from father Jean Juste from Jail
Action Alert: Demand Immediate Release of Fr. Gerard Jean Juste
- Urgent Action Alert,
Dec. 7, 2005: Recent December, 2005 medical report indicate life-threatening
disease of ilegally arrested and indefinitely detained Fr. Gerard Jean
Appeals for his immediate release
- Update on Father Gerard
Jean Juste, Dec. 1, 2005 from Bill Quigley
- Letter From Father Gerard
Jean Juste, National Penitentiary Annex, November 20, 2005
-August 23, 2005 Report updating
Father Jean Juste medical condition and Report by Bishop Thomas Gumbleton
and Johanna Berrigan on visit with Jean Juste
- Message to supporters from
Father Gerard Jean Juste
Updated report on Fr. Jean Juste's medical condition
and Report by Bishop Thomas Gumbleton and Johanna Berrigan of visit
on August 23, 2005 with Fr. Jean-Juste and all the political prisoners.
Update on Fr. Jean-Juste
Fr. Jean-Juste remains ill with injuries from his beating at the church
and swelling on both sides of neck and under arms. Johanna Berrigan,
a nurse practicioner from Philadelphia went to visit him today in Haiti
with Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit.
Johanna Berrigan was not allowed to bring in her medical equipment,
nor to conduct a real examination of Fr. Jean-Juste. The US Embassy
also went to visit Fr. Jean-Juste late last week with a physician, but
was also denied the opportunity to perform a medical examination. Please
keep the pressure on the US and Haitian governments to release Fr. Jean-Juste
the political prisoners. This is the report of today's visit.Report
by Bishop Thomas Gumbleton and Johanna Berrigan of visit on 8.23.05
with Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste in Haitian National Penitentiary:
Bishop Tom Gumbleton and Johanna Berrigan were able to visit with Fr.
Jean Juste for an hour today, Tuesday, August 23,2005. We met with him
in the courtyard of the National Penitentiary. He remains in a small
cell in isolation in a basement area. There is no light in his cell
which leaves him in darkness.
There is only one small light outside the cell. There is no room to
lie down, it is dirty and the smell is very bad. He had much to share
with us. He has not been allowed to have any visitors.
Fr. Jean Juste is spiritually strong, but he is physically not well.
He appears to have lost some
weight. He is clearly in pain. He said " since the beating, I am
suffering so much." He reports alot of pain in his neck. He attributes
this to the beating at the time of his arrest at the funeral. ( See
Bill Quigley's report of the beating and arrest). The swelling on both
sides of his neck is very obvious.
He is also swollen under his arms. He also suffered from some type of
skin rash due to a chemical that the guards sprayed on him that seems
to be getting better. Fr. Jean-Juste shared with us the details of the
accusations, harassment, and arrest. Although he was
the victim of abuse at the funeral where he was beaten, he is the one
prison rather than his
attackers. He was taken to jail on the pretense that it was for his
safety. He remains in prison on charges of " incendiary sermons"
and "public clamor, " which accused him of the murder of Jaques
Roches. Fr. Jean Juste was in Miami at the time of the murder.
He spent only minutes talking about his own condition, then he quickly
proceeded to tell us of
his concerns for the other prisoners. He said "the inhumanity is
something unbelievable, I discovered many injustices." Fr. Jean-Juste
shared with us that many have been arrested arbitrarily and on false
accusations. He is very concerned for the deportees who he says are
in a hopeless situation. They have been deported from the U. S., but
they have no representation. He spoke of the horrible treatment of the
prisoners who are mentally ill. They are receiving no treatment, just
Fr. Jean-Juste told us many prisoners are planning a hunger strike to
begin Thursday. The
demands of the political prisoners and detainees are:
1. Freedom for all political prisoners. 2. Freedom for all of the deportees
3. Respect for the rights of prisoners based on the U. N. charter for
4. Stop the arbitrary arrests and indefinite detention of prisoners.
5. Allow all prisoners to have Religious services according to their
6. Stop the beating and mistreatment of prisoners who are menatlly ill.
Pere Jean-Juste shared a story of one of the prisoners who is mentally
ill and being held naked under a very hot stairwell. Fr. Jean-Juste
said: "It hurts me so much to see this, please hear our call to
give justice to all."
