Saturday 17 August, 2019

CARICOM condemns Trump's 'derogatory' remarks on Haiti, other nations

Totally unacceptable.

That is the view of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on American president Donald Trump’s recent remarks about Haiti and other developing countries.

On Saturday, CARICOM issued a statement saying it is “deeply disturbed by reports about the use of derogatory and repulsive language by the President of the United States in respect of our Member State, Haiti, and other developing countries.”

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CARICOM says it condemns in the strongest terms, the unenlightened views reportedly expressed. 

CARICOM highlighted a specific concern with regard to the treatment and representation of Haiti in the public arena.

It said: “Of additional concern, is this pattern of denigrating Haiti and its citizens in what seems to be a concerted attempt to perpetuate a negative narrative of the country. We are especially saddened that such narrative emerged around the time of the anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake which took so many lives of citizens in that country.”

The Caribbean Community expressed its full support for the dignified statement of the Government of the Republic of Haiti in reaction to this highly offensive reference.

It said “It should be recalled that Haiti is the second democracy in the Western Hemisphere after the United States and that Haitians continue to contribute significantly in many spheres to the global community and particularly to the United States of America.”

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