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Popular Base Committee of Fanmi Lavalas Makes Declaration

By: Jean Ristil – On January 26, 2008 the Committee of Reflection of the Popular Base of Fanmi Lavalas released a declaration in Port-au-Prince. The committee had assembled in Plas Fy�te (Pride Square) in Site Soley to say no to the massacres being committed in this impoverish slum. A large march, with blaring trumpets and chanting crowds, had made its way to the location. The group explained how on that same day, across the country, people were coming out into the streets with the same slogan: �we may get hit and forget, but the scars will serve as a reminder.� The gathering of this committee from the popular base was attended by many people, including well known grassroots activists and former political prisoners Ren� Civil and Annette �So An� Auguste. A declaration from the organization read, “From April 26, […]

Half-Hour for Haiti: All Updates

December 19, 2007 Update: There’s so much to update that this alert’s action is to read the updates, and click on as many links as you have time for. Most of these updates have actions that you can still take to make a difference for human rights in Haiti. So if you have not made your contribution to these important issues, now is the time to act! Good news first: Grassroots activist Rene Civil, who has been in jail since August 2006, was released yesterday, pursuant to a court order issued last Thursday. His case had been scheduled for trial last week, but it is now back before the appeals court. IJDH has received $13,000 in response to its end-of-the-year fundraiser. Thank you for your generosity. But we need to raise $17,000 more to meet the $30,000 match challenge by […]

Half-Hour for Haiti: Demand Release of Jailed Democracy Fighter Rene Civil

Update: We have some incremental good news this week. Nothing worthy of a celebration, but steps in the right direction. On debt relief, soon-to-be-powerful members of the U.S. House of Representatives wrote to the Inter-American Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, urging complete and full debt cancellation for Haiti. On Monday, the Port-au-Prince appeals court heard the case of former political prisoner Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste, still charged with illegal gun possession. The court did not issue a decision, but the prosecutor, Patrick Pierre-Fils asked the court to dismiss the charges as unfounded. Also, the Vatican has responded to Fr. Jean-Juste�s appeal of his suspension (see our November 16 alert). We do not know that decision either- it is in the mail- but a response is progress. Tomorrow (Wednesday) several human rights groups in Haiti will launch […]

Demonstration to Demand Release of Investigation on December 1, 2004 Prison Massacre, AHP, November 30, 2006

A sit-in is planned outside the National Penitentiary to demand publication of the results of the investigation into the slaughter that took place on December 1, 2004� Port-au-Prince, November 30, 2006 (AHP)- Ronald St-Jean, general coordinator of the Group for the Defense of the Rights of Political Prisoners, announced that a sit-in will be held on November 30 in front of the National Penitentiary to compel the authorities, he said, to publish the report of the events of December 1, 2004. � Several dozen people were shot dead at the National Penitentiary during incidents whose circumstances are still murky today. � “The results of this investigation that was announced by the former head of MINUSTAH, Juan Gabriel Vald�s, should be published to enable the families of the victims of this slaughter to obtain justice”, declared Mr. Saint-Jean. One of the […]

Thousands march in Haiti demanding end to reign of terror

by Dave Welsh – Haiti Action Committee What is the reality of Haiti under foreign occupation today? Right-wing death squads, working in tandem with Canadian-trained Haitian Police, continue to ravage with impunity the pro-Lavalas neighborhoods that make up the majority of Haiti’s capital city. No one is disarming the death squads or bringing them to justice. The 9,000 Brazilian and other U.N. troops and tanks continue to fire heavy weapons into densely-populated civilian areas, and U.N. Special Envoy Edmond Mulet has vowed to intensify these operations. Residents believe their neighborhoods are targeted because they are considered bastions of support for the Lavalas movement of exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The resistance that will not die On September 30th thousands of pro-democracy activists marched to the US consulate in Port-au-Prince, demanding an end to this reign of terror. Slogans denounced members of […]

Half-Hour for Haiti : Demand Fairness for René Civil

August 31, 2006 Half-Hour for Haiti: Demand Fairness for René Civil   Update: We have a lot of news this week. The 3rd Solidarity Encounter with the Haitian People concluded last Friday, and issued a set of Resolutions.Today, the British Medical Journal The Lancet published a mortality study that concluded that 8,000 people were killed in Port-au-Prince between February 29 and December 2005. In almost half of the deaths studied, the perpetrators were identified as security agents of the brutal Interim Government of Haiti (IGH), former soldiers or armed anti-Lavalas groups. No murders were attributed to members of Haiti’s Lavalas movement. Similar patterns emerged for sexual assaults and kidnappings. This scientific study directly contradicts the statements of officials of the IGH, the U.S. and MINUSTAH (the United Nations Mission in Haiti), as well as numerous reports in the press and […]

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