Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Half-Hour for Haiti: Support Women Victims of Political Persecution

March 8, 2007 Update: Sorry we missed last week�s alert. I was running around Haiti, meeting with activists in Haiti and participating in the Commemoration of the third anniversary of the February 29 Coup d’etat, which included a demonstration that started at the U.S. Embassy and ended at the National Palace. There was a follow-up demonstration yesterday at the French Embassy. Good news in the case against Carl Dorelien, a Colonel on the High Command in charge of personnel during the 1991-1994 de facto dictatorship, and Florida Lottery Megabucks winner. On February 23, a jury in Miami ordered Dorelien to pay $3.2 million to two victims of the de facto regime, labor leader Lexiuste Cajuste, who was brutally tortured in October 1993, and the family of Michel Pierre, who was killed during the April 1994 Raboteau Massacre. �For details click […]

Poor Residents of Capitol Describe UN State of Siege

HAITI: Poor Residents of Capital Describe a State of Siege By Wadner Pierre and Jeb Sprague Funeral for victims of MINUSTAH assault in the Bois Neuf district of Cit�-Soleil, January 2007. Credit:Wadner Pierre PORT-AU-PRINCE, Feb 28 (IPS) – Nearly two months since U.N. troops began launching heavy attacks that they say are aimed against gang members in poor neighbourhoods of Port-au-Prince, roadblocks and barbed wire remain in place and the atmosphere is grim. Mercius Lubin of the Boston district of Cit� Soleil told IPS that an assault earlier this month left his only two children dead. “It is the noise of MINUSTAH’s (the U.N. peacekeeping force) fire that awoke us.” It was about 11 p.m. on Feb. 1, he said, and the family was sleeping on the floor because U.N. soldiers had advised everyone in the area to do so. […]

Ex-Haitian Officer Liable for Torture

By Alfonso Chardy, Miami Herald Feb 24, 2007 A Miami federal jury awarded two plaintiffs $4.3 million in a case against a former Haitian military officer accused of human rights violations in the 1990s. A Miami federal jury decided Friday that former Haitian army Col. Carl Dorelien — who once won $3.2 million in the Florida Lottery — is financially liable for the 1993 torture of a former Port-au-Prince labor leader and the 1994 death of a Haitian resident during a neighborhood massacre. After deliberating for two hours and 15 minutes, the four women and two men jurors awarded $4.3 million to the plaintiffs — $2.5 million to former labor leader Lexiuste Cajuste and $1.8 million to Marie Jeanne Jean, the widow of Raboteau massacre victim Michel Pierre. The verdict came at the end of a four-day civil trial stemming […]

Haitian Colonel Ordered to Pay $4.3 Million for Human Rights Abuses

Feb 23, 2007 (Miami, Florida, February 23, 2007).� A federal jury in Miami found Colonel Carl Dor�lien, a former member of the Haitian Military�s High Command, liable for torture, extrajudicial killing, arbitrary detention and crimes against humanity suffered by plaintiffs Lexiuste Cajuste, Marie Jeanne Jean and her two young children.� Colonel Dor�lien was ordered to pay a total of $4.3 million to the plaintiffs in compensatory and punitive damages. Lexiuste Cajuste was arbitrarily detained and severely tortured by Haitian military forces under Dorelien�s command because of his role as a union organizer and pro-democracy activist.� Miraculously, he survived the beatings but, fourteen years after the ordeal, still suffers severe physical disabilities relating to his torture.� Upon learning of the jury�s verdict in his favor Cajuste stated, �Today I have finally found justice, but I am only one person amongst an […]

Let Haiti Live

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Half-Hour for Haiti: Read Interview With President Aristide

February 22, 2007 Update: Both BAI and IJDH are in Miami for the trial of former member of the Haitian High Command, Colonel Carl Dorelien (click here for more on that case). So this alert will be a quick one. Correction: last week I understated the final tally for the February 7 International Day of Solidarity With the Haitian People: it was 63 events- see City-by-City Report. MINUSTAH, the UN Mission in Haiti, was renewed on February 15, for eight months. Coming Attractions: Folksinger, grassroots activist and folk singer �So Ann� (Annette Auguste) will sing and talk about resistance and solidarity inOakland on March 10 , and Los Angeles on Los Angeles on March 8, 2007 . This Week�s Action: The third anniversary of the February 29, 2004 coup d�etat in Haiti is next week. A good way to commemorate […]

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