streets of Port-au-Prince on Monday to protest the delay in the run-off for Haiti's presidential elections. Supporters of the opposition front-runner, Jovenel Moise, gathered near the headquarters of the Provisional Electoral Council in the capital demanding that the run-off be held as soon as possible. The deadline was missed for the fourth time on Sunday following allegations of fraud during the first round in October. The Interim President Jocelerme Privert, who has been nominated to fill the position of former President Michel Martelly, stated that the elections will not take place until next October.

Haiti appoints interim president

Haiti has appointed an interim president, a week after Michel Martelly stepped down and left the country without a head of state.  Jocelerme Privet, head of the National Assembly, was appointed following hours of negotiations on Sunday.  Presidential elections are due to be held on 24 April, with a new president expected to be sworn in on 14 May.

Hundreds protest against transitional government in Port-au-Prince

Hundreds of people joined a protest on Tuesday after the presidential run-off vote was cancelled. The demonstrators took the streets of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, against the transitional government led by President Michel Martelly. Due the uncertainty of a successor, the population fears that Martelly will remain in power. After thirty years of the Duvalier dictatorship, Haiti is still struggling to organise free elections.

Anti-government protests continue in Haiti

Thousands of people joined an anti-government protest in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, on Sunday.  The latest unrest came on the day that the presidential run-off elections were due to take place, before they were put on hold by the election authority indefinitely.  Security forces used tear gas and stun grenades during the latest rally, although there was less violence reported than at earlier protests.

Protests in Haiti ahead of elections

Thousands of people took part in protests in Haiti on Monday ahead of presidential run-off elections.  Rioters set fire to several election offices across the country, while in  Port-au-Prince protesters burned tires and setup roadblocks.  The demonstrations were organised by members of the opposition, who claim that the first round of voting was plagued by fraud.

Violent protests erupt over election results in Haiti

At least two police officers were wounded after violent protests erupted in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince on Tuesday.  One of the officers was reportedly shot by a protester, while the other was hit by rocks.  The violence started when the election council released the results of the first round of last month's presidential election, which saw Jovenel Moise receive 33 percent of the vote, with Jude Celestin on 25 percent.  The protesters, who also held a rally in the western town of Cabaret, were supporters of another candidate, Moise Jean-Charles.  A run-off is scheduled for 27 December.

Haitian police fire tear gas at political protest

Haitian National Police fired tear gas to disperse a group of protesters in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday.  Thousands of people took to the streets to demand an independent investigation into the results of last month's presidential elections.  Two opposition candidates were wounded in the clashes, while a third said he was threatened by police. “The police shot at us point blank,” Senator Steven Benoit said. “There were lots of people and when we got in front of the CEP, they targeted us. It was not an accident.”

Two killed in election violence

At least two people have died in Haiti in violence during the first round of legislative elections.  Haiti's Electoral Council said around 50 voting centres had been affected by either violence or technical problems, while three polling stations in the capital, Port-au-Prince, were forced to close after fights broke out.  The elections have been repeatedly postponed since 2011, causing increasing unrest and instability in the country.

Haitians protest over Dominican Republic deportations

Thousands of protesters have marched in Port-au-Prince over the forced deportations of Haitians from neighbouring Dominican Republic. "We urge the Dominican Republic government to respect the rights of Haitians and their dignity. Also, we ask that they start to support our local products," said Jean Robert Argand from the Collective of December 4 civil society group. The protesters also called on the Haitian government to ban the import of goods from their neighbours.

Former presidential security chief shot dead in capital

The former head of security for former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has been killed in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.  Oriel Jean was shot dead in an apparent ambush in the Delmas district of the city on Monday.  A police spokesman said two men on a motorcycle carried out the attack before fleeing the scene.

Thousands join anti-government protests in Haiti

Around 6,000 people gathered in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, on Saturday to demand lower fuel prices and the ouster of President Michel Martelly.  The protest was the latest outbreak of unrest to hit the country in recent months, with public anger rising over delayed elections and the cost of living.  The government recently lowered fuel prices but the protesters say they are still too high and do not reflect the falling global oil prices.

