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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 […]

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 […]

Sovereignty and Justice in Haiti, an interview with Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine

Sovereignty and Justice in Haiti An exclusive Haiti Information Project interview with Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine This is the first of a two-part interview by Darren Ell Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine is the coordinator of the Fondasyon Trant Septanm (September 30th Foundation) that works with the victims of the coup d’�tats of 1991 and 2004. As a young man, Pierre-Antoine worked on literacy projects with street children in his hometown of Port de Paix. After moving to Port au Prince and completing his training as a psychologist, he began creating organizations such as: Fondsayon Kore Timoun Yo (Foundation for the Support of Children) for young street children in Port au Prince ; FAM (Foyer pour Adolescentes M�re), a centre for teenage mothers ; and Map Vivre (“I Live”), a program designed to give psychological and medical aid to the victims of the first coup […]

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