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Delegation of media directors and civil society representatives unable to meet with Yvon Neptune

Port-au-Prince, 20 July 2006 (AHP) � A delegation of media directors and other civil-society personalities tried in vain on Thursday to visit former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune in the National Penitentiary located in the neighborhood of Pacot. Yvon Neptune has been on hunger strike for 15-months, that is to say since the tenth month of his incarceration by the interim regime following allegations he was implicated in the alleged massacre at �la-Scierie� in the municipality of Saint-Marc (97 kms to the north of the capital). Representatives of the National Penitentiary Administration (APENA) refused access to the group of journalists visiting the prison because a number of them were armed with cameras. The secretary general of the Group Defending Political Prisoners (GDP), Ronald St. Jean who was coordinating this visit, denounced the position of APENA. According to Mr. St. Jean the […]

Haiti’s ex-PM appears before a judge

By Joseph Guyler Delva REUTERS 11:50 a.m. May 26, 2005 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti � – Haiti’s former prime minister, imprisoned without formal charges for 11 months, finally appeared before a judge to answer accusations that he masterminded a massacre of opponents over a year ago. Yvon Neptune, who has been on a hunger strike since April 17, was taken Wednesday to St. Marc, about 60 miles north of Port-au-Prince, to be heard by a court for the first time since his arrest last June. Haiti’s constitution provides that a suspect should be brought before a judge within 48 hours of arrest. Neptune, whose detention has prompted expressions of concern from human rights organizations and the United Nations, was so weak that he could not walk. “He had to be transported on a stretcher into the hearing room, where he spent about […]


May 11, 2005 Hunger strike in Haiti (Miami Herald – Editorial) OUR OPINION: YVON NEPTUNE SHOULD BE RELEASED BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE The prolonged detention without trial of former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune has turned into an embarrassing and unnecessary predicament for the interim government of Haiti. With Mr. Neptune in failing health on the 24th day of his hunger strike, it’s time for the government to put an end to this disgraceful spectacle by releasing the 58-year-old from house arrest before things get worse. Mr. Neptune, once the loyal deputy of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is accused of being responsible for an alleged massacre near the coastal city of St. Marc on Feb. 11, 2004, days before Mr. Aristide left the country. There are several problems with the accusation. The facts of the St. Marc incident remain in dispute. […]

Jailed, fasting ex-leader so weak he can’t walk

Haiti’s imprisoned ex-prime minister Yvon Neptune has grown weak during a hunger strike protesting his legal limbo of nearly a year. BY JANE REGAN AND JOE MOZINGO PORT-AU-PRINCE – On his 23rd day of a jailhouse hunger strike, former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune is reported to have grown so weak that he cannot walk and slips in and out of consciousness, raising fears that he will die before he escapes the legal limbo of the past 11 months. Neptune, who served under ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was arrested June 27 on allegations that he directed a massacre of political opponents in the port town of St. Marc in the panicky final weeks of Aristide’s rule. Aristide supporters deny a massacre occurred and say the killings — at least two dozen, according to human rights observers — resulted from fighting […]

Former U.S. Ally On Hunger Strike in Haitian Jail

Former Haiti Prime Minister Yvon Neptune has aided American interests, but the U.S. has done little to help free him. By DAVID ADAMS, Times Latin America Correspondent Published May 7, 2005 MIAMI – His friends say he is a stubborn man capable of starving himself to death. Now, 20 days into a hunger strike, the fate of Haiti’s jailed former prime minister, Yvon Neptune, is rapidly turning into an international dilemma. Neptune, 58, stopped eating April 17 to protest his incarceration in a Haitian jail for more than 10 months without a court hearing. Haiti’s constitution requires a hearing before a judge within 48 hours of arrest. The detention of Neptune, once the loyal, right-hand man of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, has become the rallying cry of opponents of Haiti’s year-old interim government. Were he to die in custody, it […]

Yvon Neptune On Verge of Death From Hunger Strike: Urge The Interim Government’s International Patrons to Stop the Persecution

May 3, 2005 Thank you to everyone who responded to last week’s alert to support labor leaders Ginette Apollon and Paul Loulou Chéry. Hundreds of people signed onto the petition, and neither activist has been harassed by police since. It is hard to have a more direct link to life and death than this week’s alert. Political prisoner Yvon Neptune is on day 17 of a hunger strike (started April 17), and declining fast. Although he started to drink water over the weekend, Neptune is not eating, is emaciated and weak, and his internal organs are failing. He will not end the strike until the Interim Government of Haiti (IGH) drops the charges against him. Although the IGH has not brought Neptune before a judge in the 10 months of his incarceration, it refuses to drop the charges, preferring to […]

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