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URGENT ACTION REQUESTED - Sample Letters attached

April 21, 2005 (See HLLN updated Action Alert on Site Soley, June 2006)

Demand a Stop to the killings in Site Soley
Please send appeals immediately

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The U.N. officials are under a lot of pressure from the U.S.-backed
anti-Lavalas government to “pacify” Lavalas areas no matter what the cost.

After the death of Labanye on March 30, 2005, UN offensives in Site
Soley has resulted in the slaughter of countless unarmed civilians from
babies to grandparents to the handicapped. According to human rights
organizations, the authorities only count documented cases of death,
ignoring those put in body bags and hauled away in ambulances following the
U.N.'s trail of corpes, or those wounded and kidnapped never to be seen
again.

The U.N. just announced more imminent offensives in Site Soley. We
need to pressure the UN to respect its mandate to protect civilians.

The killings at Site Soley by soldiers from the U.N., an organization
that purportedly is the universal guarantor of human rights, must stop.

Demand JUSTICE, not summary executions for Haitians suspected of
wrongdoings. Tell the U.N. to stop slaughtering Haitians in Site Soley!!!!

Please call, fax, e-mail:

UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)
PHONE: 011.509.244.9650.9660
FAX: 011.509.244.9366/67
Or, Office of General Secretary (New York) – Fax
212.963.4879

E-mail and call, in particular, Mahamane Cisse-Gouro, Human Rights
Adviser, UN, 403-4012 / 527-5274, cisse-gouro@un.org.

(cc: any of the contact information compiled below) But call or e-mail
often and follow-up with the caller to be sure your message is not
shrugged off. Bcc the Haitian Lawyers Leadership at Erzilidanto@yahoo.com )

Demand justice for the people of Site Soley. Demand a stop to U.N. and
Haitian police summary executions. Tell MINUSTHA that the summary
execution of civilians and unarmed or disarmed prisoners is a criminal act
under both Haitian and international laws.

All suspects ought to be arrested and brought up on charges, not
summarily executed. The U.N. should not put at risk the lives of over 300,000
innocent Haitian civilians living in Site Soley in order to arrest,
Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme, ONE MAN suspected of wrongdoings. A man many people
in Site Soley insist is not a criminal but their hero – their Chalermagne Peralte!

The people in the poor neighborhoods of Haiti ask: What charges does
the Coup d’etat authorities have against Emmanuel Dread Wilme, other than
that he protected the weak when they couldn’t protect themselves from
Labanye? How does the U.N. know of Wilme’s guilt without an
investigation where he is allowed to state his case? The majority in Site Soley
and throughout Haiti, say that Dread Wilme is not a gangster, but an
effective organizer who helped the community defend themselves against
street thugs like Labanye, the murderous Haitian police and former
soldiers. They remember how Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme, along with others in Site Soley, called MINUSTHA, called the Haitian authorities, in vain, to ask
for help against Labanye who was killing Lavalas supporters, since
February 29, 2004 and before, in Site Soley. Forcing them on the ground
and shooting them in the head under a U.S. flag. See the Miami Law Center
Report:http://www.law.miami.edu/news/368.html

The STABILITY the U.S./U.N. mission is ushering in Site Soley is
nothing less than the “STABILITY OF THE CEMETERY”.

DO SOMETHING. Call, fax, e-mail immediately. Please help us save the
people of Site Soley from this retribution.

They have nowhere to go and they are being attacked and killed in their
own homes by U.N. soldiers pressured by the Bush Administration to hold
up regime change at all cost. Even at the cost of the wholesale denial
of JUSTICE.

Marguerite Laurent, Esq.
Founder and Chair,
Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
April 21, 2005


BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

The Issue of Disarmament: The Lie about MINUTSAH's current disarmament
efforts in Site Soley

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UN/US lack of credibility: The purported reasons for the U.N.
“operations” in Site Soley that is indiscriminately taking the lives of so many
Haitians is for the people's own “protection”, for, that is,
DISARMAMENT. But see the SMALL ARMS SURVEY report shows the hypocrisy of the
U.S’s “disarmament” pleas for Haiti. It clearly indicates that most of the
illegal arms in Haiti are from the United States and especially
Florida. The report highlights the role of US covert agencies have played in
contributing to arms proliferation in Haiti. But most importantly, the
report points out that the number of private weapons in the hands of
popular organizations or the so-called gangs supporting pro-democracy
groups is far lower than initially thought and that MOST private gun
ownership is actually concentrated in the hands of Haiti’s wealthy
bourgeoisie – those supporting the coup d’etat people. The Harvard report shows
the human rights abuses and failures of the U.N. troops to fulfill
their mandate in Haiti since they arrived in Haiti. It maintained the UN
troops in Haiti were not only complicit in Haitian police abuses, but
that there were "credible allegations of human rights abuses perpetrated
by MINUSTAH itself".

