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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 […]

Interview with Ben Dupuy, General Secretary of the Parti Populaire National (PPN)

Interview with Ben Dupuy, General Secretary of the Parti Populaire National (PPN) The following is an extract of an interview with the Secretary General of the Parti Populaire National (PPN) Ben Dupuy. The interview was conducted by Peter Hallward, a philosophy teacher at Middlesex University in England. Hallward who also interviewed President Jean Bertrand Aristide in Pretoria, South Africa in July 2006 is finishing his next book – Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment. The book aims to be an examination of recent Haitian politics and will come out from the London-based publisher Verso this summer. During the next few weeks Ha�ti Progr�s will publish the French translation of President Aristide�s interview with Peter Hallward. Interview with Ben Dupuy, 16 February 2007. ( By Peter Hallward ). DRAFT EXTRACTS �With friends like the US�, Ben Dupuy […]

The Rules of Imperial Management

UN Peacekeeping Paramilitarism The Rules of Imperial Management By STEPHEN LENDMAN The world community calls them “Blue Helmets” or “peacekeepers,” and the UN defines their mission as “a way to help countries torn by conflict create conditions for sustainable peace” by implementing and monitoring post-conflict peace processes former combatants have agreed to under provisions of the UN Charter. The Charter empowers the Security Council to take collective action to maintain international peace and security that includes authorizing peacekeeping operations provided a host country agrees to have them under Rules of Engagement developed and approved by all parties. At that point, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations enlists member nations to provide force contingents to be deployed once the Security Council gives final approval. Once in place, Blue Helmets are supposed to help in various ways including monitoring the withdrawal of […]

Miami Murder Trial For Haitian Colonel To Start on February 20

For Immediate Release February 15, 2007 Contact: Moira Feeney, Esq., mfeeney@cja.org, (415) 544-0444 x302 Pamela Merchant, Executive Director, pmerchant@cja.org, (415) 544-0444 x307 Susan M. Bass, Marketing Communications Manager for Holland & Knight, LLP, susan.bass@hklaw.com, (813) 769-4326 TRIAL TO BEGIN IN MIAMI AGAINST FORMER HAITIAN COLONEL FOR TORTURE, EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLING What: The trial against former Haitian Colonel Carl Dor�lien for torture and extrajudicial killing is scheduled to begin on February 20, 2007 in Miami. The underlying lawsuit was filed by the Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA) on behalf of two survivors of human rights abuses. These courageous individuals have come forward against Colonel Dor�lien to bring to light the atrocities that they and thousands of others suffered at the hands of the Haitian Armed Forces and death squads. CJA is joined by co-counsel from the firm of Holland & Knight. […]

The UNspoken truth about gangs in Haiti

The UNspoken truth about gangs in Haiti Editorial by Kevin Pina Recent military operations by the United Nations in Cite Soleil expose an underlying strategy based on a set of false assumptions set in motion by Bush administration policy makers through the U.S. Embassy in Haiti. The argument for this strategy goes like this: � Aristide cultivated and armed networks of gangs to harass his opposition and maintain his power These are the remnants of the same gangs controlling Haiti’s largest slum and they continue to receive support from Aristide These gangs are behind the large demonstrations that continue to show support for Aristide and his Lavalas movement If you remove the gangs, the demonstrations will cease The Brazilian generals, who are leading the U.N. military campaign in Haiti, have combined this strategy with tactics they developed to cope with […]

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