Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Half-Hour for Haiti: Urge the UN Security Council To Listen To Haiti’s Silenced Majority

Urgent Action Alert

The United Nations Security Council is sending a mission to Haiti from April 13-16, 2005. This is an excellent opportunity for top decisonmakers to hear the voices of Haiti�s silenced majority, especially women, the poor and victims of human rights violations under the current government.

But the Security Council will not hear from Haiti�s majority unless it hears from us first. The Council�s agenda is already full with meetings with: 1) officials if the unconstitutional Interim Government; 2) groups that called for the overthrow of the elected government a year ago; and 3) officials of foreign governments that supported the overthrow, or officials of programs financed by these governments.

All of these groups have a vested interest in the current illegal regime, and cannot effectively represent the vast majority of Haitians who opposed the February 2004 coup d�etat, and are suffering its consequences . We need to make sure that the Security Council meets directly with poor women, grassroots groups and victims of human rights violations.

We have an opportunity to be heard. On Friday, April 8, the Security Council will meet with Non-Governmental Organizations in New York to prepare for the Mission. We will present the attached sign-on letter, with all signatures that arrive by Thursday night, April 7. To sign, simply email your name and/or the name of your organization, with postal and email addresses, to For more information, see

Brian Concannon Jr.

Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

April 8, 2005

Dear Members of the United Nations Security Council:

We are encouraged by the UN Security Council�s decision to send a mission to Haiti from April 13-16, 2005. The visit will provide the Council an opportunity to assess the situation on the ground in Haiti.

As reflected in the Council�s Terms of Reference, there are deep social divisions in Haiti that require dialogue, reconciliation, and protection of the country�s most vulnerable. We are writing to urge you to take advantage of your presence in Haiti to hear the voices of the country�s disenfranchised, that are seldom heard despite representing a majority of Haiti�s population. Thus, we request that you speak directly to poor women, grassroots groups, victims of human rights violations and supporters of the Fanmi Lavalas political movement, rather than through organizations that claim to represent their interests.

The Commission for Women Victims for Victims (KOFAVIV), a group of poor women victims of violence, and a delegation of victims of human rights violations from Haiti�s grassroots movement have asked Adama Guindo, the UNDP Resident Coordinator, for a meeting with the Council. We urge that you find time to meet with these groups as well as other organizations whose leadership and membership comes from Haiti�s poor majority.

We will follow up with our Haitian colleagues on their meetings with the Council. We hope that the perspectives of these organizations are adequately reflected in the Council’s report on its mission to Haiti.


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