A few days ago U.N. officials reported that 20 “gangsters” were killed
in Site Soley by MINUSTHA, yet, doctors who saw the bodies, say they
saw old men, women and children dead. Thus far, we have irrefutable
proof in the form of pictures that the people of Site Soley had to bury a
five-month pregnant woman, a two-year-old child, a seven year old, and
a fifteen-year girl on her way to the store for her mother. These
civilians have nowhere to go. Site Soley is their HOME. They are being
attacked in their homes. These attacks started the day after the death, on
March 30, 2005, of a Latortue/Apaid-backed thug named Labanye, whom the
Haitian police, MINUSTHA troops and Group 184 protected and paid to
establish a reign of terror in popular neighborhoods.

According to people from Site Soley, Labanye, who sometimes was even
given a police uniform and escort, has for one solid year, been given
official license to just slaughter the people of Site Soley on behalf
of the Coup d’etat supporters, in order to stop the calls for the return
of President Aristide. (See the Miami Law Center Report on the issue
of Labanye’s ties to Latortue’s Haitian police and Andre Apaid,
Jr./Group 184 at: http://www.law.miami.edu/news/368.html )

Out of the thousands upon thousands of deaths recorded in Haiti since
February 2004, Labanye’s death is the only one mourned publicly by
Latortue. Labanye was killed by his own lieutenants. And, it seems that in
the absence of Labanye, there’s no one to keep the people of Site Soley
from more freely expressing their desire for the return to
Constitutional rule. Thus, the United States Ambassador to Haiti, James Foley along
with Group 184 spokesperson, Charles Henry Baker, gave clear signal by
declaring a connection between Grenn Sonnen, Ravix and Emmanuel Dread
Wilme. A connection Dread Wilme has denied. (See, April 4, 2005 Radio
Lakou New York interview with Dread Wilme in our last e-mail)

Foley and Baker appear to have established themselves as investigator,
judge, and jury while designating the U.N. soldiers and Haitian Police
as executioners. The verdict according to the Foley/Baker tandem:
guilty and the sentence is death. Thus, they are guaranteeing revenge for
Labanye, the slaughter of many Aristide supporters and the intimidation
that will bring the stability of a cemetery.

It is no coincidence, that it was only after March 31, 2005, the day
following Labanye’s death that MINUSTHA, took over from where Labanye,
the ex-military soldiers and paramilitaries left off. As of March 31,
2005, MINUSTHA simply stopped providing fire-power cover to the murderous
Haitian police and began slaughtering Haitian civilians directly in
Site Soley.

The pretext for these war-tanks entering Site Soley given by the U.N.
is to “disarm bandits.” Yet, there have only been reports of killings.
No weapons have been reportedly confiscated by U.N. troops from Site Soley.
Indeed, Haitian journalists never miss-out on an opportunity to
ask that the arms taken from these “so called bandits” be presented as
proof. They have yet to see one! In fact, the whole idea of disarmament
solely being conducted in Site Soley, Bel Air or the populous
neighborhoods of Haiti, is the height of hypocrisy and testimony to the blatant
oppression of Haiti’s poor by the Coup d’etat enforcers. Latest reports
indicate, for instance, that it is the Bush Administration that is
selling arms to the murderous Haitian police in spite of the documented
human rights abuses against the Haitian poor and the arms embargo. Also,
according to Rober Mugghah's Small Weapons Survey report, most of the
weapons in Haiti are not concentrated in the popular neighborhoods. Most
of the small arms in Haiti belong to the Coup d’etat enforcers and the
Haitian bourgeoisie.

Killing is not the answer in Haiti. Justice and democracy is. The U.N.
was sent to Haiti to avoid a bloodbath, to stop the killings, not to
carry out its own bloodbath as they are doing right now in Site Soley.

