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UN Independent human Rights Expert shocked at situation of hundreds of prisoners held without trial in Haitian prisons

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Jordanian Soldier sexually abuses Haitian mother

Jordanian Soldiers try to take over Site
Soley Water Tower, killing Haitian civilians

UN "peacekeepers" attack Site Soley on Nov. 8 and Nov. 9, 2005, Flashpoints


HLLN's position of the sham elections


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- UN Independent human Rights Expert shocked at situation of hundreds of prisoners held without trial in Haitian prisons

-UN Human Rights Official Deplores number of Prisoners Detained Without trial in Haiti, Nov. 29, 2005

Urgent Appeal Alert: Recent medical reports diagnoses life-threatening disease of illegally arrested and indefinitely detained Fr. Gerard Jean Juste. Send Appeals for his immediate release, Dec. 7, 2005

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Irish Parliamentarians demand free and fair election in Haiti, Nov. 16, 2005 | Latin American Solidarity Centre
http://www.lasc.ie/news/haiti-elections.html

-House of Representatives Votes to Block Arms Transfers to Brutal Haitian Police

 

UN independent human rights expert covering Haiti says he is deeply shocked at the situation of hundreds of prisoners held without trial in Haitian prisons

Port-au-Prince, November 30, 2005 (AHP)
- The United Nations independent expert covering human rights in Haiti, Louis Joinet, declared Monday that he is deeply shocked at the detention of hundreds of prisoners without trial in Haitian prisons, including former leaders, cadres and activists of the government of Jean Bertrand Aristide.

Concluding a twelve day mission to Haiti, Louis Joinet said he considers this situation to be a genuine national tragedy.

He said he was particularly disturbed at the imprisonment of former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, who has been on a hunger strike for the past several months.
Mr. Neptune was imprisoned in June 2004 after organizations that fought against his government accused him of involvement in an alleged massacre said to have taken place on February 11, 2004 in a hamlet of Saint-Marc named La Scierie.

During a previous mission to Haiti, Mr. Joinet declared that what took place in that region was not a massacre but rather clashes between two rival bands for control of the city's port.

The human rights official also cited the case of Father Gérard Jean-Juste who has been incarcerated in the absence of precise charges at the moment he was viewed as a possible presidential candidate. Father Jean-Juste was arrested last July inside a church in Port-au-Prince where he had come to co-officiate at the funeral ceremony for a young poet and journalist, Jacques Roche, who was murdered after being kidnapped.

It would be better if the judicial authorities would release people who are imprisoned without charge, Joinet advised, adding that when a detainee is kept in prison beyond the limits of the law, he becomes a political prisoner.

Many other members and supporters of the Aristide government including former Interior Minister Jocelerme Privert, former member of the House of Deputies, Amanus Maette, and activist/singer/songwriter Annette Auguste, all of whom are imprisoned under similar circumstances, consider themselves to be prisoners of conscience.

Louis Joinet said that while he does not know the exact size of the prison population, more than 1,700 detainees are held in the overcrowded National Penitentiary in Port-au-Prince, only several dozen of whom have been charged.

Some observers have said that the criticisms of Louis Joinet are the most intense to have been made at any time over the past two years by a member of the international community regarding the inefficiency and corruption of the Haitian judicial system.

Mr. Joinet also said he has observed a very significant improvement in the area of security compared with what he saw on his last visit.

He said however that he is disturbed at the increase in the level and intensity of violence toward women.

He declared that "85 % of the human rights violations in Haiti concern women, and that 47% of these violations involve sexual assault against minors".

AHP November 30, 2005 12:30 PM


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U.N. Human Rights Official Deplores number of prisoners detained without trial in Haiti

29 November 29, 2005
Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti_A U.N. human rights official criticized Haiti’s justice system for jailing hundreds of people without charge, including an activist priest he compared to a political prisoner.

Louis Joinet’s comments Monday marked one of the strongest recent condemnations of Haiti’s inefficient and corruption-prone justice system from a member of the international community.

The exact size of Haiti’s prison population isn’t known, but the overcrowded National Penitentiary in the capital of Port-au-Prince holds more than 1,700 inmates, only a few dozen of who have been charged.

