Caribbean Report 17-10-1990



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:40)
2. The President of Haiti’s State Council, Louis Roy, warns that the country is heading for another elections bloodbath as long as Roger Lafontant remains free in the country. Roger Lafontante, a former interior minister and alleged leader of the Tonton Macoute, recently formed a new political party and is publicly campaigning, despite an existing warrant for his arrest. Interview with Louis Roy (00:41-04:46)
3. A presidential decree issued in the Dominican Republic to improve working conditions of immigrant Haitians. The decree arose after lobbying from organizations such as the New York-based Lawyer’s Committee for Human Rights. Hugh Crosskill interviews the Director of the Committee, William O’Neil (04:47-07:59)
4. Martinique and Guadeloupe are ready for increased air traffic from Europe after 1992. The countries are currently expanding airports and intend to become major hubs for Europe in the Caribbean. Interview with Martiniquan Jean Crusol, a member of the Paris-based Council for Economic and Social Advisors (08:00-11:20)
5. The legal cost continue to mount in Trinidad as the hearing into a constitutional motion filed by the Jamaat al Muslimeen moved into a third day. Debbie Ransome reports from the San Fernando Court that the lawyers appear to be economically benefiting from the long, drawn-out motion (11:21-13:27)
6. At the West Indian Committee Annual Lecture in London, David Core, Jamaican Foreign Minister, states that the IMP and the World Bank programmes are doing more to hurt Caribbean economies than to help them (13:28-14:55)