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Jurors hear details of torture case

By Alfonso Chardy, Miami HeraldFeb. 20, 2007 � � Lexiuste Cajuste, once a top labor union leader in Haiti, described in detail to a Miami jury Tuesday how military-overseen police officers in Port-au-Prince tortured him in 1993.Officers, he said, forced him under the open frame of an iron bed, his back and buttocks exposed. Then, he added, officers took turns stomping on his back with their boots and beating his buttocks with wooden clubs — until he lost consciousness.”I felt a lot of pain, and I felt I was going to die,” Cajuste said in Creole, as an interpreter translated his words into English for the jury of four women and two men. Cajuste’s testimony came on the first day of a civil trial for unspecified compensatory and punitive damages against former Haitian army Col. Carl Dorelien, a former high-ranking […]

The Rules of Imperial Management

UN Peacekeeping Paramilitarism The Rules of Imperial Management By STEPHEN LENDMAN The world community calls them “Blue Helmets” or “peacekeepers,” and the UN defines their mission as “a way to help countries torn by conflict create conditions for sustainable peace” by implementing and monitoring post-conflict peace processes former combatants have agreed to under provisions of the UN Charter. The Charter empowers the Security Council to take collective action to maintain international peace and security that includes authorizing peacekeeping operations provided a host country agrees to have them under Rules of Engagement developed and approved by all parties. At that point, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations enlists member nations to provide force contingents to be deployed once the Security Council gives final approval. Once in place, Blue Helmets are supposed to help in various ways including monitoring the withdrawal of […]

Miami Murder Trial For Haitian Colonel To Start on February 20

For Immediate Release February 15, 2007 Contact: Moira Feeney, Esq., mfeeney@cja.org, (415) 544-0444 x302 Pamela Merchant, Executive Director, pmerchant@cja.org, (415) 544-0444 x307 Susan M. Bass, Marketing Communications Manager for Holland & Knight, LLP, susan.bass@hklaw.com, (813) 769-4326 TRIAL TO BEGIN IN MIAMI AGAINST FORMER HAITIAN COLONEL FOR TORTURE, EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLING What: The trial against former Haitian Colonel Carl Dor�lien for torture and extrajudicial killing is scheduled to begin on February 20, 2007 in Miami. The underlying lawsuit was filed by the Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA) on behalf of two survivors of human rights abuses. These courageous individuals have come forward against Colonel Dor�lien to bring to light the atrocities that they and thousands of others suffered at the hands of the Haitian Armed Forces and death squads. CJA is joined by co-counsel from the firm of Holland & Knight. […]

The UNspoken truth about gangs in Haiti

The UNspoken truth about gangs in Haiti Editorial by Kevin Pina Recent military operations by the United Nations in Cite Soleil expose an underlying strategy based on a set of false assumptions set in motion by Bush administration policy makers through the U.S. Embassy in Haiti. The argument for this strategy goes like this: � Aristide cultivated and armed networks of gangs to harass his opposition and maintain his power These are the remnants of the same gangs controlling Haiti’s largest slum and they continue to receive support from Aristide These gangs are behind the large demonstrations that continue to show support for Aristide and his Lavalas movement If you remove the gangs, the demonstrations will cease The Brazilian generals, who are leading the U.N. military campaign in Haiti, have combined this strategy with tactics they developed to cope with […]

Half-Hour for Haiti: Tell The Times to Tell the Whole Story

February 14, 2007 Update: Thanks to everyone who helped make last week�s International Day of Solidarity With the Haitian People such a great success. The final tally was 53 events on five continents. For highlights and photos, click here. Some bad news on the political prisoner front: in December, the Port-au-Prince court of appeals heard the appeal on the case of Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste, currently on pre-trial release for medical treatment in Florida. Although the charges against Fr. Jean-Juste are baseless, and the prosecutor at the appeals court recommended that they be dismissed, last week the court decided it needed another hearing, with Fr. Jean-Juste present, in March. Some good news from New York: on February 8, Emmanuel Constant, the former head of Haiti’s FRAPH death squad (1993-1994) plead guilty to bank fraud in New York. Mr. Constant was convicted […]

Fr. Jean-Juste Honored in North Miami

Posted on Sun, Feb. 11, 2007 NORTH MIAMI Haiti’s local roots recognized A South Florida priest turned Haitian political figure was touched to see the gratitude of people he had helped in North Miami, as the city honored him and other Haitian-American pioneers. BY TIM HENDERSON thenderson@MiamiHerald.comWhen they arrived, few in South Florida knew anything about their homeland. Post office clerks sometimes asked if they had misspelled ”Tahiti” on their letters home.Today they’re considered pioneers of what’s now Little Haiti, and many now have roots in North Miami as well. The city honored many of them in recent weeks, including a suspended priest named Gerard Jean-Juste, once considered a leading candidate for president of the island nation. Like many of Little Haiti’s pioneers from the mid-1960s, Jean-Juste helped the thousands who fled later, helping them adjust and demanding social justice […]

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