"If the Haitian judiciary does not have the means to try the people it detains, it should be compelled to release them," Joinet, the Haiti expert of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, told The Associated Press.

Joinet was speaking following a two-week visit to assess human rights conditions in the impoverished Caribbean nation of 8 million. He is scheduled to present his findings to the United Nations in April.

Joinet also condemned the jailing of several allies of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, including former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune and popular Roman Catholic priest, the Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste.

Neptune has spent more than a year in jail on accusations of masterminding the killings of political opponents. Jean-Juste has been jailed since July for alleged involvement in the abduction and slaying of a well-known Haitian journalist. Both men deny the charges.

Joinet said the charges against Jean-Juste "seem quite weak" and questioned the motives for detaining the priest, who had been seen by some as a potential presidential contender in upcoming elections.

"When a prisoner remains in jail longer than what the law allows, he becomes a political prisoner. This seems to be the case for Jean-Juste," said Joinet."
Haitian officials weren’t immediately available for comment.

Joinet’s visit comes as Haiti’s interim government and the United Nations struggle to prepare for national elections scheduled for early next year, the first polls since Aristide fled into exile amid a February 2004 revolt.

The elections have been pushed back several times because of logistical snags and violence blamed on street gangs.
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Fr. Jean-Juste Must Be Released Immediately; Haitian Prisoner of Conscience Diagnosed with Life-Threatening Medical Problems

By Bill Quigley, Loyola University New Orleans School of Law

Bill is a volunteer lawyer for Pere Jean-Juste with the Institute for Justice and
Democracy, www.ijdh.org assisting Mario Joseph of the Bureau des Advocats Internationaux. Bill can be reached at duprestars@yahoo.com or at 832.489.6408 in the US or 011.509.401.4822


There is new urgency in the call for the immediate release of Pere Jean-Juste from the jails of Haiti - the priest is seriously ill.

Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste is an internationally recognized advocate for justice and democracy in Haiti. Often callled the Martin Luther King, Jr of Haiti, Pere Jean-Juste has been in prison without charges since he was arrested July 21 after being
beaten by a mob in a church in Port au Prince. None of his attackers were arrested. Demonstrations of support for Fr. Jean-Juste have occurred frequently in the poorer areas of Haiti and in many other cities internationally.

Amnesty International, Human Rights First, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, members of the Irish Parliament and leaders of the UN Commission on Human Rights have called for his release and the release of all political prisoners in Haiti.

The unelected Haitian government, which seized power after overthrowing the democractically elected government of President Jean Bertrand Aristide, has refused to respond to internal and international pressure. The unelected appear intent on leaving Fr. Jean-Juste, former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune and others in jail without trial until after the country's frequently postponed elections.

The first comprehensive medical report on Fr. Jean-Juste was just released by US physician John Carroll MD, who examined the priest in September 2005 and again in December 2005. The complete report is available on the website of the Institute of Justice and Democracy in Haiti http://www.ijdh.org. Dr. Carroll's report noted increased white blood count, swelling in the lymph nodes in his neck and under his
arms, and intermittent hearing loss. The doctor, who is board certified in internal medicine, concludes that "the causes for these findings are numerous including hematolgic [blood] cancers, metastatic [spreading] cancer, and a host of infectious
diseases."

Dr. John Carroll insists that "Father Jean-Juste needs an extensive medical work up, CAT scan, and surgical biopsy...and to beging appropriate treatment immediately.

Many cancers of the blood have a good prognosis when treated early by specialists."
Pere Jean-Juste, in jail and out, always urges everyone to fight for human rights, real democracy and release of political prisoners. He advises us to "keep up the struggle, freedom is coming for Haiti."

It is time once again for the international community to join in solidarity with the people of Haiti and to demand without ceasing the release of Fr. Jean-Juste.

US citizens are urged to contact the US Embassy in Haiti and demand that they do everything possible to secure the immediate release of Fr. Jean-Juste. The switchboard number is 011.509.222.0200. Faxxes can be sent to the US Embassy 011.509.223.9038. Emails can be sent to the human rights officers in the
embassy, Ms. Dana Banks banksd@state.gov or Kevan Higgins higginskp@state.gov
Fr. Jean-Juste must be released immediately.

