List of Names of Lame Timanchèt Gran Ravine Assassins
Ezili Danto Witness Project, August,
List of names of
Lame Timanchèt Gran Ravine assassins (backed by Ezili Danto
video testimony of the victims.):
Lame Timanchèt members/suspects, include:
1. Roody Kernizan
2. Larame Frantz
3. Jean Jean
4. Roland Toussaint
5. Ti Machaulaute
6. Ti Eliphète (alias "Rezdon")
7. Chrisla Chery
8. Junior (alias, "Apais Pan-m")
9. Choupite ainsi connu
10. Cliford ainsi connu
11. Kin Manni
12. Sony Ainsi Connu
13. Nesly Ainsi Connu
14. Papaiasche Beloni ("Houlingan")
15. Samiel - alias "Cafe Anmer"
16. Emmanuel (alias "Gros Manno")
17. Mirth ainsi connu
18. Bout Black (Nèg "Nam Larochel")
19. Guitho Ainsi Connu
20. Ti Patrick (alias "Sòwè")
21. Yves Renald
22. Brichener Etienne (Policier DCPJ)
23. Daniel Baptiste
24. Ti Joèe Ainsi Connu
25. Tias (alias "Tchaly")
26. Zòrey (Alias "ZZ")
27. Salnaves (alias "Sadam Housen")
28.Ti Casimir (alias "danger")
29. Carlos Charles (alias "Carrefou")
30. Milot (alias "Tete Basè")
31. Bernard (alias "Toupack")
32. Ti Claudy (alias "Chef Ti Bwa")
33. Kino ainsi connu
Ezili Danto's Note:
Esterne Bruner, the Community Coordinator for the Gran Ravine
Council was assassinated | A few months ago, in a video testimony
and on Haitian radio, Mr. Bruner named the Machete Army gang members
responsible for the two Gran Ravine Massacres. According to his
same forces murdered Mr. Burner today right after leaving the
AUMOHD, where he was seeking human rights help and legal counsel
victims of the Machete Army
Lame Timanchet Strikes
Again: Suspected in assassination of Gran Ravine Community leader,
Esterne Bruner, Sept. 21, 2006
Haitian Attorney Evel Fanfan and AUMOHD make up a small group
of committed young lawyers and University students in Haiti doing
defense and advocacy work for the poor in the disinherited neighborhoods
that no one else is doing. HLLN supports, encourages and promotes
AUMOHD’s human rights and legal work in Haiti.
It is with sadness we report that Esterne Bruner, Coordinator
of the Grand Ravine Community Human Rights Council, was assassinated
this day, Sept. 21, 2006.
Yesterday, September 20, 2006, Mr. Bruner was at the AUMOHD’S
office in a meeting organized by AUMODH and the Gran Ravine victims
to ask the Preval government for help in apprehending the men
responsible for the July 7th Gran Ravine massacre and, more particularly,
for financial help to the families for the burial of more than
10 victims, whose dead, decomposing bodies still remain in the
city morgue since the July 7, 2006 massacre. The families are
both too poor to bury their dead and some, are too afraid to go
pick up, without police escort and protection, the corpse for
fear of reprisal from Lame Timanchet. It is well known in Haiti
that Lame Timanchet is protected by the coup d'etat Haitian police.
We know that Mr. Bruner took the responsibility for one six-year
little girl named Widnise JOCELYN who was made an orphan because
of the July 7, 2006 civilian massacre at Gran Ravine, Haiti. Both
of little Widnise JOCELYN’s parents were assassinated, when
in the dead of night, Lame Timanchèt broke the peace that
had reigned in Haiti since the Renee Preval election by slaughtering
more than 30 folks in Gran Ravine and burning more than 250 houses
to the ground. Mr. Bruner, who rose up to lead the communities
demand for help, protection and justice, asked for help to support
little six-year old Widnise JOCELYN.
He sent HLLN a video of the little girl telling her sad story,
how her parents were assassinated.
