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UN Occupation of Haiti Intensifies

  By G. Dunkel Feb 2, 2007 Ever since the coup-kidnapping of the popular president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, on Feb. 29, 2004, this Caribbean country has been occupied. First it was troops from the United States, France and Canada. Then a U.N.-sanctioned and commanded force, mainly from Latin America and called Minustah, took over and provided a cover for this imperialist intervention. Minustah stands for the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti, but its intervention has meant “death, terror and lawlessness for the people of Haiti,” as a statement from Fanmi Lavalas, Aristide’s political party, puts it. Even the U.S. State Department, in documents recently obtained by the Haiti Information Project (HIP) about a U.N. raid in Cit� Soleil in July 2005, admits that the U.N. troops used “excessive force,” which is like a butcher calling a slaughterhouse worker bloody. […]

Accusations of UN cover-up in Haiti

By Haiti Information Project Feb 2 , 2007 HIP – UN Special Envoy to Haiti, Edmond Mulet, held a roundtable discussion at the Center for International and Strategic Studies (CSIS) in Washington this past Wednesday. The CSIS event capped off what amounted to a whirlwind week long propaganda tour by Mulet where he has sought to mitigate reports of UN forces killing unarmed civilians in recent raids against gangs in the Port-au-Prince shanty town of Cite Soleil. In response to questions about the huge amount of firepower used by UN forces in recent raids and the growing number of accounts of unarmed civilians felled by UN bullets, Mulet made an extraordinary claim. He stated, “[This past Jan. 24]…we were under attack for over an hour and they [gangs in Cite Soleil] shot more than 20,000 rounds at us – 20,000 […]

UN terror kills Haiti’s children at night

UN terror kills Haiti’s children at night Protestors reportedly hurled insults at the UN forces and shouted “Down with Preval” – an apparent reference to Haiti’s president who is said to have sanctioned the raids. The spontaneous protest was broke up by UN forces who first used tear gas to disperse them and then began firing guns towards the crowd. A spontaneous demonstration errupts in Cite Soleil on February 2, 2007 after word that UN forces killed seven year-old Stephanie Lubin and four year-old Alexandra Lubin. Their parents were wounded by indiscriminate UN gunfire as they slept in their home. The parents of nine year-old Boadley Bewence Germain react after his death from UN gunfire on Jan. 20, 2007. Nine year-old Boadley Bewence Germain died in a hospital bed after having been shot in the head by United Nations forces […]

Situation of Human Rights in Haiti (UN)

From the United Nations General Assembly Implementation of General Assembly Resolution 60/251 of 15 March 2006 Entitled “Human Rights Council” By the Independent Expert Louis Joinet 07-Report-of-UN-Indep.-Expert

Jean-Juste impatient to return to Haiti

By Tania Valdemoro, Miami Herald Jan. 28, 2007 HAITIAN COMMUNITY Jean-Juste impatient to return to Haiti The Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste — powerful Haitian activist and former political prisoner — longs to minister again in Haiti, but he is thwarted by political backlash and his own fragile health. Watching the Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste relax on a folding chair at the storefront office of Veye Yo, a political group he founded in Little Haiti, it is hard to tell the priest was wracked by leukemia.Two months after finishing chemotherapy, his sallow complexion has cleared. He has gained weight. And he no longer uses a cane to walk. ”I’m very patient. I think my health will get better with time,” said Jean-Juste, who led a decades-long fight in South Florida to legalize Haitians in the United States. Leukemia was Jean-Juste’s ticket out of […]

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 […]

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