See also:

Bush Administration 'Broke its own embargo to sell arms to Haiti police'-
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=630156 ;

U.S. Funnels $7Million in Arms to Haiti's Puppet Regime, Death Squads
http://auto_sol.tao.ca/node/view/1303 ;

Failures of MINUSTHA: The Harvard Law School Report

http://www.margueritelaurent.com/campaigns
/campaignone/human_rights_reports/harvard.html

;
Small Arms Survey report:
http://www.smallarmssurvey.org/publications/occasional.htm ;

MATTERS ABOUT THE BI-CENTENNIAL COUP TO BE INVESTIGATED

http://www.margueritelaurent.com/law/matterstoinvestigage.html ; and,

UN Security Council Goes to Haiti to stop Calls for Resignation of the
Latortue Regime and support U.N. troop accused of a failed mission and
of conducting summary executions -

http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/securitycouncilgoeshaiti.html
and,

Human Rights Investigation Calls Haiti “More Violent and More Inhuman”;
Report Documents U.S. Role in Chaotic Interim Government

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0129-28.htm

Download CSHR report at:
http://www.law.miami.edu/news/368.html
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CONTACT INFORMATION:

Please call, e-mail and fax letters the officials listed below and your
local and national media.
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UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)
PHONE: 011.509.244.9650.9660
FAX: 011.509.244.9366/67

Address MINUSTHA letters individually to:

Mr. Juan Gabriel Valdes, Kofi Annan's Special UN Envoy to Haiti

Lt. General Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira, UN Military Commander
in Haiti

Mahamane Cisse-Guoro , UN Human Rights Office in Haiti

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THE UNITED NATIONS:
Fax No. (212) 963-4879
Hon. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General
United Nations
United Nations Headquarters
First Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY 10017
212-963-5012
inquiries@un.org
Fax No. (212) 963-4879
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U.S. Ambassador to Haiti: James B. Foley

Fax: U.S. Embassy, Port-au-Prince - 011-509-223-9038 or
011-509-223-1641

Call: U.S. Embassy, Port-au-Prince - 011-509-223-4711
State Department Haiti Desk, Washington
202 -647-2901

Anthony Beaver/John Mariz, State Department Haiti Desk - 202- 647-5088

Email: noriegarf@state.gov (Roger Noriega Assistant Secretary of State
for Western Hemisphere Affairs;

BanksD@state.gov (Dana Banks, Human Rights Officer, U.S. Embassy,
Port-au-Prince)

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Canadian Ambassador to Haiti, Claude Boucher

Embassy of Canada
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Telephone: (509) 249-9000
Fax: (509) 249-9920
Email: prnce@international.gc.ca



Ambassador of France in Haiti, M. Yves GAUDEUL

Embassy of France
51 place des Hèros de l'Independance - BP 312
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Telephone: (509) 222-0952
Fax : (509) 223 5675


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SEND COPIES TO AS MANY OF THESE PEOPLE AS YOU CAN including your
congressperson, local and national media (See contact for local & National
media at:
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/contactinformation/local-national-media.html

; U.S. congress at:
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/contactinformation/uscongress.html
)
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Haiti's regime:
Me. Henri Dorlèans
Minister of Justice and Public Safety
19 Ave. Charles Sumner
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

c/o Embassy of the Republic of Haiti - Washington, DC
Fax 202 745-7215
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African Union Headquaters

P.O. Box 3243
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia
Tel: (251) 1 51 77 00
Fax (251) 1 51 78 44
website: www.africa-union.org
email for President Alpha Oumar Konare: KonareAO@africa-union.org
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CARICOM & OAS


Call, e-mail, fax and write CARICOM: 011-592-226-9280,
webmaster@caricom.org

Call, e-mail, fax and/or write Huntley Medley, Public Relations
Consultant, Office of the Secretary-General, Tel: (592) -226-9280-9 or
227-4671 , Email: hmedley@caricom.org.

cc: OAS Leinaudi@oas.org, HunterJ14@aol.com,
gunter.burghardt@cec.eu.int, AntBar@oas.org, Argentina@oas.org,
Bahamas@oas.org, Barbados@oas.org, Belize@oas.org, Bolivia@oas.org,
Brazil@oas.org, Canada@oas.org, Chile@oas.org, Colombia@oas.org,
Costa-Rica@oas.org, Dominica@oas.org, Ecuador@oas.org,
ElSalvador@oas.org, Grenada@oas.org, Guatemala@oas.org, Guyana@oas.org,
Haiti@oas.org, Honduras@oas.org, Jamaica@oas.org, Mexico@oas.org,
Nicaragua@oas.org, Panama@oas.org, Paraguay@oas.org, Peru@oas.org,
Republica-Dominicana@oas.org, StKitt&Nevis@oas.org, StLucia@oas.org,
StVnG@oas.org, Suriname@oas.org, TnT@oas.org, Uruguay@oas.org,
USA@oas.org, Venezuela@oas.org, vze4ksd@verizon.net

cc: African Union:
Chairman of the African Union (AU), President Alpha Oumar Konare:
KonareAO@africa-union.

