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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 […]

Half-Hour for Haiti: Support Fair Treatment for Haitians in the U.S.

Jan 24, 2007 Update: Thanks to everyone who wrote to the U.S. Congress about H.R. 351, the TRUTH Act. We don’t have an update on co-sponsors, we hope to have that next week. Coming Attractions: Haiti’s Fondation Trente Septembre, is looking for planned local activities for the International Day in Solidarity with the People of Haiti. For more information, contact Dave Welsh at 510-847-8657, or sub@sonic.net. The Haiti Reborn Program will have a week of activities in its annual Haiti Solidarity Week February 3-10, 2007. Haiti Reborn is also looking for people to coordinate local events, contact Tom Ricker, tomr@quixote.org, (301) 699-0042. This Week’s Action: is from FANM Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. – Haitian Women of Miami (FANM) and the Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition (HAGC), both of which follow Haitian immigration issues carefully, in support of a bill filed last week […]

Haiti Prison Ailment Traced to U.S. Rice

By Jeb Sprague , Haitianalysis Jan 17, 2007 HAITI: Mysterious Prison Ailment Traced to U.S. Rice Jeb Sprague and Eunida Alexandra* NEW YORK, Jan 17 (IPS) – A newly released investigation into the deadly scourge of Beri-beri in Haiti’s National Penitentiary uncovered evidence that the clash between the manufacturing process used in U.S. processed rice and the traditional Haitian rice cooking method has been killing poor young men behind bars and leaving others morbidly ill. By early 2006, firefights brought on by Haitian National Police and United Nations incursions into the capital’s poorest neighborhoods had become commonplace. The raids, deemed “operations” by authorities, and reportedly designed to flush out criminal gangs, often resulted in high civilian causalities. In a recent scientific study in the British medical journal The Lancet, done through random spatial sampling, it was estimated that 8,000 people were killed in […]

Half-Hour for Haiti: Support the TRUTH Act

January 17, 2007 Update: �Good news: the first bill of the year supporting justice in Haiti was filed in the U.S. Congress. Rep. Barbara Lee introduced H.R. 351, the TRUTH Act, which was referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. It now needs our help (see below). Thank you to everyone who wrote Edmond Mulet, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Haiti. We have not yet received a response from Mr. Mulet; please let us know if you have. On Friday, Cite Soleil residents returned a machine gun that UN peacekeepers had abandoned following a skirmish in December. Coming Attractions: �Democracy is celebrated in Haiti on February 7, the anniversary of the departure of Jean-Claude �Baby Doc� Duvalier (1986) and the inaugurations of Presidents Aristide (1991 and 2001) and Preval (1996). �Haiti�s Fondation Trente Septembre, joined by […]

Former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune denounces the support given to the machine of injustice that held him in prison for two years.

Jan 15, 2007 Former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune denounces the support given to  the machine of injustice that held him in prison for two years. Port-au-Prince, January 15, 2007 -(AHP)- The former Prime Minister, Yvon Neptune, called Monday for solidarity in the pursuit against what he calls the political machine of injustice that held him in jail for 2 years and that continues to plague Haiti under the control of those who are swept away by their madness for power, he said. In his first statement of the new year, Neptune, who was incarcerated following accusations from organizations with close ties to the former regime, again thanked those who stood in solidarity with him throughout his struggle. He underlined that more than 5 months after his release, no decision has been made to bring to light the real motives for […]

In Haiti, UN recovers 2 high-powered weapons taken during attack

The Associated Press January 12, 2007 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Residents of a gang-controlled slum surrendered two high-powered rifles Friday, three weeks after the weapons were removed from a U.N. armored personnel carrier that came under attack. U.N. peacekeepers were driving through the seaside Cite Soleil slum on Dec. 21 when their vehicle broke down. The troops tried to fix it but came under heavy fire from unknown assailants and fled in another armored vehicle. U.N. troops and Haitian police raided the slum the next day in a previously planned operation and killed at least six people. They found the abandoned armored vehicle burned and stripped of its M-50 assault rifle and another large caliber firearm. In a brief hand-over Friday, the 4-foot-long (1.2-meter-long) weapons were loaded onto a pickup truck and taken to a U.N. base under escort by Filipino peacekeepers […]

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