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CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending April 26th, 2013

26 Apr

 

PUERTO RICO CONSIDERS LEGALIZING USE OF MARIJUANA—04/20/13
Demonstrators marched through Puerto Rico’s capital of San Juan to support a bill introduced by a former police chief to legalize marijuana for personal use.  Senator Miguel Pereira filed legislation stating that it should be legal for individuals 21 and older to posses up to one ounce of marijuana for their personal use.

WARNER’S RESIGNATION WANTED BY TRINIDAD OPPOSITION—04/21/13
Keith Rowley, the head of Trinidad’s chief opposition party, wants former world soccer vice president Jack Warner to resign. Warner currently serves as a minister of government. Rowley criticized Warner’s status after the ethics and integrity committee of CONCACAF found that Warner had enriched himself through fraud during his term as leader.

PLOT TO KILL LEGISLATOR AND REPORTER DISCOVERD IN HONDURAS—04/22/13
Police in Honduras discovered a plot by drug gangs to murder a lawmaker, and police chief, and a TV reporter. Juan Hernandez, Congress President, said the government is providing bodyguards and armored vehicles to these individuals. He also stated that investigators uncovered the plot while collecting information about a wave of violence that has already killed a number of people, including the top anti-money laundering prosecutor.

HAITI CRITICIZED BY RIGHTS GROUP OVER CAMP EVICTIONS—04/23/13
According to a report from Amnesty International, Haiti is in violation of international human rights obligations. Haiti failed to protect individuals who have been evicted from the impromptu housing settlements that appeared after the earthquake in 2010. The rights group says that thousands of displaced individuals have been forced to leave public spaces and private property. The government has supported condoned the evictions, which are headed by police, mayors, and others, says the report.

CRACKDOWN ON WORK PERMITS IN THE BAHAMAS ANGERS LARGE RESORT—04/24/13
There was renewed criticism of immigration authorities in the Bahamas after a United States citizen who work at the nation’s biggest resort was detained by immigration agents for holding an expired work permit. The worker, who trains sea lions at the Atlantis Resort, was taken away by the agents during an exhibition event for guests. She was released, but the incident caused representatives of the resort to rebuke the authorities.

CANADIAN SHOT AND KILLED IN HAITI AFTER LEAVING BANK—04/26/13
Detectives in Haiti are investigating the shooting death of a Canadian priest as he left a bank in Port-au-Prince. Aladin Jean-Louis, police inspector, said that Richard E. Joyla, 62, had just taken out $1,000 from his bank when he was attacked by two men on a motorcycle who grabbed a bag he was carrying. The passenger on the motorcycle shot the priest three times in the back. Joyla was from Quebec and worked for a Canadian congregation called “Societe de Marie” in the Delmas district of Haiti’s capital.

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