In Haiti, those who stand up for the marginalized are often harassed and become victims themselves. This article features an interview with one such human rights defender, who has been threatened and harassed for his work on housing rights. In the interview, he chronicles many recent cases of human rights defenders being threatened, arrested, or even killed for their work. The more we speak out about these cases, the more we can prevent.
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The Attack on Human Rights Defenders in Haiti
An Interview with Jackson Doliscar, Part II
Beverly Bell, Other Worlds
January 28, 2015
Community organizer and rights defender Jackson Doliscar speaks to efforts of the Haitian government to silence advocates of human rights and land and housing rights, (See part I of Doliscar’s interview.) The attacks are part of the government’s strategy to leave opposition movements defenseless.
The cases that Doliscar discusses here are only a few of the many instances of violence and illegal imprisonment that the government of Michel Martelly has perpetrated since taking power in a fraudulent election three years ago. Other cases even include the public assassination of the coordinator of the Coalition of Haitian Human Rights Organizations (POHDH by its Creole acronym), Daniel Dorsainvil, and his wife, Girldy Larêche, on February 8, 2014.
The Martelly Administration is becoming increasingly autocratic, including disregarding elections and instead ruling by decree. Nevertheless, the US government continues to provide political and financial support, even including assistance to the lawless police.
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