Also, in this taped video interview, for the Ezili Danto Witness
Project, Mr. Esterne Bruner, read
off the names of the suspected perpetrators of both the Gran Ravine
massacres. This list of suspects who have waged war,
terrorizing and slaughtering the civilian population in Grand
Ravine was also furnished to the UN, the Haitian police and the
Preval government authorities. Mr. Bruner sought help for his
community. He and his family took in and tried to place with other
families the children who had been orphaned by the first Grand
Ravine massacre in August of 2005 and then the second Grand Ravine
massacre that left over 30 Haitian civilians dead and more than
250 people homeless, their homes burnt to the ground.
Countless times, over the last two years, since the first Gran
Ravine soccer massacre at an OIM/USAID-sponsored “Summer
Camp for Peace” soccer game Mr. Bruner and the other Gran
Ravine victims would express how absolutely intolerable Lame Timanchet's
persecution was. The
fifteen police officers who were arrested and put in prison for
the first Gran Ravine massacre were subsequently released.
Then again, these same folks went back and conducted another massacre
in Gran Ravine on almost the anniversary of the first one. Often
the victims would tell HLLN "it’s happening right in
front of the UN, the Haitian police and government officials who
have been give our complaints and statements about those responsible.
Where are the UN and Haitian police as Lame Ti Manchet continues
to kill innocent Haitians? Why are the 30 arrest warrants, issued
after the second massacre, for the arrest of Lame Timanchet gang
not been prosecuted?" (See, Both
Lame Timanchèt and UN say their job in Haiti is to kill
The failures of the UN and Haitian Police Chief, Mario Andresol
by Marguerite Laurent,
Haitian Perspectives, July 21, 2006)
Today, September 21, 2006 Mr. Esterne Bruner went to the offices
of AUMOHD to fill out identification papers for little Widnise
JOCELYN so that she could be enrolled in school. On his way back
from AUMOHD’s offices, Mr. Esterne Bruner was assassinated.
All the documents he had in his possession, including his cell
phone were taken.
"Were do we go from here?" This is the question that
Haitian lawyer, Evel Fanfan, who heads AUMOHD asked HLLN today?
"Bruner was assassinated after leaving AUMOHD’s office?"
Evel’s demoralized voice was just so full of pain.
Folks, over the years we’ve lived through much pain with
the people of Haiti. One never really becomes used to it. It’s
always as new and shocking as the thrust of a hot bayonet exploding
in your brain and body. And the families and victims of the Gran
Ravine massacres are asking "What is the new Preval government
doing?" Today as I spoke to Evel Fanfan of AUMOHD, he said
to me, "Do you know that Lame Timanchet members are all well
known by the authorities. They taunt the victims with their police
protection and invincibility to prosecution. Just recently members
of Lame Timanchet actually DEMONSTRATED in front of the National
Palace! No one arrested them. No UN troops stopped them. These
killers are targeting and destroying all those, like Esterne Bruner,
who are capable and with initiative and speaking out for their
besieged communities with complete impunity."
What can be done?
HLLN promised to make sure 6-year old Widnise JOCELYN has a place
to live and goes to school. We committed to continue to stand
with Haitian lawyer Evel Fanfan of AUMOHD and the disinherited
folks of Gran Ravine through these most horrid of times.
Below, in memory of Mr. Bruner, we bring you again the names he
outlined for the Ezili Danto Witness Project, in video testimony,
before his assassination, of the members of Lame Timanchet. We
publicly ask, once again, when will Claudy Gassant, Mario Andresol,
Michael Lucius and others charged with law and order duties in
Haiti stop protecting and therefore being complicit with these
coup d'etat killers roaming free in Haiti??? Mr. Bruner deserved
more than this.
We send our condolences to Mr. Bruner family, friends and the
people of Gran Ravine suffering so viciously and endlessly without
any help or support from the newly elected Preval Government.
We urge anyone who can to send some financial help for Mr. Bruner's
burial and to Evel Fanfan/AUMOHD DWA MOUN, who has been working
closely with Mr. Bruner, his family and community to have more
resources to take legal action against the assassins that killed
Mr. Bruner and the peoples of Gran Ravine in two massacres - on
August, 2005 and on July 7, 2006.
