Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Half-Hour for Haiti: Count Our Blessings

December 27, 2005

Half-Hour for Haiti : Count Our Blessings

The Holiday Season and the end of the year is a good time to take stock of our efforts over the past year, and to think about how we will make the next 12 months more just and peaceful for the people of Haiti.

At the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), we are grateful for everyone who pitched in to support justice in Haiti during 2005, with our Half Hour for Haiti alerts and with the many alerts issued by other human rights and solidarity organizations. There is much work undone- we will address that in our 2006 action alerts. But we should also recognize that together we have proven the proverb- men anpil, chay pa lou (many hands make the load light). Our collective efforts have induced powerful actors, especially the U.S. and the UN, to take human rights in Haiti more seriously. Haitian officials, including police, judges and the executive branch know we are ready to denounce human rights violations. Grassroots groups on the ground in Haiti know we are there to support them.

A tangible sign of our success is the 21 former political detainees who will be spending the holidays with their friends and family instead of their cellmates. A list is below. Most were represented by the BAI, some were the subjects of action alerts. All were arrested for political reasons, most illegally, and all were eventually released because the Haitian authorities could find no legal reason to hold them.

For many people, year’s end is a time for placing financial support behind their social and political beliefs. Please consider allocating some of this support to the BAI and IJDH. We operate on a shoestring budget, but standing up for political prisoners and helping to keep human rights in Haiti on the world’s radar screen takes time and money. Without the generous support of our contributors, we would not be able to do our work.. Contributions can be made online at www.ijdh.org, or by check to IJDH, Box 745 , Joseph, OR 97846 . IJDH is a charitable organization under section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States, all donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. IJDH provides the BAI with almost all its financial support.

Haitian Political Prisoners Freed, 2005

 

  • Bruno Jean Renald alias « Ti pay », musician.

Arrested 5/6/-4, freed 1/28/05

2. Francois Thrésolus, union activist

Arrested 9/16/04, freed 4/14/05

 

3. Thervilus Edjean, union activist

Arrested 9/16/04, freed 4/14/05

 

4. Carrière Cavona, union activist

Arrested 9/16/04, freed 4/14/05

 

5. Edy Pierre-Louis, union activist

Arrested 9/16/04, freed 4/14/05

 

6. Coulou Bathol, union activist

Arrested 9/16/04, freed 4/14/05

7. Appolon Edrice, union activist

Arrested 9/16/04, freed 4/14/05

8. Mathurin Florian, union activist

Arrested 9/16/04, freed 4/14/05

9. Claudy Jabath, union activist

Arrested 9/16/04, freed 4/14/05

10. Macius Jean Milor, union activist

Arrested 9/16/04, freed 4/14/05

11. Jean Mary Samedi, grassroots activist

Arrested 11/10/04, freed 7/13/05

12. Lesly Gustave, grassroots activist

Arrested 9/30/04, freed 7/29/05

13. Abner Francois, grassroots activist

Arrested 9/30/04, freed 5/5/05

14. Berrette Alexis Hilaire, grassroots activist

Arrested 10/20/04, freed 2/14/05

15. Jean Etienne, grassroots activist

Arrested 4/27/05, freed 9/22/05

16. Hugens Jean Charles, grassroots activist

Arrested 4/15/05, freed 9/22/05

 

17. Edrelle Pierre, grassroots activist

Arrested 1/8/05, freed 9/22/05

 

18. Wilbert Simplice, grassroots activist

Arrested 11/1/05, freed 12/12/05 (but re-arrested the same day as he left the prison).

 

  • Jean Ristil, journalist

Arrested 9/9/05 , freed 9/12/05

 

20. Kevin Pina, journalist

Arrested 9/9/05 , freed 9/12/05

 

  • Jean Louis Carlson, alias “Sason”, grassroots activist, Grande-Ravine

Arrested 11/12/05, freed 11/15/05

For more information about the Half-Hour for Haiti Program, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, or human rights in Haiti, see www.ijdh.org.

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Telephone: (617) 652-0876
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