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Author of study on Haiti cleared of bias by journal

By Marina Jimenez, Friday’s Globe and Mail  Feb 9, 2007 The Lancet, a prestigious British medical journal, has cleared the author of a study on Haiti of systemic bias, and reaffirmed the findings of her report. Athena Kolbe’s report concluded that widespread human-rights violations in Haiti have occurred, despite the presence of a Canadian-led United Nations police force and Brazilian-led peacekeeping mission. The Lancet investigation was launched after a British-based Haiti Support Group complained she wasn’t objective. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, noted that Ms. Kolbe had an “undeclared conflict of interest” for failing to disclose to its readers that she had worked as a volunteer in 1995 at an orphanage founded by former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and as a journalist under the name of Lyn Duff. However, Mr. Horton said there was no evidence of bias in the […]

International Day of Solidarity: Protest in Haiti

Associated Press February 8, 2007  Hundreds of supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide protested outside the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in Port au Prince on Wednesday. They were demanding the exiled leader’s return and blaming blue-helmeted troops of killing civilians. Protesters shouted “down with the UN” as they gathered at the headquarter. “If you look at what is happening in Cite de Soleil, it is a disaster. We did not imagine the United Nations would be causing the violence in Cite Soleil,” protester Walqing Desire said. “We are calling upon the government to stop the violence in Cite Soleil. We are calling upon the government for the return of Jean-Bertrand Aristide and to tell the UN to stop killing the people in Cite Soleil,” he added. Aristide, a former priest turned president, fled the Caribbean nation in February 2004 […]

Former Haitian Strongman Pleads Guilty in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Department of Law 120 Broadway New York, NY 10271 Department of Law The State Capitol Albany, NY 12224 � For More Information: 212-416-8060 For Immediate Release February 08, 2007 � FORMER HAITIAN STRONGMAN PLEADS GUILTY IN MASSIVE MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME Emmanuel Constant, a participant in mortgage fraud scheme, had previously run a Haitian paramilitary organization in 1990s linked to torture, extrajudicial killings, and crimes against humanity NEW YORK, NY (February 8, 2007) � Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Emmanuel Constant, 49, pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree in Kings County Supreme Court for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme. Sentencing has been scheduled for April 16, 2007. This is the latest result of a continuing investigation by the Attorney General�s Organized Crime Task Force (�OCTF�) into mortgage fraud conspiracies that have distorted residential […]

Half-Hour for Haiti: Join The Biggest Haiti Solidarity Event Yet!

February 6, 2007 Update: Some sad news- political prisoner Wantales Lormejuste died Saturday on the way from the prison to the hospital in St. Marc. Mr. Lormejuste’s family reported that he had not appeared ill. One cause of his death was injustice: Mr. Lormejuste had spent 593 days in prison on the La Scierie case, even through the appeals prosecutor concluded last June that there was not enough evidence to go to trial. The appeals court has refused to decide his case, sixteen months after he filed his appeal, or even to rule on his request for pre-trial release. Two other defendants in the La Scierie case, Ronald Dauphin and former Parliamentarian Amanus Mayette, are ill. The British Medical Journal The Lancet has finally confirmed the findings of the study it published August 31, 2006, Human Rights and Other Criminal […]

Lancet Confirms Haiti Mortality Study Findings

2007 Elsevier Ltd All Rights Reserved The Lancet Get text with graphics February 3, 2007 – February 9, 2007 SECTION: Pg. 355 Vol. 369 No. 9559 ISSN: 0140-6736 LENGTH: 494 words HEADLINE: Clarification: Human rights abuse and other criminal violations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti BYLINE: Richard Horton a; William Summerskill a BODY: Human rights abuse and other criminal violations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti: a random survey of households was published online on Aug 31, 2006, and in print on Sept 2, 2006.1 Within days, The Lancet was informed that co-author Athena Kolbe had previously written about Haiti as a journalist under the name of Lyn Duff. Because Kolbe had worked as a volunteer at an orphanage in Haiti founded by President Aristide and had written sympathetically about Aristide after he was deposed,2 concerns were expressed about the paper’s findings. In response to […]

Civilians Caught in Crossfire During Port-au-Prince Raids

By Andrew Buncombe in Washington February  2, 2007 The head of the UN mission to Haiti has publicly acknowledged international peacekeepers carrying out anti-kidnapping raids into the poorest parts of the city have to do more to avoid civilian casualties. His comments come after a series of raids in the capital, Port-au-Prince, in which witnesses said a number of innocent bystanders were either killed or wounded by peacekeepers. “We have to improve, we have to be all the time learning from this,” said Ambassador Edmond Mulet, head of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (Minustah). “We have learned lessons every time we have [had] these actions.” Mr Mulet made his comments to The Independent following a presentation in Washington in which the envoy outlined some of the multitude of problems facing Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere […]

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