Below is the list of men, Mr. Bruner provided the Ezili Danto
Witness Project, in a taped interview a few months ago. At that
time, to protect his identity, we did not release the video or
the source from which Ezili Danto was given these names.
There is no doubt, from the folks we spoke to today, that these
same forces took Mr. Bruner's life today. It seems so meager,
so powerless to continue asking for justice for simple folks in
Haiti like Mr. Bruner - who indeed was a respected community leader
in Gran Ravine and a loving father of six children and countless
homeless Gran Ravine orphans and victims.
There can be no stability and peace in Haiti without justice.
Mr. Bruner believed so hard in the new government. He believed
that if he went on the radio, on video, and if he got the international
community and the Preval government, at large, the names of those
who were terrorizing his Gran Ravine community, the killings would
stop. He risked his life to get this information out. He died
because of this.
On his behalf, HLLN did published the names he gave us and did
sent them to the authorities in Haiti. And, yet, Mr. Bruner was
afforded no protection. His community is still vulnerable to the
terrors and sadistic whims of Lame Timanchet.
Demand a stop to the killings, displacement and terrors occurring
in the Gran Ravine community. You may use this petition if you'd
like to send letters to the appropriate authorities:The people
of Grand Ravine need justice, protection and financial assistance
to help with the burial of folks still in the morgue since July
7, 2006. Mr. Bruner’s family needs help to survive now that
he has given his life in the cause of helping others in his community.
Help in this work by sending a donation to HLLN/AUMOHD. Thank
Send us an e-mail that it is for AUMOHD/Gran Ravine Work at firstname.lastname@example.org,
with a cc to Evel Fanfan at email@example.com. Those who want
to help the orphans of the Gran Ravine massacre, little girls
like six-year old Widnise JOCELYN, note that in your donation
check or e-mail if you’re contributing on-line.
To make on-line donations, go to: http://www.margueritelaurent.com/donate/donate.html
Marguerite Laurent, Esq.
Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
September 21, 2006
from Evel Fanfan to HLLN on Bruner (Kreyol with English translation)
- some additional information on the killing of Bruner | Please
support Evel Fanfan/AUMOHD's work with the victims of Gran Ravine
Evel Fanfan to HLLN on Bruner
(Note: I wrote the piece on Bruner before I read this new e-mail
Attorney Evel Fanfan in Haiti. The little orphan girl's name that
in, is "Widnise JOCELYN," not "Widnise Pierre."
There's some other important info on Bruner in this latest correspondence
from "Evel Fanfan to HLLN on Bruner," so we send this
as an addendum to our
last email. Here's a quick English approximation of Evel's latest
correspondence written in Kreyol:
Evel writes (see Kreyol original below) that Bruner was a victim
of the Gran
Ravine massacre and the defacto Boniface/Latortue regime, twice.
was burned during the first August, 2005 massacre and then burned
during the second. He had a little store, that was also destroyed.
shot in the arm during the July 2006 Gran Ravine massacre. But
he never got
discouraged, never stop demanding justice and restitution for
the Gran Ravine
victims, never stop protesting the treatment given the victims
Last Monday, Bruner, gave a press conference where he denounced
troops in Haiti) for confiscating the local school at Gran Ravin
its military base!
On Wednesday of this week, Bruner was in AUMOHD's office for a
those victims still in the morgue. Again today, (September 21,
2006) he was
in AUMOHD's office to fill out officials papers the Mayor of Port
and the General Hospital gave as authorization so Bruner, with
could go claim the bodies of the Gran Ravine victims still at
without having to pay the huge amount of money these authorities
the families to pay in order to claim their dead ones for funerals.
not long after he left AUMOHD's office and was on his way home
Timanchet assassinated Bruner.
AUMOHD says ENOUGH!
