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  • 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 comes into effect on 16 October.

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.

Alerts for Haiti

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

Population:
9.7 million
Major Religion/s:
Christianity
International dialing code:
+509
International dialing prefix:
00
Emergency services:
Police 114, Medical 118, Fire 115
Drives:
Right
Voltage:
110V
Climate:
Tropical
Ohter Major Cities:
Carrefour, Delmas, Petionville
Borders:
Dominican Republic