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CARICOM condemns Trump's 'shithole' remarks on Haiti, Africa

Featured CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin Larocque CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin Larocque
The Caribbean Community Secretariat- CARICOM - has condemned "the derogatory and repulsive language by the President of the United States in his reference to Haiti and other developing countries," calling his views unenlightened and offensive.

In a strongly worded statement this morinig,  the CARICOM Secretariat said it was concerned that "that this pattern of denigrating Haiti and its citizens seemed to be a concerted attempt to perpetuate a negative narrative of the country."

The regional organization concluded that it "views this insult to the character of the countries named and their citizens as totally unacceptable."

The following is the full test of the CARICOM statement:

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) 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. CARICOM condemns in the strongest terms, the unenlightened views reportedly expressed.
 
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 expresses its full support for the dignified statement of the Government of the Republic of Haiti in reaction to this highly offensive reference. 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.
 
CARICOM therefore views this insult to the character of the countries named and their citizens as totally unacceptable.

Last modified onSunday, 14 January 2018 07:24
  • Countries: CARICOM

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