The Preval/Alexis government must take responsibility and be accountable
necessary on this dossier. Evel"
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2006 05:30:46 +0200 (CEST)
From: "evel fanfan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Regarding Bruner ESTERNE
To: "zili danto" <email@example.com>
Bruner se you viktim 1e massak group defakto Boniface / Latortue
a te fè ak
lapolis ak Lame Timanchèt jou ki te 21 Aout 2005. Kay te
boule ak tout sa l
te gengnen ak ti Boutik li te gengnen. Li te toujou vle jistis
pou viktim yo.
Nan Mwa Jye ki sot pase la li te viktim anko anba bal group Lame
li te pran you bal nan bra e li pal janm dekouraje pou koutinye
ak reparasyon pou viktim ak moun Gran Ravin.
7 Jye lame timanchet boule kay li anko ak tout sa te gengnen anko.
toujou la nan konferans de press, nan manifestasyon pou mande
reparasyon pou viktim yo.
Li te sel moun ki te dako pou pran Widnise JOCELYN ki te pedi
matant li ak you sel nan massak 7 Jye ki sot pase la. Juj Amboise
te ba li
you papye kom TUTEUR Widnise sa vle di devan se li ki te gen responsabilite
sa'a kom papa widnise malgre li menm li gen 5 pitit sou bra'l.
Lundi pase li te bay you konferens de press pou denonse MINUSTAH
lokal Lyse Gran Ravin kom baz.
Yè, mecredi li te nan buwo AUMOHD pou you reunion sou preparasyon
moun ki nan
Mog yo. Jodi a anko li te nan biwo AUMOHD pou jwen papye ak AUMOHD
Mairie de port au prince ak Lopital General ba nou kom otorizasyon
ko yo san peye gwo lajan yo tap mande paran yo. Se lel soti nan
li ta parle lakay li group lame timanchet assasine'l
AUMOHD di sa se trop ato!
Fok preval ak Alexis pran responsabilite yo kom sa dwa nan dosye
Contact Evel Fanfan directly at:
Ou directement à Me. Evel FANFAN,
Source: Amnesty International (AI)
Date: 28 Sep 2006
Haiti: Activist's killing
shows need for disarmament programme
Bruner Esterne, President
of the Grand Ravine Community Council for Human Rights, was killed
by unknown individuals on 21 September 2006.
The 38-year-old activist was an eyewitness of a massacre which
took place on 20 August 2005 in the Port-au-Prince's neighbourhood
of Martissant, in which at least 20 people were killed and many
others were injured. The massacre was allegedly perpetrated by
members of the armed gang "Little Machete Army" backed
by rogue police officers.
"Bruner is Haiti's latest victim of a culture of gun violence.
His death demonstrates the urgent need for the government to implement
a broad disarmament program," said Kerrie Howard, Deputy
Director of Amnesty International's Americas Programme.
Amnesty International calls on the Haitian authorities to take
the necessary measures to investigate the killing of Bruner Esterne
and to bring his killers and the perpetrators of the Grand Ravine
and Martissant massacres to justice.
"Gun violence is taking thousands of lives across Haiti.
It is time for the Haitian authorities to deal with the issue
more effectively," said Kerrie Howard.
On 20 August 2005 police officers and members of the Little Machete
Army reportedly interrupted a football match at Ste-Bernadette
Park in the Martissant neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince allegedly
looking for 'bandits" and killed more than 20 and injured
several others. During the 21 August attacks carried out in Grand
Ravine by the same armed gang, Bruner Esterne's house, amongst
dozens, was pillaged and set on fire.
At least five police officers allegedly involved in the stadium
killings were placed in custody but were released on obscure grounds
by the judge handling the case.
On 6 July 2006, the Little Army Machete attacked again the Grand
Ravine neighbourhood and killed 21 persons, including women and
children and torched hundreds of homes.
AHP 27 septembre 2006 12:10 PM
8 morts et et plusieurs blesssés: l'armée "ti
manchèt" fait de nouvelles victimes dans le quartier
Port-au-Prince, 27 septembre 2006 &endash;(AHP)&endash;
Au moins 8 persones ont été assassinées au
cours de ces 3 derniers jours dans la localité de Délouis
(sud de la capitale) par un gang armé connu sous le nom
de l'armée "Ti manchèt" (petites machettes).
