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Standing Against Militarism and Violence: From Haiti to Fort Benning (

Father Roy Bourgeois, School of the Americas Watch November 18, 2011 On November 18, thousands of people will gather outside the gates of the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA, now renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) to stand in opposition to our government’s involvement in coups, assassinations, torture, disappearances, and other atrocities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Meanwhile, in Haiti, the new president, Michel Martelly, will officially present his plan for the reconstitution of the Haitian army. Although these two events will be separated by over 1000 miles and occur in two different countries, they are directly related. Twenty-one years ago, the School of the Americas Watch was founded when a small group of friends and I carried out a hunger strike at the gates of Ft. Benning to call for the closing of this […]

SOA Watch in Haiti (School of the Americas Watch)

By: School of the Americas Watch (SOAW) A fact-finding delegation organized by School of the Americas Watch (SOA Watch) is currently on the ground in Haiti to investigate the current situation of human rights and the role of the police and UN troops in the country. The delegation follows in the wake of recent scandals involving the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH, according to its French acronym), including the video-taped apparent rape of an 18-year-old man by Uruguayan UN troops, and the impregnation of women and minors by UN troops, which have led to renewed protests in Haiti and have raised new questions regarding the future of the mission. Since Haiti’s devastating earthquake last year, there are indications that the human rights situation has worsened significantly. Women and girls in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps are the target of […]

Half-Hour for Haiti: Help Fr. Gerry Return to the Pulpit

Nov 16, 2006 Update: Still no good news on political prisoners, but grassroots groups in Haiti have not given up. Last Wednesday they picketed the Ministry of Justice (click for report and photos), and they were back yesterday. Thanks to everyone who wrote last week to support the prisoners from Petit-Goave. Coming Attractions: November 17-19 is the School of the Americas Watch (SOAW) Vigil at Fort Benning, Georgia. Aristide and the Endless Revolution is playing at the United Nations Film Festival in Boston on November 18 and 19 . The Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP), Haiti’s largest university scholarship program, is having a Haitian Art Auction Fundraiser in New York on December 1. This Week�s Action is from Professor Bill Quigley of Loyola New Orleans Law School, in support of Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste’s efforts to return to his Ste. […]

Half-Hour for Haiti: Grassroots Activists In Legal Limbo

November 8, 2006 Update: The best news for justice in Haiti is Tuesday’s U.S. elections. Although Haiti itself was not a major factor in the transfer of congressional power, the new legislature does have a clear mandate for a more just U.S. foreign policy. But history shows that the mandate will not turn automatically into results- what has been won is the opportunity to organize for results. We have started a discussion in our Haiti JusticeBlog of what our legislative priorities should be to ensure a just U.S. treatment of Haiti, and how we should organize to attain them. Please join the discussion by adding your comments to the post titled “What Has Been Won.” Thanks to everyone who visited the Haiti JusticeBlog over the last week. Some beginner bloggers found that we had not explained how to use it […]

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