Fr. Jean-Juste continues to be very determined to speak out against
all of the injustice. Fr. Jean-Juste stated that "the de facto
government are the real criminals as they are violating article 21 of
the Haitian Constitution. Instead of reform of justice in the penitentary
system, the de facto government is abusing their power. There is no
due process. Government officials are using state power to crush innocent
citizens. The weaker you are, the longer you stay. They forget you.
They don't even know your name. We are not protected
at all. Anybody in power can point a finger at you and you disappear."
"This government should go and the legitimate government should
be restored to power. All political prisoners should be released, there
should be respect for the human rights of all. I have hope in fighting
the system, I may at some point be released - for the other prisoners,
Finally, he said "Thanks to all of you who are working for my release.
I was so happy when I heard about the many letters that are pouring
in and about the letter signed by the Congress people. I was so happy
and that is what keeps me going. " He thanked us for the visit,
by the end of the visit he was smiling and said "It feels so good
for my soul to be out of
the dungeon even for a little while."
We ended our visit in a circle of prayer where Fr. Jean Juste thanked
God for all of us who are
working and helping him in doing God's work of peace and justice.
Letters and faxes calling for Fr. Jean-Juste's freedom are still coming
in for delivery to Haiti.
US Ambassador to Haiti
c/o Professor Bill Quigley
Loyola University School of Law
7214 St. Charles Avenue, Box 902
New Orleans, LA 70118
Please do everything in your power to persuade the unelected Haiti goverment
to release Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste from the Haitian National Prison. Fr.
Jean-Juste does not even have any written chanrges against him and has
laready spent more than a month in prison. Fr. Jean-Juste has been identified
as a Prisoner of Conscience by Amnesty International, Human
Rights First and many other human rights organizations. I know the US
can help out. Please
help as soon as possible. Peace,
mail or fax 504.861.5440.
Message to Supporters from Fr. Jean-Juste
(Source: Bill Quiigley, Esq.)
August 23, 2005
Today is my 34th day in prison. I am innocent of all charges. I am in
prison with hundreds of others who are suffering.
To all the people who are working on my behalf, the stronger you make
me become through all of your prayers, actions and support, the more
I am able to serve my fellow prisoners, especially the many political
To the 29 Congress members who wrote and to the many citizens of nations
around the world, I say to you - your nations become greater as you
extend a hand to me and the poor people I serve.
The more I am able to be strong despite my illnesses and my time in
prison, the more I am able to serve the poor of our nation Haiti.
Your letters and advocacy bring me and many others more hope. I thank
you for all you are doing.
Gerard Jean-Juste, Haitian National Penitentiary
Father Jean Juste, National Penitentiary Annex
November 20, 2005
Dear Friends, Peace & Justice Lovers, Brothers & Sisters:
Allow me to reach you with this quick note. Since four months I have
been in jail. As you know, I was arbitrarily arrested after a mob had
maltreated me and also my volunteer lawyer, Bill Quigley. Arrest first
and then look for a charge, depending on the weather. You may know the
whole story by now.
I catch this opportunity (jailing) to keep advocating strongly for the
respect of everyone’s human rights, particularly the political
prisoners, mostly from the Fanmi Lavalas Party.
Meanwhile I have done my best with the help of so many of you in Haiti
and abroad (mostly USA) to keep the St. Claire’s Church running.
To joke, I use my remote control from jail and so far St. Claire’s
is still in good shape, providing religious and social services to all.
