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Masked Haitian Police Shoot Children While Arresting Police

Haiti Human Rights Alert: Masked Haitian Police Shoot Children While Arresting Police By Bill Quigley [Bill Quigley is a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans School of Law.  He writes from Port au Prince where he is one of the lawyers representing Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste. ]     Jeanine (not her real name for reasons you will shortly understand) is a quiet 14 year old girl who lives with her family of 18 off a rutted dirt road near the international airport in Port au Prince.  Twice a week she walked the mile or so to eat a meal at St. Claire’s church.   Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste is the pastor of St. Claire’s.  He has been in jail for more than a week after his church was surrounded by heavily armed masked men while feeding 600 children at his […]

Priest’s Arrest an Injustice That Hits Home

Haiti Human Rights Alert: Priest’s Arrest an Injustice That Hits Home Jim DeFede — In My Opinion Soon after Haiti’s democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was forced to leave Haiti in February, Kernst Jean-Juste begged his brother, the Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste, to do the same. ”I tried to convince him to come back to Miami and wait for things to calm down,” Kernst recalled. ‘But he said, `No, I’m Haitian and I’m staying. And if I have to die, I’ll die in my country.’ ” For nearly three decades, the maverick Roman Catholic priest has placed the needs of Haiti’s poor above his own and has been a relentless champion for democracy. ”I believe in justice,” Jean-Juste once told The Herald. “The taste of freedom for somebody else is a great victory for me.” On Wednesday, Jean-Juste was arrested as […]

Haiti Human Rights Alert: Illegal Arrest of Political Leaders

Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti P.O. Box 745, Joseph, OR 97846 (541) 432-0597, www.ijdh.org, info@ijdh.org   Haiti Human Rights Alert: Illegal Arrest of Political Leaders October 8, 2004 On Saturday October 2, 2004, Haitian police forcibly entered Haiti’s Radio Caraibes and arrested two Senators and a former Deputy from the Fanmi Lavalas party who had criticized the Interim Government during a radio program. Earlier they had arrested another former Deputy, a lawyer, who was trying to represent the arrestees. The warrantless arrests were illegal and a clear violation of the detainees’ freedom of association and of expression, and of the right to legal counsel. They take place in the context of a wave of police persecution of human rights critics, and verbal attacks on critics by Haiti’s Prime Minister. The two Senators, Yvon Feuillé and Gerard Gilles, and […]

Illegal Arrest of Political Leaders

IJDH Human Rights Alert: Illegal Arrest of Political Leaders October 5, 2004 On Saturday October 2, 2004, Haitian police forcibly entered Haiti’s Radio Caraibes and arrested two Senators and a former Deputy from the Fanmi Lavalas party who had criticized the Interim Government during a radio program.  Earlier they had arrested another former Deputy, a lawyer, who was trying to represent the arrestees.  The warrantless arrests were illegal and a clear violation of the detainees’ freedom of association and of expression, and the right to legal counsel.  They take place in the context of a wave of police persecution of human rights critics, and verbal attacks on critics by Haiti’s Prime Minister. The two Senators, Yvon Feuillé and Gerard Gilles, and former Deputy Rudy Hérivaux form the Communications Commission of the Fanmi Lavalas party.  All three are prominent critics of […]

Haiti Assassination Trial Must Include Vigorous Prosecution of Human Rights Abusers

IJDH Human Rights Alert: Haiti Assassination Trial Must Include Vigorous Prosecution of Human Rights Abusers The trial of two notorious Haitian human rights abusers, Jackson Joanis and Jodel Chamblain, both convicted in absentia for the 1993 murder of businessman Antoine Izmery, has been announced for the week of August 16-20. The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) is concerned that Haiti’s interim government has not adequately prepared the case, and will not vigorously prosecute the defendants. Antoine Izmery, a prominent supporter of President Aristide, was murdered on September 11, 1993, during Haiti’s de facto military dictatorship (1991-1994). Mr. Izmery had organized a mass at Port-au-Prince’s Sacre Coeur church, to commemorate the anniversary of the 1988 St. Jean Bosco Massacre. Soldiers and paramilitaries dragged Izmery out of the packed church, in full view of the Haitian and international media, […]

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