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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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