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Half-Hour for Haiti: Celebrate, then Laugh

April 26, 2007 Update: Last night was Amanus Maette�s one-thousand-one-hundred-thirty-second night in prison- 3 years, one month and one week since his arrest on March 19, 2004.� Tonight he is home with his wife and daughter. On Tuesday, the trial court of St. Marc ordered the pre-trial release of Mr. Maette, a former Parliamentarian, and Hora Jean Baptiste (in jail since August 2005).� After a few technical glitches, the release orders were executed today. Click here for a photo essay on the release by Wadner Pierre. Mario Joseph, the lawyer for Mr. Maette and Mr. Jean-Baptiste, asked me to thank everyone who wrote on behalf of the political prisoners last week, or responded to the many alerts we have issued in this case (see Fighting for the Rule of Law in Haiti, an interview with Mario). Mario notes that he […]

Fighting for the Rule of Law in Haiti- Interview With Mario Joseph

Fighting for the Rule of Law in Haiti An exclusive Haiti Information Project interview with Haiti’s leading human rights lawyer, Mario Joseph by Darren Ell Mario Joseph became a human rights lawyer in the wake of Haiti’s 1991 coup d’�tat, helping victims prepare their cases and articulate their demands at a time when human rights law was not even taught in law school. In 1995, he joined the Bureau des avocats internationaux (BAI) which seeks to defend the poorest members of Haitian society. He is outraged by the hypocrisy of the Canadian, American and French Governments who were behind the 2004 coup d’�tat; but he is determined to bring to justice all those who attempted to destroy Haiti’s young democracy and who continue to violate the rule of law today. He spoke to Darren Ell from the offices of the […]

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Encouraged by Efforts to Improve Human Rights Situation in Haiti

IACHR encouraged by efforts to improve human rights situation in Haiti Published on April 21, 2007 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has concluded a visit to the Republic of Haiti at the invitation of the government of that country. This visit took place between April 16 and 20, 2007. The delegation was led by Rapporteur for Haiti, Sir Clare K. Roberts, Commissioner, accompanied by staff members of the Executive Secretariat. The aim of the Commission�s visit was to obtain general information concerning the human rights situation in Haiti, and in particular, to conduct follow-up observations on the issue of administration of justice in Haiti since the Commission published its report on the issue in March 2006, Haiti: Failed Justice or the Rule of Law? Challenges Ahead for Haiti and the International Community, and further to conduct […]

Half-Hour for Haiti: Celebrate, then Write

April 19, 2007 Update: Thanks to everyone who wrote and called last week in support of Temporary Protective Status for Haitians in the U.S. Six more legislators have signed on as co-sponsors in the last week, for a total of 30, a small victory. So far no changes in the status of the 101 refugees who made it to shore, or their supporters who are engaged in a hunger strike (for more, see our Haitian Refugees Land in Florida section). We had a bigger victory on the political prisoner front. After 11 months, the Gonaives Appeals Court released its decision in the La Scierie case last Friday. The Court dismissed the charges against five defendants, including former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune and former Minister of the Interior Jocelerme Privert. The five were all government employees at the time of the […]

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