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Press Release: Human Rights Lawyers File Petition Against President Martelly’s Pick for Prime Minister (IJDH-BAI)

Eng­lish Kreyol FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Con­tacts: Mario Joseph, Av., Bureau des Avo­cats Inter­na­tionaux,, 509‑3701 9879 Brian Con­can­non Jr., Esq., Insti­tute for Jus­tice & Democ­racy in Haiti,, 541–263-0029 Human Rights Lawyers File Petition Against President Martelly’s Pick for Prime Minister Port-au-Prince, July 13, 2011 –  On Monday, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) submitted a petition before the Haitian parliament for the High Court of Justice to indict and try President Michel Martelly’s nominee for Prime Minister, Bernard Gousse, for the crimes committed during his tenure as Justice Minister under Haiti’s 2004-2006 de facto regime. Prime Minister Gerard Latortue’s dictatorship following the 2004 coup d’état murdered thousands and illegally detained hundreds of political dissidents. Mr. Gousse served as the architect of the campaign of political repression, whose victims included Catholic priest and political activist, Father Gerard Jean-Juste. When Judge […]

Political Prisoners: resources

Political Prisoners Ronald Dauphin Annette Auguste Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste Bob Moliere Yvon Neptune Photos of Amanus Maette Release –April 26, 2007 The Former Deputy of St. Marc, Amanus Maette Is Released –Wadner Pierre, April 26, 2007 Many political prisoners still held in Haiti’s jails -People’s Weekly World, February 9, 2007 More Delays in La Scierie Case -AHP, January 24, 2007 Partial Political Prisoner List -Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, December 2006 Ruling on La Scierie case expected early December -AHP, November 30, 2006 Open Letter to the Minister of Justice Rene Magloire Demanding the Release of Political Prisoners – October 19, 2006 National Lawyers Guild Calls on Haiti’s Elected Government to Release Political Prisoners Remaining From the Latortue Dictatorship – Press Release, October 25, 2006 Lettre ouverte au Ministre de la Justice pour exiger la libération des Prisonniers politiques dont l’ancien […]

Letter of Support: Release Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Interfaith Religious Community, I am writing to ask that you join me in signing onto the following letter calling for the immediate release from prison of Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste, Pastor of St. Claire’s Parish in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He is a Catholic Priest who has been held in the National Penitentiary in Haiti since July 21, 2005. No formal charges have been brought against him. In the past year, I have traveled to Haiti five times to investigate reports of increased human rights violations since the February 2004 coup d’ etat which removed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti’s democratically elected President. I have visited Fr. Jean Juste in prison on three different occasions, most recently on August 22, 2005. During that visit, Fr. Jean Juste referred to conditions in the prison, and the treatment of the […]

Fr. Gerard-Jean Juste Harassed Again

Fr. Gerard-Jean Juste Harassed Again   Out of prison, priest renews call for democracy, Aristide in Haiti, Judith Scherr -San Francisco Bayview, February 3, 2005 Fr. Jean-Juste, Spiritual Leader of Haitian-Americans, Dies -Miami Herald, May 27, 2009 From the Poorest, Wealth: Fr. Jean Juste in Indianapolis -Indianapolis Star, October 14, 2008 Haitian Priest Says He Won’t Be a Candidate -AP, July 9, 2008 Haiti Court Drops Charges Against Jean Juste -Miami Herald, June 27, 2008 Haitian priest Gerard Jean-Juste cleared of ties to killing -South Florida Sun-Sentinel, June 21, 2008 Charges Finally Dropped Against Fr. Jean-Juste -HaitiAnalysis, June 19, 2008 Activist Priest Gerard Jean-Juste in Port-au-Prince Appeals Court –Wadner Pierre in The Dominion, December 14, 2007 Haiti: Justice Delayed, Again –South Florida Sun-Sentinel, December 9, 2007 Observations from the Hearing of Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste –Ollie Ruth Jefferson, Attorney-at-Law, November 30, […]

Half-Hour for Haiti: Ask Bill Clinton to Help Free Political Prisoners in Haiti Too!

Sorry it has been so long since our last alert. This has been a very busy time at IJDH and BAI. We�ve moved our Health and Human Rights in Prisons Project up several levels, and expect to quadruple our Haiti legal staff this month.We are moving forward with old cases, especially that of Jimmy Charles, a grassroots activist murdered in police custody in 2005. We are almost done redesigning our website, we have a lot of photos of our work posted on flickr and we launched the Lawyers Committee for Justice in Haiti on Linked-In.The best news since our last alert is victory in the debt cancellation fight! On June 30, the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and the IMF announced $2.1. billion in debt cancellation. Other holders of Haiti�s debt announced smaller cancellations soon thereafter. Click here for details. […]

Haitian priest Gerard Jean-Juste cleared of ties to killing

By Georgia East South Florida Sun-Sentinel June 21, 2008 The Court of Appeals in Haiti cleared The Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste, a Catholic priest who championed the plight of Haitian refugees, of all remaining charges in connection with the 2005 murder of a prominent journalist and poet. “I feel great. I’m praising God more and I’m serving his people,” said Jean-Juste on Friday from Haiti. “I was confident that I would be exonerated because I’ve been through so many trials before.” Jean-Juste, 62, is an influential advocate for Haiti’s poor and a vocal supporter of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who fled the country in 2004. The U.S.-backed interim government jailed Jean-Juste in 2005 in connection with the killing of Jacques Roche. A judge cleared Jean-Juste of homicide but indicted him on weapons possession and criminal conspiracy charges. Those remaining charges were […]

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