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February 6, 2007 Update: Some sad news- political prisoner Wantales Lormejuste died Saturday on the way from the prison to the hospital in St. Marc. Mr. Lormejuste’s family reported that he had not appeared ill. One cause of his death was injustice: Mr. Lormejuste had spent 593 days in prison on the La Scierie case, even through the appeals prosecutor concluded last June that there was not enough evidence to go to trial. The appeals court has refused to decide his case, sixteen months after he filed his appeal, or even to rule on his request for pre-trial release. Two other defendants in the La Scierie case, Ronald Dauphin and former Parliamentarian Amanus Mayette, are ill. The British Medical Journal The Lancet has finally confirmed the findings of the study it published August 31, 2006, Human Rights and Other Criminal […]

More Delays in La Scierie Case

The ruling of the investigating judge in the case of the alleged massacre at La Scierie is not yet ready: the lawyer for the political prisoners alleges procrastination �Gona�ves, January 24, 2007 (AHP)- The presiding judge of the appeals court of Gona�ves,�Hugues St-Pierre, said Wednesday that the ruling by the investigating judge in the case of the alleged massacre at la Scierie will not be able to be published in January as expected, due to complications surrounding the case. �Several senior officials and supporters of� Fanmi Lavalas such as former Prime Minister�Yvon Neptune, former Interior Minister� Jocelerme Privert and former Deputy Amanus Maette were arrested in the immediate aftermath of� the sudden departure of President� Aristide based on accusations made against them by organizations close to the former interim government. � Several of those imprisoned, including Mr. Neptune and Mr. […]

The ruling of the investigating judge in the case of the alleged massacre at La Scierie is not yet ready

AHP Jan 24, 2007 The ruling of the investigating judge in the case of the alleged massacre at La Scierie is not yet ready: the lawyer for the political prisoners alleges procrastination Gonaïves, January 24, 2007 (AHP)- The presiding judge of the appeals court of Gonaïves, Hugues St-Pierre, said Wednesday that the ruling by the investigating judge in the case of the alleged massacre at la Scierie will not be able to be published in January as expected, due to complications surrounding the case.Several senior officials and supporters of  Fanmi Lavalas such as former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, former Interior Minister  Jocelerme Privert and former Deputy Amanus Maette were arrested in the immediate aftermath of  the sudden departure of President  Aristide based on accusations made against them by organizations close to the former interim government.Several of those imprisoned, including Mr. Neptune and […]

Former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune denounces the support given to the machine of injustice that held him in prison for two years.

Jan 15, 2007 Former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune denounces the support given to  the machine of injustice that held him in prison for two years. Port-au-Prince, January 15, 2007 -(AHP)- The former Prime Minister, Yvon Neptune, called Monday for solidarity in the pursuit against what he calls the political machine of injustice that held him in jail for 2 years and that continues to plague Haiti under the control of those who are swept away by their madness for power, he said. In his first statement of the new year, Neptune, who was incarcerated following accusations from organizations with close ties to the former regime, again thanked those who stood in solidarity with him throughout his struggle. He underlined that more than 5 months after his release, no decision has been made to bring to light the real motives for […]

Haiti’s Constitutional Authorities Should Do Better

June 20, 2006 Half-Hour for Haiti: Haiti’s Constitutional Authorities Should Do Better Update:  We have some good news this week, but also some outrageous news.  Good news first. The La Scierie case (which includes Yvon Neptune), is up on appeal, where the defendants are challenging the decision to send the case to trial. Last Friday, June 16, the Appeals Court prosecutor of Gonaives, Roland Paphius issued his recommendations to the Court. The prosecutor asked the Court to drop most of the charges against the defendants, including all against Mr. Neptune. The decision was a courageous one- all of the judicial officials involved in the case are under intense pressure from (foreign-funded) Haitian NGOs to keep all the La Scierie defendants in jail, despite a lack of evidence against them.Me. Paphius’ recommendations are not binding on the court, but can be […]

Half-Hour for Haiti: Tell the Political Prisoners You Care

May 23, 2006 Update: Thanks to everyone who wrote on behalf of grassroots activist Rene Civil last week. We have not heard of any progress on his case yet. The appeals court hearing in the La Scierie case (including former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune ) continues into its third week. Mario Joseph, the political prisoners� lawyer, expects the hearing to end today or tomorrow, but anticipates that the Court may take some time to announce a decision. Mario will request that all the defendants, some of whom have spent more than two years in jail, be released on personal recognizance pending a final decision. Amnesty International has issued its 2006 World Report. The Haiti section,� http://web.amnesty.org/report2006hti-summary-eng, highlights the interim government�s holding of political prisoners, among other abuses. Upcoming Events: On May 25, the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights will host […]

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