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Half-Hour for Haiti: Support the TRUTH Act

January 17, 2007 Update: �Good news: the first bill of the year supporting justice in Haiti was filed in the U.S. Congress. Rep. Barbara Lee introduced H.R. 351, the TRUTH Act, which was referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. It now needs our help (see below). Thank you to everyone who wrote Edmond Mulet, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Haiti. We have not yet received a response from Mr. Mulet; please let us know if you have. On Friday, Cite Soleil residents returned a machine gun that UN peacekeepers had abandoned following a skirmish in December. Coming Attractions: �Democracy is celebrated in Haiti on February 7, the anniversary of the departure of Jean-Claude �Baby Doc� Duvalier (1986) and the inaugurations of Presidents Aristide (1991 and 2001) and Preval (1996). �Haiti�s Fondation Trente Septembre, joined by […]

Half-Hour for Haiti: Write to MINUSTAH re: December 22 Shootings

Update: The new U.S. Congress took office last week, with a mandate to investigate and correct the current Administration�s foreign policy. We expect that several Haiti bills will be introduced soon, perhaps starting the end of this week. We�ve identified 4 main priorities, based on discussions with activists in Haiti and the US and with Congressional staffers, and responses to Haiti JusticeBlog postings. They are: a) Debt relief; b) Immigration Reform; c) the TRUTH Act (investigation of the US role in the 2/29/04 coup d�etat); and d) Depoliticization of US aid to Haiti. We hope get a discussion going on these priorities with a series of articles on the Haiti JusticeBlog, one for each priority. Part I, on debt relief is up, please join the discussion by posting a comment on the blog. We�ll post Part II, on Immigration Reform, […]

Half-Hour for Haiti: Support the TRUTH Act

January 17, 2006 Half-Hour for Haiti: Support the TRUTH Act Update:  Good news: the first bill of the year supporting justice in Haiti was filed in the U.S. Congress. Rep. Barbara Lee introduced H.R. 351, the TRUTH Act, which was referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. It now needs our help (see below). Thank you to everyone who wrote Edmond Mulet, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Haiti. We have not yet received a response from Mr. Mulet, please let us know if you have. On Friday, Cite Soleil residents returned a machine gun that UN peacekeepers had abandoned following a skirmish in December.Coming Attractions:  Democracy is celebrated in Haiti on February 7, the anniversary of the departure of Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier (1986) and the inaugurations of Presidents Aristide (1991 and 2001) and Preval (1996). […]

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