********SAMPLE LETTER #1 -- MINUSTHA must respect human rights in Haiti
(See, New Sample Letter #1 written after July 6, 2005 slaughter and summary execution of Dred Wilme, his wife, child, more than 23 others and at least 27 wounded, see also: HLLN's Open Letter)

Hon. Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General
By Fax: 212.963.4879

Cc:
UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)
c/o Office of UN General Secretary (New York)
By Fax: 212.963.4879

UN Human Rights Adviser Mahamane Cisse-Gouro
By e-mail: cisse-gouro@un.org.

U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, James B. Foley
by Fax 011-509-223-9038 or 011-509-223-1641

Canadian Ambassador to Haiti, Claude Boucher
by Fax: (509) 249-9920
by Email: prnce@international.gc.ca

Ambassador of France in Haiti, M. Yves GAUDEUL
by Fax : (509) 223 5675



( ______) __, 2005

Dear Mr. Secretary General,

MINUSTHA Troops are currently operating in Haiti in an environment where there is no functioning legitimate government. The mission they are officially charged with is peacekeeping, but they are under pressure from powerful forces to do more, and they are increasingly in a position which puts their own lives in danger, and which endangers the lives of the people they are intended to protect.

Specifically, The tragic events at Petit Goave that occurred on Sunday March 20, 2005, which resulted in four deaths and more than a dozen wounded, demonstrate that military tactics are only serving to escalate the bloodshed. Furthermore, the cases of Mr. Grenn Sonen and Mr. Remissainthe Ravix are especially troubling in that both men, who had been previously welcomed at Latortue’s National Palace, were killed by MINUSTHA when they stopped supporting the Coup d'etat government. This at the very least undermines relations with the Haitian public, many of whom who now see UN forces more as mercenaries than peacekeepers.

Underlying all of this is the fact that the summary execution of civilians and unarmed or disarmed prisoners is a criminal act under both Haitian and international laws. The participation of MINUSTHA in extra-judiciary killings and warrantless arrests followed by unlimited detentions at the request of an illegitimate government whose main goal appears to be murder and oppression of the supporters of the previous government seems to leave little possibility for any legal justification.

Today, there is another operation being conducted in which the lives and the rights of Haitian citizens are endangered, rather than protected by MINUSTHA troops. A manhunt is under way in the neighborhood of Site Soley, for a man named Emmanuel Dread Wilme. My concern is that the MINUSTHA forces will again be involved in a firefight, causing the deaths of innocent bystanders, in an exercise which can only be perceived of as an act of revenge carried out on behalf of the beleaguered defacto regime.

I urge you to stop the collaboration of MINUSTHA troops with the defacto regime’s brutal oppression. Protect the citizens of poor neighborhoods and the Lavalas organizers and activists. The UN can be a positive force in Haiti only by ending the cycle of revenge, not by assisting one side in their attempts to totally annihilate the other.


Sincerely ,

Name:_____________
Location:___________(ie.Spring Valley, NY)
Email ____________

(See, New Sample Letter #1 writtten after July 6, 2005 slaughter and summary execution of Dred Wilme, his wife, child, more than 23 others and at least 27 wounded, see also: HLLN's Open Letter)

SAMPLE LETTER #2

Mahamane Cisse-Gouro, UN Human Rights Adviser
UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)
By e-mail: cisse-gouro@un.org
by FAX: 011.509.244.9366/67
PHONE: 403-4012 / 527-5274 or, 011.509.244.9650.9660

Cc:
UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)
c/o Office of UN General Secretary (New York)
Hon. Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General
By Fax: 212.963.4879

Ambassador James B. Foley, U.S. Embassy, Port-au-Prince
By fax: - 011-509-223-9038 or 011-509-223-1641

Email: noriegarf@state.gov (Roger Noriega Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs; BanksD@state.gov (Dana Banks, Human Rights Officer, U.S. Embassy, Port-au-Prince)

Toussaint Kongo-Doudou, Chief of Communications, United Nations Support Mission To Haiti
by e-mail: kongo-doudou@un.org

African Union, President Alpha Oumar Konare
Email: KonareAO@africa-union.org

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Dear Mahamane Cisse-Gouro

Please see to it that the killings of people of Cite Soliel
are stopped. Justice is one thing if and when a person has
done wrong.

