Caribbean - Alerts - 2012
The independent news agency Centro de Información Hablemos Press has complained of an increase in repression of its journalists.
Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias recently reported, via Hablemos Press, that Havana was experiencing problems with its water supply.
The National Assembly of Suriname amended an existing amnesty law to give immunity to those who were on trial for the alleged abduction and murder of 15 prominent political opponents, including journalists, lawyers, and a trade union leader, in December 1982.
Almost two years after the first crop of journalists arrived in Spain, the four who remain in the country are living under extremely difficult conditions, struggling even to feed themselves.
Whichever party wins the May election should make the Bahamas a forerunner in the Caribbean by decriminalising defamation, IPI noted.
The ruling by the Inter-American Human Rights Court requires the government of the Dominican Republic to “establish the truth of the events in question” and “punish those responsible” for the forced disappearance 18 years ago of journalist Narciso González Medina.
“The traumas of the past are perpetuated by impunity, which by definition runs counter to the rule of law and the expression of fundamental human rights,” said RSF.
In the 9 March article that apparently prompted his dismissal, Rawle Titus reported that the prime minister had selected the ruling National Democratic Congress’ candidates for the next general elections without bothering to consult with the party’s leaders.
Dissidents said that when they sought to exercise their basic rights to speak up about human rights concerns and hold rallies over the past few weeks, the authorities responded with beatings, detentions, harassment, and other repressive measures.
"We are unpleasantly surprised by this decision as Jaime Flete García’s motive for murdering Normando García seemed to have been established," RSF said.
Margarita Cedeño de Fernández's attorney officially accused journalist Marco Martínez of falsifying documents in order to attack the honour and reputation of the first lady, who is currently running for vice president.
Jean Liphète Nelson and four other people were driving in a Radio Boukman vehicle in Bois Neuf, a part of Cité Soleil, when they came under fire from four heavily armed individuals.
Lawyers representing embattled former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner notified journalist Lasana Liburd that their client planned to sue for libel and defamation over a series of articles linking Warner to missing emergency aid money for Haiti.
According to ACM's information, a team of police officers raided the offices of the "Newsday" newspaper in search of what they described as unlawfully-acquired information which led to a newspaper report on high-level conflict within the country's Integrity Commission.
It was, according to the blogger, the 19th time Cuban officials have turned down her request to leave the island. As in the past, officials gave no reason for the rejection.
The case came as a result of Johnny Alberto Salazar’s recent criticisms of a human rights committee, accusing it of protecting criminals and people linked to organized crime.