Aug 23, 2006
Update: On August 17,former political prisoners Annette Auguste (So Ann),� Georges Honor�,� Yvon Antoine (Zap Zap) and Paul Raymond gave an inspiring press conference in Haiti. Despite all the injustice they had suffered, none of the ex-prisoners spoke with rancor or advocated revenge. They stressed the need for reconciliation, but also for justice, especially freedom for the less well-known political prisoners who remain in jail. Each of them expressed their deep thanks for the supporters of justice throughout the world who worked for their release.
On August 21, theSolidarity Encounter with the Haitian People opened with over 100 participants. We hope to have the Encounter�s resolutions in next week�s alert.
This week�s action: Please read the excellent analysis of current Haitian politics, Voting for Hope: Elections in Haiti. The author, Professor Peter Hallward of the University of Middlesex (UK), wrote one of the best explanations of the February 2004 coup d�etat available in English, Option Zero in Haiti. His latest article, based on conversations with a wide range of people in Haiti in April, provides a common sense explanation of why Haiti�s poor repeatedly vote for Lavalas candidates, and why �everyone else�- the International Community and Haitian elites from across the political spectrum- has so much trouble understanding or accepting this choice. It summarizes the preparations for the coup, the terrors of the Latortue regime, the popular victory in the February elections, and the current outlook.� All in seven pages. It is a great resource to keep handy on your hard drive, or to hand out at Haiti events.
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. To receive Half-Hour for Haiti Action Alerts once per �week, send an email to HalfHour4Haiti@ijdh.org.