Thanks to Margaret Trost, President of the What If Foundation, St Claire’s
is feeding the neediest four
days a week. Over 700 persons eat regularly. The kidnapping of our head
cook, who was later released, shocked us. In spite of all difficulties,
and persecution, we are holding on. I keep encouraging the brothers
and sisters of St. Claire’s, Miami Veye-Yos, the lawyers, the
human rights activists, & all to hold on. I smell the coming of
victory. It will be huge, great, blessed.
Jail should not stop any human rights activists, ant believers in God
from exercising peaceful & religious resistance to succeed in our
respective goals. In the 60’s we sang “We Shall Overcome”
& it was a great inspiration. These days we should continue to sing
our coming victory.
Freedom for the political prisoners, liberation for Haiti, back on the
democratic rails is coming. Keep up the good work. Peace for the USA,
Peace for the world must become a reality in 2006. For all of us we
pray to God to assist us always & may his will be done, his kingdom
If you want to help more, plus (sic: of) everything you have been doing,
you may send some assistance to Margaret Trost c/o What If Foundation
and you may send some financial assistance to the lawyers c/o IJDH,
Brian Concannon; you may send some assistance also to me for church
work. Mersi, Merci, Gracias,
In case I may not reach you before the Holiday Season, Happy Holiday
Happy New Year 2006.
Your Brother in the Struggle for Peace and No War for Freedom for Love.
(Signed) Gerard Jean-Juste
Update on Fr. Jean-Juste, December 1, 2005
We wound our through the hills of Port-au-Prince up the road that Father
Jean-Juste calls Gologotha to the Annexe Pententiare Nationale, where
he has been incarcerated the last several months. The Haitian National
Police and U.N. soldiers from Senegal patrol the prison.
Father's health condition continues to be serious and, in fact, has
worsened since September,
according to Dr. John Carroll who examined Father then and also today
(12-01-05). Father is need of a complete medical work up and a surgical
As to his legal and ecclesiastical situations, he is waiting to hear
from authorities on both. A judge in Haiti has his dossier and is reviewing
the information. This "review" has been going on for months
now. As there is no evidence that Father has committed a crime of any
kind, we can only believe that he is being kept in jail until after
the elections, which keep being postponed. They are currently scheduled
for January 8.
Though Father is eager to leave jail, he hopes to hear from Rome first
about his status as a priest. He was recently told by the bishops of
Haiti that he could no longer officially act as a priest. "It would
be a great hardship on me if I couldn't say Mass after I am released
from prison," Father said. He has little support from Catholic
priests and bishops in Haiti or abroad.
"Many of the Haitian priests who would be supporters of mine are
dead," he said. Bishop Gumbleton from Detroit has visited Father
and advocates for Father Jean-Juste's release.
Father's spirits continue to be strong; no one can keep him from God.
The feeding program at his parish, St. Clare's is going strong, four
days a week, feeding 750 people each time possibly the only meal they
will eat that day. If you would like to donate to this absolutely vital
cause, contact Margaret Trost at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the
What If Foundation website at www.whatiffoundation.org.
Father appreciates the support he receives from people in Haiti and
all over the world.
Jean-Juste Must Be Released
Immediately; Haitian Prisoner of Conscience Diagnosed with Life-Threatening
By Bill Quigley, Loyola University
New Orleans School of Law
Bill is a volunteer lawyer for Pere Jean-Juste with the Institute for
Democracy, www.ijdh.org assisting Mario Joseph of the Bureau
des Advocats Internationaux. Bill can be reached at email@example.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
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
Dr. John Carroll insists that "Father Jean-Juste needs an extensive
medical work up, CAT scan, and surgical biopsy...and to beging appropriate
Many cancers of the blood have a good prognosis when treated early by
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Kevan Higgins email@example.com
Fr. Jean-Juste must be released immediately.
Haiti does not need another martyr for human rights.
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
Physical exam (related to chief complaints and positive findings) reveal
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
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
revealed an abnormal increased percentage of lymphocytes (a type of
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
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
John A. Carroll, M.D.
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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