Haiti does not need another martyr for human rights.

Medical Report:


John A. Carroll, M.D.
Medical Exam of Father Gerard Jean-Juste

Date of Exam: 12-1-05


I had the opportunity to examine Father Gerard
Jean-Juste in September, 2005 and again on December 1, 2005 in the Pacot
penitentiary annex where Father is imprisoned. Father's chief complaints
are neck pain and back pain. Father complains of intermittent hearing
difficulty which he blames on the swelling in his neck. His past history
includes hypertension.

Medications: none.
Physical exam (related to chief complaints and positive findings) reveal the following:

Neck: Multiple enlarged lymph nodes that are mobile and have a rubbery consistency. The nodes are bilateral (both sides of the neck), in the anterior and posterior triangles, and above the clavicles (collarbones).

The nodes are nontender and are not draining.

Axillary regions (armpits): Very enlarged 10 centimeter nodes in both
axillary regions with same consistency as above.

Back: Mild tenderness on percussion over thoracic spine.

Labs and Chest X Ray: Complete Blood Count (CBC) drawn on 11/3/2005
revealed an abnormal increased percentage of lymphocytes (a type of white
blood cell). A chest x ray was performed in November, however Father
has no access to this and thus I could not review it.

Assessment: Father Jean-Juste has massive lymphadenopathy in the cervical and axillary regions along with an abnormal complete blood count.

The lymph nodes have increased in size since my exam in September, 2005.

Causes for these findings are numerous including hematologic cancers,
metastacic cancer, and a host of infectious diseases.

Plan: Father Jean-Juste needs an extensive medical work up, CAT scan,
and surgical biopsy of the cervical and/or axillary lymph nodes to determine their etiology (cause) and to begin appropriate treatment immediately. Many cancers of the blood have a good prognosis when treated early by specialists.

John A. Carroll, M.D.

Qualifications:


The Chicago Medical School, 1980, M.D. Board Certified Internal Medicine
Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Surgery, University of Illinois School of Medicine Peoria, 1989-2001

Emergency Department Attending Physician Saint Francis
Medical Center, Peoria, Illinois, 1989-2001
Founder and Medical Director of Haitian Hearts

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See,
HLLN Action Alert: Demanding Immediate Release of Fr. Gerard Jean Juste

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Irish
Parliamentarians Demand Free and Fair Elections In Haiti, November 16, 2005

We, the undersigned, are extremely concerned that the forthcoming elections in Haiti, now postponed, should be conducted in a free, fair and open manner when they take place.

In order to achieve this we strongly urge that all political parties and groups, including the Fanmi Lavalas party headed by Jean-Bertrand Aristide be enabled to participate and to organise on an equal basis, and without restrictions.

Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, Fr. Gérard Jean-Juste and all political prisoners be released and enabled to participate in the elections. President Aristide and all political exiles be allowed to return to Haiti, and enabled to participate in the elections.

The people of Haiti, regardless of social class or place of residence, be given equal access to polling stations and equal opportunity to vote at the last election, there were over 10,000 polling stations; it is planned to hold the next election with 600.

The votes shall be recorded and counted in an open and transparent manner. All state forces and all forces and representatives of the United Nations shall be charged with ensuring that the elections are conducted in a peaceful atmosphere.

Above all, the violent repression directed mainly at the Famni Lavalas party by the interim government of Gérard Latortue must cease. This repression has been documented in Human Rights reports by Amnesty International and others. We believe that the elections should not be held unless and until these conditions are met. If the interim government is unable or unwilling to help create these conditions, it should resign.

Seán Crowe
Martin Ferris
John Gormley
Finian McGrath
Arthur Morgan
Caoimhín O Caoláin
Aongus O Snodaigh
David Norris


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House of Representatives Votes to Block Arms Transfers to Brutal Haitian Police:
Foreign Aid Bill Includes Lee Measure to Ban Arms to Haiti

Press Release from Congresswoman Barbara Lee
Ninth Congressional District of California
U.S. House of Representatives

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release Contact: Nathan Britton
11/04/05 (202) 225-2661


Foreign Aid Bill Includes Lee Measure to Ban Arms to Haiti


(Washington, DC) - The House today approved a foreign aid spending measure that included an amendment by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) that bans the sale and transfer of arms for use by the Haitian National Police and requires a State Dept. report on the involvement of Haitian police in criminal activity."The people of Haiti remain targets of political violence, torture and in some cases murder, and too often the perpetrators of this violence are the Haitian National Police, armed with US weapons free of charge," said Lee. "This amendment is necessary in the effort to restore democracy. Haiti desperately needs humanitarian assistance, and sending weapons only exacerbates Haiti's struggle with violence and the criminal activity within the Haitian National Police Force."