The mass killings in Site Soley of innocent civilians are an abomination and a
slur on the U.N. and those of us who have always supported the U.N., believing that only true justice
and true compassion on the part of an international body can bring peace to our world.

Since the U.N. offensive which started after Labanye's death on March 30, 2005, the people of Site Soley have to bury a five-month pregnant woman, a two-year-old child, a seven year old, and a fifteen-year girl on her way to the store for her mother. These civilians have nowhere to go. Site Soley is their HOME. They are being mowed down by U.N. bullets in their homes. ENOUGH BLOOD. The U.N. was sent to Haiti to avoid a bloodbath not initiate one in the course of its peacekeeping operations. Summary
execution of civilians and unarmed or disarmed prisoners is a criminal act under both Haitian and international laws.

All suspects ought to be arrested and brought up on charges, not summarily executed. The U.N. ought to compensate the families of the civilians in Site Soley and throughout Haiti who they have wrongfullly killed.

The Harvard report shows the human rights abuses and failures of the U.N. troops to fulfill
its mandate in Haiti since arriving in Haiti. It maintained the UN troops in Haiti were not only complicit in Haitian police abuses, but that there were "credible allegations of human rights abuses perpetrated
by MINUSTAH itself". This must stop begining with preserving the lives and freedoms of the people in Site Soley and throughout Haiti the U.N. was sent to protect.

Sincerely,

(Name:____________
Address:
Phone: ______________)

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SAMPLE LETTERS

Hon. James B. Foley
United States Ambassador to Haiti
United States Embassy
Boulevard Harry Truman
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Dear Ambassador Foley:

U.N troops have cordoned off the entrance to Site Soley. More than 300, 000 of the poorest people on earth are now locked-down in their own communites, their own homes, with nowhere to go. Many unarmed civilians and suspects have been summarily executed. The summary execution of civilians, unarmed or disarmed prisoners is a criminal act under both Haitian and international laws. This, is in contradiction of the U.N. mandate to protect civilians and bring stability and security to Haiti.

It's in violation of international law, the U.N. mandate, the guarantees enshrined in the United States' legal tradition as well as in Haiti's Constitution. I urge you to use all of the United States' considerable influence with the interim Haitian government and U.N. authorities to make sure the people's
guarantee of life and freedom of movement are immediately protected and that the U.N. and the Haitian police use all precautions not to unnecessarily restrict or endanger the lives of the people of Site Soley in their disarmanent operations.

Sincerely,

(Name:____________
Address:
Phone: ______________)


Fax to: U.S. Embassy, Port-au-Prince - 011-509-223-9038 or 011-509-223-1641
State Department Haiti Desk, Washington - 202 -647-2901

Call: U.S. Embassy, Port-au-Prince - 011-509-223-4711
Anthony Beaver/John Mariz, State Department Haiti Desk - 202- 647-5088

Email: noriegarf@state.gov (Roger Noriega Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs; BanksD@state.gov (Dana Banks, Human Rights Officer, U.S. Embassy, Port-au-Prince)

SEND COPIES TO AS MANY OF THESE PEOPLE AS YOU CAN
_____________________________________________________________________

Fax No. (212) 963-4879
Hon. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General
United Nations
United Nations Headquarters
First Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY 10017

Dear Secretary-General Annan:


The UN Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, works closely with the Haitian police, often providing support for arrests that are made without a warrant. MINUSTAH's role in Haiti, its participation in arrest operations, and the UN's historical role in promoting human rights globally, all, place an obligation on you and on MINUSTAH to ensure that suspected wrongdoers are afforded justice and benefit from the basic guarantees of the Universal Declaration and the Haitian Constitution.

U.N troops have cordoned off the entrance to Site Soley. More than 300, 000 of the poorest people on earth are now locked-down in their own communites, their own homes, dodging tear gas, U.N. tanks and bullets with nowhere to go. This is in contradiction of the U.N. mandate to protect civilians and bring stability and security to Haiti.

It's in violation of the basic guarantees of the Universal Declaration, the U.N. mandate, the guarantees enshrined in the Haiti's Constitution. I urge you to use all of the U.N.'s considerable influence with the interim Haitian government to make sure the people's
guarantee of life and freedom of movement are immediately protected and that the U.N. and the Haitian police use all precautions not to unnecessarily restrict or endanger the lives of the people of Site Soley in their disarmanent operations.

Accordingly, I urge you to use all of your considerable influence with the interim Haitian government and the international community to ensure the safety of the people in Site Soley.

