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Violence mars Haiti’s local elections, one killed, Reuters, December 4, 2006

04 Dec 2006 01:02:58 GMT <!– 04 Dec 2006 01:02:58 GMT ## for search indexer, do not remove–>Source: Reuters By Joseph Guyler Delva PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Dec 3 (Reuters) – An off-duty police officer was killed and several people were wounded on Sunday during local elections in Haiti, police said. The officer was shot in the head by gunmen near the slum of Martissant in the capital, Port-au-Prince, police Inspector General Jean Saint-Fleur said. “We have opened an investigation into the murder of the policeman and other acts of violence while we try to keep the situation under control,” said Saint-Fleur. The motive for the killing was not immediately clear but a witness said the police officer was killed after a dispute with two people linked with a political party. Haitians were choosing more than 1,000 mayors and other local officials […]

False H.O.P.E. for Haiti

Tom Ricker, Quixote Center Amidst a crowded lame duck calendar, a few members of Congress are marketing H.O.P.E. for Haiti – the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act. HOPE will bring desperately needed apparel jobs to Haiti, it is argued. Indeed, according to a Washington Post editorial on Monday, November 27, 2006: “After 15 years of political turmoil, violent unrest and economic mismanagement, this looks like a rare opportunity to consolidate tentative progress in Haiti. Congress shouldn’t miss it.” I disagree. Right now Congress has many opportunities to make a sustainable contribution to progress in Haiti, but the HOPE act is not one of them. The bill may create a few low-paying and precarious sweatshop jobs, but it will also reinforce a flawed model of development that has been failing Haitians for two decades. If Congress really wants to […]

Haiti and the School of the Assassins

School of the Americas: The Haitian Case by Adrianne Aron Thanks to School of the America’s Watch’s (SOAW) annual Vigil at the School of the Americas (SOA), the persecution of the religious community in El Salvador during the 1980s is not forgotten. Every year they commemorate the massacre that the Jesuit Provincial called “an act of lavish barbarity,” when six Catholic priests, their housekeeper, and her daughter were murdered on the campus of the University of Central America in San Salvador, by government soldiers trained at the School of the Americas. In Haiti, a number of equally barbarous events carried out by SOA graduates are not so well known, and have been neglected by world attention. The perpetrators are still free, and in some instances, still wielding power. It’s time we took notice. September 11: Haiti A case in point […]

Emmanuel Constant: America’s SOB

Yesterday’s $19 million dollar against Haitian death squad leader Emmanuel “Toto” Constant, in favor of three of the thousands of victims of the FRAPH death squad, is a great victory, even if the victims never recover a substantial amount of the money they were awarded (see the Court’s order). The victims got their day in court, and recieved official recognition that the horrors inflicted by Constant’s FRAPH were a violation of the laws of nations, for which Constant is legally responsible. The verdict stopped Constant from living large in New York while his compatriots trembled at his name. The victims, who fought for 15 years for this day, and their lawyers at The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA), provided a lesson in the persistence necessary to right a great historic wrong (see CJA press release). It should be a […]

Another Day of Delays in La Scierie Appeals Case

**************************************** Another day of delays at the Court of Appeals in Gona�ves: The President of the Court and counsel for the alleged victims of the ‘Scierie’ are held responsible **************************************** Port-au-Prince, 11 May 2006 (AHP) – Delaying tactics have once again marked the fourth day of the judicial process relating to the Scierie massacre (96 km to the north of the capital) taking place at the Court of Appeals in Gona�ves. Some 15 citizens, including the former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, have been charged on the basis of allegations made by organizations allegedly close to the old opposition to the Aristide government. They have been in court since Monday. One of the lawyers for these political prisoners, Camille Leblanc, denounced on Thursday the attitude of the counsel for the plaintiffs and the President of the Court for deliberating prolonging the […]

Appeal of La Scierie Case, Day 1

AHP NEWS Political prisoners, including former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, at court of appeals in Gona�ves for Scierie case Port-au-Prince, May 8, 2006 – (AHP) – Hearings at the civil court in Gona�ves for the order for removal of Judge Cluny Pierre-Jules of Saint-marc relating to the file on the accused massacre at Scierie were suspended this Monday, 3 hours after starting. The former Prime Minister, Yvon Neptune, now imprisoned for two years following accusations by National Human Rights Defense Network (RNDDH), arrived in court on a stretcher following months of hunger strike. In addition to Mr. Nepture, other political prisonners include the former Minister of the interior, Jocelerme Privery and former Deputy Amanus Maette, all present at the court. The hearing was suspending due to the absence of Alexandre Pierre-Paul, Canal du Vent, who was arrested by Judge Cluny […]

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