Haitian Leader Enraged With US Human Rights Report

Haitian President Rene Preval is displeased with the U.S. State Department’s human rights report for 2009, which indicated that “corruption remained widespread in all branches and at all levels of government” in Haiti, Reuters reports.

Preval told Reuters the report was “an arbitrary judgment to which we won’t respond.”

The Haitian leader met with U.S. President Barack Obama last week in Washington. He thanked Obama for the aid extended by the U.S. to his quake-ravaged country.

Preval likewise revealed to Reuters about plans on managing the rebuilding funds. He said the government has proposed a governing board for the planned reconstruction fund, which is expected to be finalized in a donor conference March 31.

“This governing board will analyze the projects proposed by the Haitian government and there will be an executive council for the execution of the projects once they have been approved by the governing board, and finally by the president, who has right of veto,” Preval said to Reuters.

The board, according to Preval, will include representatives from the Haitian government and donors but its stint will only last for 18 months. After that, the Haitian government, he added, will oversee the reconstruction fund.

Preval also said his government needs at least USD350 million in budget support. He noted that donors have yet to disburse much of their commitment worth USD375 million in budget assistance for Haiti. Further requirements include USD8 million to prepare for the hurricane season, USD8 million to purchase seeds, and USD68 million to procure fertilizers.

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