Sincerely,
________________________

(Name:____________
Address:
Phone: ______________)

With Copies to: kongo-doudou@un.org (Toussaint Kongo-Doudou, Chief of Communications, United Nations Support Mission To Haiti)

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Haiti Action Call Out by Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (Forwarded Mail-Ezili/HLLN Listserve) Reed Lindsay's misleading article on Dred Wilmè emboldens the rabid UN hunt to assassinate Emmanuel Dred Wilmè, May 4, 2005

HLLN Friends,

The people of Cite Soleil still need our attention:

Thank you to all who wrote letters to demand a stop of the summary execution of Haitians by the U.N. Troops in Cite Soleil and elsewhere throughout Haiti. The people are still getting slaughtered by U.N. bullets and tanks in Cite Soleil, please continue to send out your appeals:

See our SAMPLE LETTER (attached below) TO U.N. Denouncing the killing and summary executions in Cite soleil. - MINUSTHA must respect human rights in Haiti.

*
Reed Lindsay:
R. Linsay's article denies Haitians the right to self-defense & Please denounce U.N. slaughter in Site Soleil

In a May 3, 2004 article, entitled "Haitian gangs unite, renew violence" published by the Washington Times, Reed Linsday myopically reduces the instability, human rights abuses, torture, disappearance, illegal arrests and grief of Haitians due to the U.S./Canada/France 2004 bi-centennial coup d'etat to an issue of "scorched-earth gang warfare" and Black male rape in Cite Soleil.

Lindsay writes that: "(Cite Soleil) Residents complain that the gangs, now unified, continue to kill, rape, rob and extort in its alleys, out of sight of U.N. peacekeepers, who rarely leave the main avenues or the safety of their white armored vehicles."

According to Lindsay's article (See article copied below) Labanye was merely the "unspoken" ally of Latortue and Apaid. This spin, muting Labanye's real function and relationship in Cite Soleil on behalf of Latortue - who publicly lamented Labanye's death, and no one else?s in Cite Soleil to date; this deliberate Lindsay half-truth is merely one of the many and cumulative small spins and half-truths buried in real hard facts and dished-up in Lindsay's objectionable article. (See, the Miami Law Center Report on the question of Labanye and the Boston area of Cite Soleil's close, direct and personal connections to the Coup d'etat police, attaches and sweatshop kingpin, Apaid).


The article is disjointed but still uniformly manages to put in its unsubstantiated zingers (i.e."Some say Mr. Wilme's gang and Mr. Robinson's now-defunct anti-Aristide group were equally brutal") as a DIRECT attack against Dread Wilme to dehumanize and justify Wilme's killing (summary execution) and the hunt for such other "gangsters" by U.N. troops in Cite Soleil.

Despite the sprinkling of quotes from pro-democracy advocates - HLLN's partner Evel Fanfan and from victims - in the article, stating Haiti/Cite Soleil is much worse because of the Coup d'etat and MINUSTHA's killings, arbitrary, warrantless arrests and restricting of the people's freedom to associated and freely live peacefully in their own homes, Reed's article still manages to shift the focus away from what really ails Cite Soleil and Haiti.

The article, which makes absolutely no mention of the numerous U.N. rapes of Haitian women since their arrival to Haiti; said article, in its totality, ends up selectively extrapolating data, cleverly spinning them to basically instruct and inform the unsuspecting reader that Haiti's main problem is gang warfare, chimeres - bandits- and Black male rape of Haitian women in Cite Soleil.


Mr. Lindsay has written a few overall accurate articles in the past on Haiti. We have even commended some of his reporting. But, that is not to say HLLN did not take into account the general lack of perspective, context, allowed for the learning curve for new journalist to Haiti, or noticed that Reed Lindsay mostly publishes in the ultra, right wing, Washington Times, owned by Sun Yung Moon. Perhaps this is a fluke, irrelevant. Or, perhaps, like the rest of the mainstream press that has mostly relegated the Bi-centennial Coup d'etat to "Haitian infighting," Reed's true colors are just starting to show and he shall, from now on, crank out the regular Coup d'etat "Kill all the Haitian Bandits" line.

Time will tell.

What the Network does know for sure, is that the Black women of Cite Soleil urgently want the world to know their children are not bandits and all Haitians are people and deserve justice.