Lee's amendment, which was included in the FY 2006 Foreign Operations Appropriations Conference Report, prohibits all arms transfers and sales by the State Department for use by the Haitian National Police and requires an investigation into implications of senior and rank-and-file members in corruption, kidnappings, and narcotics-trafficking, as documented by the State Department's International Narcotics Control Strategy Reports. Since 2004, as many as 3,000 weapons have been transferred to Haiti free of charge from the United States, and in all probability have gone to arm the Haitian National Police force. The United Nations and human rights groups have expressed concern about the involvement of Haitian police in political violence and human rights abuses.The bill was approved by a vote of 358-39 and now awaits approval in the Senate before going to the White House and becoming law.

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Nathan BrittonCommunications DirectorOffice of Congresswoman Barbara Lee1724 Longworth House Office Bldg.ph 202 225-2661
fax 202 225-9817


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Those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it:
See, the first US occupation and administration of Haiti and how, then too, President Wilson of the US called the US. marines exploits on behalf of New York bankers and multinationals, an exercize in "civilizing" and "developing" the "corrupt,," "failed" and "inept" blacks of Haiti....
Charlemagne Pèralte Speaks!

- Inquiry into Occupation and Administration of Haiti," The U.S. Senate Investigates the Haitian Occupation interview Haitians about marine conduct in the guerrilla war against Haitian resistance.

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See Also:

Conclusions and Recommendations by the Commitee of Six Disinterested Americans

The People Were Very Peaceable": The U.S. Senate Investigates the Haitian Occupation

The Truth about Haiti: An NAACP Investigation
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- HLLN's position of the sham elections
Standing on Truth, Living without Fear: HLLN's position on foreign-sponsored elections under coup d'etat, dictatorship and occupation | Haitian Perspectives by Marguerite Laurent, October 31, 2005

- HLLN's responds regarding position taken on sham elections,Windowsonhaiti
There are no free rides
http://www.haitiforever.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=12214#12214

- “We’re Not Participating In Selections!” Says Haitians in Haiti
(May 27, 2005) Ezili Danto Witness Project

- NY Fanmi Lavalas denounces Marc Bazin and his renegade Fanmi Lavalas acolytes

- Condemn Sham Elections in Haiti



“Be true to the highest within your soul and then allow yourself to be governed by no customs or conventionalities or arbitrary man-made rules that are not founded on principle.”
Ralph Waldo Trine

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Boycott Disney and the ABC Network
(Support HLLN's Campaign 5)

(in 1990)"...Haitians, through the ballot box, rebelled against their neocolonial status. They rebelled against a racist world economy that locked them into the role of producers instead of consumers. Under Aristide, they wanted to complete what they began in 1803 – joining the world community as equals. If Haiti, as the hemisphere’s poorest nation, was successful in escaping from their international debt and seizing control of their own destiny, it could prove to be as devastating to the global sweatshop economy as Haiti’s first revolution was to the slave trade.......

"...the new (US-imposed Miami) government also, as one of its first acts in office, cut Haiti’s minimum wage by 50%, from about $3.60 for a 12 hour day, down to $1.60. This is a big perk for Haitian-American Andre Apaid, owner of numerous Haitian garment manufacturing plants making cheap wares for American companies such as Disney, owner of the ABC network. ABC joined the US corporate media in selling this American citizen as a legitimate leader of Haiti’s “civil resistance” to the popular Aristide Government. "Our nasty little racist war in Haiti by Michael I. Niman, June 7, 2004 | Source: http://coldtype.net/Grip.04.html
(Scroll down to 7 June 2004)

 
 
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