Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Target Another Judicial Official Involved in Persecution

September 20, 2005 There are three big upcoming Haiti events, the first two in Washington DC: on Thursday, September 22, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation will present a panel discussion, “ Haiti: The Time For Action Is Now,” as part of its 35th Annual Legislative Conference at the Washington Convention Center, room 202B, from 12:30-1:30. On Friday, September 23, the International Tribunal on Haiti will come to order at 7PM at George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. The third event will take place in dozens of communities worldwide, in support of demonstrations that day in Haiti: the September 30, International Day of Solidarity with Haiti. There are 22 22 confirmed events in four countries outside of Haiti so far, and many others developing. For more information, or to organize your local event, email Bishop Thomas Gumbleton has issued […]

A Haitian and American journalist were detained Friday by police

Associated Press Sep 12, 2005 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – A Haitian and American journalist were detained Friday by police searching the church of a jailed priest who is considered a potential presidential candidate.Kevin Pina, a journalist and filmmaker from the United States, was detained after filming the police as they searched the church of the Rev Jean-Juste.The officers also detained Jean Ristil, a Haitian who was working for The Associated Press, as he tried to take photographs of police leading away a handcuffed Pina.Both men were taken to the police station where Judge Jean Peres Paul ordered them held on suspicion of “disrespect to a magistrate” and resisting arrest.The judge said the Haitian journalist would probably be freed by Monday, though he did not explain the reasons, and would not say when Pina would be released.Peres Paul, an investigative judge […]


Haiti Human Rights Alert: POLITICAL PRISONER REV. GÉRARD JEAN-JUSTE RELEASED NOVEMBER 29, 2004 Today,  November 29, 2004, Rev. Gérard Jean-Juste, the pastor of Sainte Claire Catholic Church in Delmas, Haiti, was released after almost seven weeks of illegal detention.  The release follows a sustained campaign of international support for Fr. Jean-Juste by prominent religious figures, lawyers, grassroots groups and human rights advocates in Haiti and throughout the world.  The release shows that collective action for justice can succeed, and offers hope for Haiti’s other 700 political prisoners. Fr. Jean-Juste is a prominent activist for peace, justice and the rights of immigrants in Haiti and the U.S.  He was arrested without a warrant by masked Haitian police on Wednesday, October 13, 2004, while he was feeding the hungry children of his parish.  Gérard Latortue, Haiti’s interim Prime Minister, claimed that there […]

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