The women and mothers of Cite Soleil, their community leaders and lawyers want HLLN to correct the record and CLEARLY let the world know that their most pressing problem is the indiscriminate killing of Cite Soleil men, women and children, especially the mass arrest of Haitian men and boys by MINUSTHA troops This MINUSTHA human rights abuses have exacerbated since the death of Labanye.

Their greatest sufferings and predicaments are due, right now, to their inability to freely travel around in their own community without being shot by a U.N. bullet.

They are traumatized by the 4 a.m. U.N. raids, sirens, the tear gases thrown into their makeshift homes at any time of the day; the increased joblessness and high price of food since the Coup D'etat; the U.N.'s murderous sweeps in all the populous neighborhoods to arrest, kill and hunt down their Black sons - sentient beings who are presumed to be "supporter of Lavalas" and thus dubbed as "bandits, "gangster" (like Reed does in his article), animals subject to summary execution not respect or justice.

The issue in Cite Soleil and Haiti today, the women we talked to say, is the loss of their Constitutional government, the killing and disappearing of unarmed demonstrators (their sons, brothers, fathers, uncles and husbands) protesting the Latortue government and his police, ex-soldiers and their civilian attaches. These, the current Haitian police, illegitimate Latortue government, their ex-soldiers, civilian attaches like Labanye and their U.S./Canada/France backers, the poor in Cite Soleil say, not their mostly unarmed, defenseless and hunted-down sons, living in Cite Soleil, Bel Air, Aux Cayes, Cap Haitien, et al, are the most lethal gangsters in Haiti today.

HLLN shall try to have links to interviews and affidavits, from the people of Cite Soleil, Bel Air and throughout Haiti, speaking for themselves, up on the Internet for public viewing (with English translation) as part of our May 18, 2005 international solidarity "Dessaline Is Rising" event.

(See: Dessalines Is Rising Worldwide - May 18, 2005 International solidarity day with Haiti at www.margueritelaurent.com | Link to acdagy initiative is HERE)

But for advance and accurate information, where people of Cite Soleil, speak for themselves, about their misery and not through Lindsay's or anyone else's prisms, please look at "Dred Wilme Speaks" on our website at: and this interview today, in Kreyol, of a lawyer of the MINUSTHA victims in Haiti and five mothers from Cite Soleil, who will themselves tell you that their most pressing problem is that their children are in jail, have not ever seen a judge, have no hope of being released, were all arrested by MINUSTHA while in their own homes, some where even arrested while sleeping. The mothers don't have money to feed them in jail, to lose their help at home and that this Coup d'etat oppression has made their ability to live more miserable than ever. Download(or go to www.lakounewyork.com and click on the Philadelphia May 4th, 2005 program.

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Go to our Urgent Action Alert to stop the Summary Executions of Haitians by U.N.Troops in Cite Soleil:
(See HLLN updated Action Alert on Site Soley, June 2006) We attach a sample letter for your use and information below.

Please continue sending your letters out. It is making a difference and saving the lives of the "wretched," as Fanon says, of the earth. Haitians continue to demand JUSTICE while the Bush administration keeps their U.N proxies hailing bullets and spewing disrespect for a Haitian's right to self-determination, self-defense and self-respect.

Say no to this U.S. government's de-humanization of the poor in Haiti not just Iraq. Go to our website and take action against the slow killing of Yvon Neptune, the slaughter in Cite Soleil, the merciless hunt and dehumanization of all poor Haitian males calling for the return of President Aristide, especially as just outlined in Reed Lindsay's misleading article.

Help the Haitian Lawyers Leadership tell the story of the Haitian people today. Circulate our post and let the world know: It is NOT Black-on-Black Haitian infighting, lack of competence or street crime in Cite Soleil that is responsible for the MASSIVE human rights abuses, disenfranchisement of almost 9-million Blacks, in Haiti today. It is the work of the political gangsters, in three piece suits in Washington, their Haitian restavek sweatshop kingpins in alliance with the global elite and their economic hit men at USAID, IMF, World Bank, European Union, et al. Haitians are not savages who indiscriminately rape their women as Mr. Lindsay Reed and his informants would have us believe. As HLLN legal partner in Haiti, Evel Fanfan has pointed out, the problem in Haiti is that the Latortue regime has only brought to Haiti: "systematic violations of human rights: illegal and arbitrary arrests; extended and improper detentions and summary executions."


Cite Soleil contains perhaps upwards of half-a-million people, there is no POLICE force there, except the Coup d'etat sort that would hire a Labanye. How much crime would there be in a U.S. city of that size with no police or recognized government in the country?