Parliament dissolved as last-ditch talks fail

Haiti's parliament has been dissolved after last-ditch talks over a new electoral law failed.  President Michel Martelly failed to convince a group of opposition senators to approve a plan to extend parliamentary terms until new elections can be held.  He will continue to rule the country by decree, although the opposition groups said they will continue the protests which have rocked the country in recent months to try and force him to resign.

Further protests as political crisis continues

Haiti has been hit by renewed protests despite President Michel Martelly's attempts to agree a deal with the opposition to defuse the country's political crisis.  One of the main opposition parties, Fanmi Lavalas, were not involved in the talks which were held after months of violent demonstrations.

Violent protests erupt against President Martelly

Hundreds of people have marched through the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, to demand the resignation of President Michel Martelly.  Police used tear gas to disperse the stone-throwing crowd, who are angry at Mr Martelly for not calling long-overdue elections.  On Sunday the country's prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, resigned; however, that has failed to end the political crisis.

Haiti's PM resigns amid election crisis

Haiti's prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, has resigned after violent anti-government protests over delayed elections. "I am leaving the post of prime minister this evening with a feeling of accomplishment," said Mr Lamothe, who has been in office since 2012.  President Michel Martelly will now appoint a new government to oversee the elections, which have been delayed by more than three years.

Clashes reported at anti-government protests

Anti-government protesters have clashed with riot police in the capital, Port-au-Prince.  The demonstrators are calling for President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe to resign and that long-delayed elections be held.  Protesters burned tyres and threw rocks at the police, who responded with tear gas.

Dozens escape from Haiti's Saint Marc jail

Thirty-four inmates awaiting trial have escaped from a prison in the city of Saint Marc, 100km north of the capital Port-au-Prince.  The detainees escaped by sawing through steel bars and crawling through a window.  Police said four of the inmates have been recaptured, while five guards have been arrested on suspicion of assisting them flee.

Protesters rally in capital over delayed elections

A few thousand protesters have gathered in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, to protest against a delay in the country's legislative and municipal elections.  The polls are already three years late and were scheduled for Sunday before they were postponed due to an ongoing stalemate over an electoral law between the government and six opposition senators.  Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said the delays were "embarrassing" for the country and blamed the opposition senators for the stalemate.

UN troops clash with protesters in Port-au-Prince

UN peacekeepers have clashed with protesters in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.  The unrest took place when dozens of supports of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide setup barricades outside his house amid rumours that he would be arrested.  On Wednesday a judge issued an arrest warrant for Mr Aristide after he failed to appear in court on charges of money laundering.

Hundreds freed in Haiti jailbreak

More than 800 prisoners have escaped from a prison in Haiti after it was attacked by an armed gang on Sunday.  At least two prison guards were wounded in the raid at the Croix-des-Bouquets jail, located to the north-east of the capital Port-au-Prince.  A police spokesman said only 10 inmates had been recaptured so far.

Government announces election date in bid to end protests

Haiti's government has announced a date for legislative elections in a bid to end the ongoing political unrest in the country.  On Tuesday protesters clashed with riot police in the capital, Port-au-Prince, the latest in a series of demonstrations in the capital.  The demonstrators calling for the resignation of President Michel Martelly and an end to the US support for the government.  The first round of voting will be held on 26 October, two years after the were due to take place.

Police fire tear gas during anti-government rally

Haitian riot police have fired tear gas during clashes with anti-government protesters in the capital, Port-au-Prince.  Thousands of people took to the streets to demand that President Michel Martelly step down and that new elections be held.  The has been growing unrest in the country in recent months over the cost of living and alleged political corruption.

Violent anti-government protests erupt in Port-au-Prince

Anti-government protesters have clashed with police in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, after thousands rallied to demand the resignation of President Michel Martelly.  Supporters of the president also held separate marches in the city, leading to fighting between the two groups.

Rival protesters clash in Port-au-Prince

Violence erupted at a demonstration on Thursday when supporters of President Michel Martelly attacked a peaceful anti-government protest.  Martelly loyalists fired live rounds and threw rocks at protesters as the rally passed through the Delmas neighbourhood of the capital, Port-au-Prince.  Skirmishes took place for several hours before riot police intervened.

Haiti Data Sheet

9.7 million
Major Religion/s:
International dialing code:
International dialing prefix:
Emergency services:
Police 114, Medical 118, Fire 115
Ohter Major Cities:
Carrefour, Delmas, Petionville
Dominican Republic