Haiti at diplomatic war with Dominican Republic, others

Written by By Staff Writer, CNN Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina said Thursday that the Bahamas had suspended Haiti’s ambassador in that country, Fayeck Marel, as the latest in a series of diplomatic bans…

Haiti at diplomatic war with Dominican Republic, others

Written by By Staff Writer, CNN

Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina said Thursday that the Bahamas had suspended Haiti’s ambassador in that country, Fayeck Marel, as the latest in a series of diplomatic bans imposed by neighbouring nations.

“President Mary McAleese has declared that Fayeck Marel, the Ambassador of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, has been ordered to cease and desist in his professional duties, and that he is to leave Haiti,” Medina said.

The move follows similarly severe penalties taken by the Bahamas and Dominican Republic against Haiti. In December, the government of Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie expelled the Haitian ambassador and canceled all flights originating from Haiti.

“Recent activities taken by the Haitian government, especially the actions against Jamaican citizens as well as the passing of the law criminalizing homosexuality in Haiti, could not be seen as consistent with the cordial relations between our countries,” Christie said in a statement.

Earlier in the month, the Dominican Republic’s government barred the country’s ambassador in the Dominican Republic from returning to Haiti, accusing Haiti of wanting to exert undue pressure to change a controversial new law banning transgender people from using the women’s locker rooms and changing facilities.

Similar action was taken against Haiti’s ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

‘A deplorable occurrence’

Though also in December, Medina dismissed the “embarrassing” international moves against Haiti.

“As we have said time and time again, Haiti does not want to be a place where we feel it is necessary to resort to force and undemocratic measures in order to seek justice,” the Dominican leader said.

In response to the latest sanctions, which were confirmed by Haitian government sources, Haiti’s Senate president, Berthieu Bonner, said the measures are “illegal, unjustified and deplorable.”

Bonner urged Prime Minister Jocelerme Privert to step down over the chaos created.

“There is no place for behavior and actions of this kind in our country, and it is worse considering that it is sanctioned by the prime minister, the ambassador and the diplomatic corps. No one should be exempted of state responsibility, and no matter how long it lasts, there will not be immunity or impunity for those responsible,” Bonner said.

‘Not sustainable’

“We believe the situation is not sustainable in our national and foreign policies,” the statement said.

The Caribbean nation has been under international pressure to uphold international treaties, but almost every year for the past 20 years, some foreign governments have suspended relations with the country.

In 1996, after Haiti was declared a country at peace, 10 European Union countries and a number of north African nations suspended ties with the small island nation. The bloc called the suspension “appropriate and sufficient.”

In 2014, the Dominican Republic announced the suspension of relations with Haiti, prompting the then-Ambassador to his native country to go on the record with The Thomson Reuters Foundation calling for Privert to step down.

Last year the world’s largest religious organization, the Roman Catholic Church, reportedly suspended relationships with Haiti, including education programs funded by several U.S. charities and churches.

The Archdiocese of New York and Boston churches were also reportedly affected, as were the offices of Catholic Relief Services in Central America and the Caribbean.

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