Don't believe the hype or be distracted from the issue of occupation and colonialism in Haiti right now. Lindsay's voyeurism is not REPORTING. Masturbating on the pain and trust of the people of Bel Air and Cite Soleil is not REPORTING. Spewing out the facts of Haitian criminality out of context is bad journalism. It does not point out that this extreme lawlessness and bloodbath was brought to Haiti by three-piece suited and well-fed gangsters who are presidents and prime ministers of the world's most powerful countries.
A U.S.-backed Haitian government, installed by the U.S. at gun-point, which took power by killing people, killing justice and killing truth and which maintains its rule through killing, is Haiti PRIMARY problem today.

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Yvon Neptune and Release of all Haiti's political prisoners:


For instance, we point to all the political prisoners of conscience such as, Sò Anne, Jacques Mathelier, Amanus Mayette, Yvon "Zap Zap" Antoine, Prime Minister Neptune and thousands illegally arrested. We ask help from this world's lovers-of-liberty to save the life of Prime Minister Yvon Neptune. He has been incarcerated without charges for 10-months. The Latortue govenment, US and MINUSTHA seem to be well able to arrange for his trip into exile but not his trip to a court house to be judged. Why? Because the charges against Neptune can not be upheld in real court of law. For, after an investigation, the U.N. independent expert on human rights in Haiti, Louis Joinet, dismissed accounts of the massacre charge for which Yvon Neptune, Amanus Mayette and Interior Minister Privert are being held. Prime Minister Neptune, like all Haitians, don't want to be forced into exile to a foreign place, that's another sort of death. They want JUSTICE.
Please continue to call for a STOP to the mass rounds up, hunting down and killings of Haitians in Cite Soleil. MINUSTHA must respect human rights in Haiti. (See our sample letter below.)

Call now to demand the unconditional release of PM Neptune. Time is of the essence. His life is ebbing away. Demand a stop to the U.N./U.S. supervised killing that is occurring with Prime Minister Yvon Neptune simply so that the Bush Regime change adherents don't lose face:

http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/forcingneptune.html
See also: Attyn Laurent addresses the Yvon Neptune issue on Fanmi Lavalas Broadcast, Radio Soleil, May 1, 2005 (Recording made available - Courtesy of www.lakounewyork.com).

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Sign the petition demanding release of Yvon Neptune:
http://www.haitiechange.org/avis.htm
Marguerite Laurent
Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
May 4, 2005

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Also in this e-mail are four post:
1. Sample Letter - MINUSTHA must stop violating human rights in Haiti
2. The Haiti Democracy Project is not so Democratic
By Jeb Sprague, The Narcosphere
3. John Bolton's Role in Arming the Murderous Haitian Police under Latortue,
Ira Kurzban, Miami Herald
3. See also pdf file: Kathy Kelly writes "Remembering the Children:
Reflections and Connections on Haiti, Iraq, Palestine,
and USA." in the latest issue of the Blueprint for
Social Justice. - http://www.loyno.edu/twomey/blueprint/

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They will kill me. I am in hiding. I can no longer go home-Interview of Jean by Ezili Dantò, June 7, 2005

HLLN Recommended Links to honor Dred Wilmè on July 6, 2007, one year after his assassination by UN/US forces

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October 17, 2009 - Haiti's Holocaust and Middle Passage Continues

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International
Solidarity Day Pictures & Articles
May 18, 2005
Pictures and Articles Witness Project
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Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme - on "Wanted poster" of suspects wanted by the Haitian police.
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Community
Leader,
Emmanuel
"Dread" Wilme reported killed July 6, 2005

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Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme speaks:
Radio Lakou New York, April 4, 2005 interview with Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme
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Urgent Action
Alert- Demand a Stop to Killings
in Site Soley:

Background Info,
Sample letters and Contact information provided, April 21, 2005

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The
Crucifiction of
Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme,
a historical
perspective

Charlemagne Peralte - The old Bandit King of Haiti
* In 1919 the US murdered him and put the body on public display

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Urge the Caribbean Community to stand firm in not recognizing the illegal Latortue regime:

Selected CARICOM Contacts
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CARICOM
Email
Addresses
zilibutton Slide Show at the July 27, 2004 Haiti Forum Press Conference during the DNC in Boston honoring those who stand firm for Haiti and democracy; those who tell the truth about Haiti; Presenting the Haiti Resolution, and; remembering Haiti's revolutionary legacy in 2004 and all those who have lost life or liberty fighting against the Feb. 29, 2004 Coup d'etat and its consequences
     
 
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