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Fighting for the Rule of Law in Haiti- Interview With Mario Joseph

Fighting for the Rule of Law in Haiti An exclusive Haiti Information Project interview with Haiti’s leading human rights lawyer, Mario Joseph by Darren Ell Mario Joseph became a human rights lawyer in the wake of Haiti’s 1991 coup d’�tat, helping victims prepare their cases and articulate their demands at a time when human rights law was not even taught in law school. In 1995, he joined the Bureau des avocats internationaux (BAI) which seeks to defend the poorest members of Haitian society. He is outraged by the hypocrisy of the Canadian, American and French Governments who were behind the 2004 coup d’�tat; but he is determined to bring to justice all those who attempted to destroy Haiti’s young democracy and who continue to violate the rule of law today. He spoke to Darren Ell from the offices of the […]

Time for Lula to Stop Doing Bush’s Dirty Work in Haiti

“They Came Here to Terrorize the Population” Time for Lula to Stop Doing Bush’s Dirty Work in Haiti By BEN TERRALL When Brazilian President Luiz In�cio Lula da Silva, better known as “Lula”, visits Washington on March 31, he will likely spend most of his time with President Bush discussing ethanol, a relatively safe subject for the two leaders. Earlier this month, Brazil and the United States, the world’s two top ethanol producers, announced the creation of an international forum to help turn biofuels into a globally traded commodity. Brazil, unlike the U.S., has spent thirty years developing its ethanol technology, and is producing a surplus of a sugar-based version of that fuel. Lula has been criticized for following the Bush Administration on foreign trade policy, but he may be in even more hot water for following Bush on a […]

Half-Hour for Haiti : Make a Call Worth $138 Million For Haiti

March 28, 2007Half-Hour for Haiti:  Make a Call Worth $138 Million For Haiti Update: First, welcome to everyone who has recently joined the Half-Hour for Haiti community. Thanks to everyone who filled out our evaluation last week (there’s still time, click here). We’ll work on implementing your suggestions for improvement. Please be patient- some good ideas will require us to upgrade our technical skills; sometimes the recommendations conflicted each other. But we’ll do our best! Coming Attractions:  Tomorrow, March 29, is the 30th anniversary of Haiti’s Constitution. Several grassroots groups will protest at the National Palace for the full implementation of the Constitution.  We hope to have photos and a report-back tomorrow on the Haiti Justice Blog. The Latin America Solidarity Coalition Conference in Chicago, April 13-15, will include several Haiti activities, including workshops on bringing Haiti into the mainstream […]

Haiti: The Damage Done

Part II of an Interview with Brian Concannon. By Darren Ell, The Dominion March 15, 2007 The Dominion – http://www.dominionpaper.ca   MINUSTAH is not aiding progress in Haiti, says Brian Concannon, but hindering it. Photo: Joseph Wenkoff � Read Part I of this interview. Brian Concannon is the director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), He founded IJDH after the 2004 Canada-US-France coup d��tat that ousted Haiti�s democratically elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Concannon formerly co-directed the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) , the most prominent legal group prosecuting human rights cases in Haiti, and worked for MICIVIH, a UN human rights mission in Haiti. Darren Ell interviewed him in the offices of the BAI in Port-au-Prince on February 28, 2007, the third anniversary of the 2004 overthrow of democratically elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. For a timeline […]

Interview With So Ann

Africa Today – March 12, 2007 [kpfa.org] So Ann, former Haitian political prisoner and Pierre Labossiere, Haiti Action Network; Christine Nyanda Chacha and Dr. Charangi of African Immigrant Social and Cultural Services, hosted by Walter Turner

Half-Hour for Haiti: Support Women Victims of Political Persecution

March 8, 2007 Update: Sorry we missed last week�s alert. I was running around Haiti, meeting with activists in Haiti and participating in the Commemoration of the third anniversary of the February 29 Coup d’etat, which included a demonstration that started at the U.S. Embassy and ended at the National Palace. There was a follow-up demonstration yesterday at the French Embassy. Good news in the case against Carl Dorelien, a Colonel on the High Command in charge of personnel during the 1991-1994 de facto dictatorship, and Florida Lottery Megabucks winner. On February 23, a jury in Miami ordered Dorelien to pay $3.2 million to two victims of the de facto regime, labor leader Lexiuste Cajuste, who was brutally tortured in October 1993, and the family of Michel Pierre, who was killed during the April 1994 Raboteau Massacre. �For details click […]

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