Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Half-Hour for Haiti: Haitian Press Agency (AHP)

Feb 7, 2006

Today is Election Day in Haiti.� From all accounts the population turned out in great numbers to vote, and encountered great obstacles: names missing from electoral lists, no ballots at some voting centers, long lines, etc.� We do not yet have enough information for an action alert on the elections, we will keep you posted (for IJDH�s pre-election analysis, see Haiti: Election Day and Beyond). On Thursday, February 2, IJDH, the BAI, TransAfrica Forum and Yale Law School filed a petition before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against the Interim Haitian Government, the U.S. and the Dominican Republic, on behalf of Haitian citizens whose democratic rights were violated by the February 2004 coup d�etat. We also continue to work on political prisoner cases. We wrote a memorandum documenting several political prisoner cases, and will launch several individual campaigns in the coming weeks.

Regardless of the outcome of today�s elections, Haiti will need a strong, independent press, and solidarity activists will need credible information. The Association Ha�tienne de Presse, has been providing independent news in Haiti through its affiliate Radio Solidarit, and throughout the world on its website (in French and English) www.ahphaiti.org.� AHP is a concise, reliable source of daily news on Haiti, with a focus on human rights and the pro-democracy movement. AHP�s English news summaries are brief- a day�s worth usually takes 5 minutes or less to read- and give you the news straight from Haitian reporters on the ground.� You can have the summaries delivered to your computer each day for free by emailing a request to mlhaiti@cornernet.com.

AHP was founded in 1989. Its director, Georges Venel Remarais, was the Information Director of the Catholic radio station, Radio Soleil, a focal point for organizing against the Duvalier dictatorship.�� Remarais ran Haiti’s only Creole newspaper, Libete, from 1990-1994.�� AHP was one of the few media outlets that kept reporting on the human rights violations of the 1991-1994 de facto dictatorship.� Currently AHP provides the most accurate and most courageous daily reporting on the interim government�s human rights record.

AHP and Solidarit have paid a price for maintaining journalistic standards�: their reporters have been theatened, attacked and even kidnapped, the interim government has tried to force Solidaritto change its frequency.� Businesses that supported the 2004 coup d�etat pulled their advertising.� For that reason, AHP and Radio Solidarit need financial support to enable them to continue to bring news about events in Haiti to the Haitian people and an international audience.� Although AHP does not charge for its news summaries, it does request people who believe in its work to provide whatever support they can.

This week�s action: visit www.ahphaiti.org, see AHP�s courageous work.� AHP�s request for support is below, consider helping out how you can:

AHP continues to rely on your generous�support for a great portion of �its operating resources during these extremely difficult times. You may now make tax-deductible contributions through the Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas (MITF). Please see the note at the end of this edition for details on how to keep AHP’s service alive. Heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed; the team in Haiti is extremely grateful for all your help!

AHP and its sister operation, Radio Solidarit�, greatly need your financial support to enable them to continue to bring news about events in Haiti to the Haitian people and an international audience, in a manner not available elsewhere.

We are very pleased that your contributions sent through the Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas are tax deductible.

Please make your checks out to:
MITF/Friends of AHP
and send them to:
Friends of AHP
P.O. Box 370
Osceola, WI 54020

Checks (not tax deductable) made out to AHP/Radio Solidarite and sent to:
Friends of AHP
PO Box 370
Osceola, WI 54020

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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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