Peaceful protestors commemorating the 1991 coup anniversary were attacked by Haitian police on September 30th. Congresswoman Waters wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry expressing concern about this and further violence in Haiti. In the letter, she urged Kerry to encourage the Haitian government to respect its people’s human rights.
Congresswoman Waters Urges State Department to Support the Rights of Peaceful Demonstrators in Haiti
US Congresswoman Maxine Waters
October 2, 2014
Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, expressing concern about the potential for political instability and violence in Haiti. The letter urges him to use his influence to encourage the Government of Haiti to respect the rights of Haitian citizens to peaceably assemble and express their political opinions free from government intimidation. Copies of the letter were sent to Thomas C. Adams, Haiti Special Coordinator, and Ambassador Pamela A. White, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti.
The text of the letter follows:
I am extremely concerned about the potential for political instability and violence in Haiti.
It has been reported that Haitian police used water hoses and tear gas against thousands of Haitian demonstrators, who were attempting to march towards the home of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on September 30th as part of commemorations of the anniversary of the 1991 coup d’état. These confrontational tactics were used despite reports that the demonstrators were peaceful. It has also been reported that police blocked the route along which the demonstrators had planned to march.
I strongly urge you to use your influence and the diplomatic resources available to the United States to encourage the Government of Haiti to respect the rights of Haitian citizens to peaceably assemble and express their political opinions free from government intimidation.
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