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US Embassy in Haiti acknowledges excessive force by UN

US Embassy in Haiti acknowledges excessive force by UN Photos: �2006 Haiti Information Project HIP – Port au Prince, Haiti � In the early morning hours of July 6, 2005 more than 350 UN troops stormed the seaside shantytown of Cite Soleil in a military operation with the stated purpose of halting violence in Haiti. When the shooting stopped seven hours later, more than 26 people, the majority of them unarmed civilians lie dead with scores more wounded. Officially, the UN responded that they only opened fire after being fired upon and discounted non-combatant casualties. Further, the UN claimed that only six people, who they described as “bandits,” had been killed during the military operation. According to documents provided to HIP by a researcher who obtained them under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the U.S. Embassy and various intelligence […]

Half-Hour for Haiti: Support Fair Treatment for Haitians in the U.S.

Jan 24, 2007 Update: Thanks to everyone who wrote to the U.S. Congress about H.R. 351, the TRUTH Act. We don’t have an update on co-sponsors, we hope to have that next week. Coming Attractions: Haiti’s Fondation Trente Septembre, is looking for planned local activities for the International Day in Solidarity with the People of Haiti. For more information, contact Dave Welsh at 510-847-8657, or sub@sonic.net. The Haiti Reborn Program will have a week of activities in its annual Haiti Solidarity Week February 3-10, 2007. Haiti Reborn is also looking for people to coordinate local events, contact Tom Ricker, tomr@quixote.org, (301) 699-0042. This Week’s Action: is from FANM Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. – Haitian Women of Miami (FANM) and the Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition (HAGC), both of which follow Haitian immigration issues carefully, in support of a bill filed last week […]

Haiti Prison Ailment Traced to U.S. Rice

By Jeb Sprague , Haitianalysis Jan 17, 2007 HAITI: Mysterious Prison Ailment Traced to U.S. Rice Jeb Sprague and Eunida Alexandra* NEW YORK, Jan 17 (IPS) – A newly released investigation into the deadly scourge of Beri-beri in Haiti’s National Penitentiary uncovered evidence that the clash between the manufacturing process used in U.S. processed rice and the traditional Haitian rice cooking method has been killing poor young men behind bars and leaving others morbidly ill. By early 2006, firefights brought on by Haitian National Police and United Nations incursions into the capital’s poorest neighborhoods had become commonplace. The raids, deemed “operations” by authorities, and reportedly designed to flush out criminal gangs, often resulted in high civilian causalities. In a recent scientific study in the British medical journal The Lancet, done through random spatial sampling, it was estimated that 8,000 people were killed in […]

In Haiti, UN recovers 2 high-powered weapons taken during attack

The Associated Press January 12, 2007 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Residents of a gang-controlled slum surrendered two high-powered rifles Friday, three weeks after the weapons were removed from a U.N. armored personnel carrier that came under attack. U.N. peacekeepers were driving through the seaside Cite Soleil slum on Dec. 21 when their vehicle broke down. The troops tried to fix it but came under heavy fire from unknown assailants and fled in another armored vehicle. U.N. troops and Haitian police raided the slum the next day in a previously planned operation and killed at least six people. They found the abandoned armored vehicle burned and stripped of its M-50 assault rifle and another large caliber firearm. In a brief hand-over Friday, the 4-foot-long (1.2-meter-long) weapons were loaded onto a pickup truck and taken to a U.N. base under escort by Filipino peacekeepers […]

Half-Hour for Haiti: Write to MINUSTAH re: December 22 Shootings

Update: The new U.S. Congress took office last week, with a mandate to investigate and correct the current Administration�s foreign policy. We expect that several Haiti bills will be introduced soon, perhaps starting the end of this week. We�ve identified 4 main priorities, based on discussions with activists in Haiti and the US and with Congressional staffers, and responses to Haiti JusticeBlog postings. They are: a) Debt relief; b) Immigration Reform; c) the TRUTH Act (investigation of the US role in the 2/29/04 coup d�etat); and d) Depoliticization of US aid to Haiti. We hope get a discussion going on these priorities with a series of articles on the Haiti JusticeBlog, one for each priority. Part I, on debt relief is up, please join the discussion by posting a comment on the blog. We�ll post Part II, on Immigration Reform, […]

Warrant is issued for Haitian Police Chief, Reuters, November 3, 2006

BYLINE: Reuters DATELINE: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Nov. 3 BODY: A judge said Friday that he had ordered a top Haitian police chief arrested on suspicion of conspiring with kidnappers. Judge Napela Saintil said a warrant for the arrest of the chief, Inspector General Michael Lucius, was now in the hands of a prosecutor because he had ignored a summons. Mr. Lucius, barred from leaving Haiti, is in charge of units fighting organized crime and is the lead officer in the fight against kidnapping, drugs and gangs. He has denied accusations of having ties to kidnappers. ”I am ready to appear before a judge, but not Napela Saintil because he is biased against me,” he said. Mr. Lucius has not gone into hiding and travels around Port-au-Prince surrounded by police guards. Haiti’s police force is riddled with corruption and poorly equipped. Several […]

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