L'armée Ti manchèt dont les premiers forfaits remontent
à juin 2004 sous le régime intérimaire de
Gérad latortue, est responsable de nombreux massacres dans
les quartiers populaires de la capitale, dont celui d'août
2004 qui a fait plus d'une dizaine de morts dans la localité
de Grand'ravine au cours d'un match de football sponsorisé
par la USAID.
Le député de la 3ème circonscription de Port-au-Prince,
Jean Clédor Myril, invite les autorités policières
à assumer leurs responsabilités pour empêcher
les bandits de continuer à tuer, voler et et incendier.
Un jeune militant de droits humains qui enquêtait sur les
exactions de l''armée Ti manchèt a éte assassiné
jeudi par des membres de ce gang
Père de 6 enfants, Esterne Bruner a été attaqué
alors qu'il revenait d'une réunion avec les responsables
d'une organisation de droits humains luttant aux côtés
des victimes de Grand'ravine, l'Association des Universitaires
Motivés pour une Haïti de Droit ( AUMOHD)
La plupart des membres de l'armée Ti manchèt (policiers
et attachés) arrêtés dans le cadre du massacre
d'août 2004, ont tous eté remis en liberté
par le gouvernement intérimaire avant de quitter le pouvoir.
De nombreux habitants de la zone réclament de la MINUSTAH
et de la PNH qu'elles mettent la main au collets de ces bandits
si elles veulent que la paix revienne.
AHP 27 septembre 2006 1:10 PM
Letter urging UN to Protect civilians and human right workers
in Gran Ravine/Martissant
It is simply reprehensible that the UN, after more than two years,
is not able yet to grant even the minimum protection of human
rights in the poor neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince.
I refer to the massacre in Gran Ravine and to the cowardly killing
of Mr. Bruner Esterne, a respectful and very courageous man who
only asked justice for his community, peacefully and respecting
Before he was assassinated, Esterne Bruner begged the UN soldiers
and officials for help to stop the Lame Timanchet terrorists.
He even provided UN officials with the names of the Lame Timanchet
killers who were terrorizing his neighborhood, had twice burnt
down his home, shot him in the arm and were responsible for displacing
300 Haitians from their homes on July 7, 2006. (See Names
of Lame Timanchet relayed to the Ezili Danto Witness Project by
Esterne Bruner before he was assassinated http://www.margueritelaurent.com/campaigns/
The UN was in Gran Ravine but did nothing to help and protect
him, no money to help, no safety.
Why doesn't the UN Human Rights Office support and protect the
communities in Haiti that work peacefully to obtain justice?
Now there is another person in serious danger, Lawyer Evel Fanfan,
President of the association AUMOHD.
Attorney Evel Fanfan has courageously taken on the task of speaking
for that poor community, and he has never wavered from that duty,
even at the risk of his own life.
You have taken on the task to “protect civilians under imminent
threat of physical violence” and to “support Haitian
human rights groups in their efforts to promote and protect human
rights” and “to ensure individual accountability for
human rights abuses and redress for victims”, and now it
is your duty to protect Mr. Fanfan and the entire Gran Ravine
You'll have to explain to the international community your behavior.
In the last four days in Haiti, at least 8 more Haitian civilians
were assassinated and countless others wounded and injured by
Lame Timanchet murderers. (See below
APH, Sept. 27, 2006 AHP article http://www.margueritelaurent.com/campaigns/campaignone/
It will be your responsibility should anything happen to Mr. Evel
Fanfan, AUMOHD and the other Haitian human rights workers bringing
assisstance to a Gran Ravine community under seige and without
protection from UN soldiers paid handsomely to protect and disarm
murderers such as Lame Timanchet in Haiti.
Marguerite Laurent, Esq.
Chair and Founder
Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
New York, New York
September 29, 2006
- Amnesty International on the murder of Esterne Bruner: “Haiti:
Activist’s killing shows need for disarmament programme”,
Sept. 26, 2006
of Lame Timanchet killers relayed to the Ezili Danto Witness Project
by Esterne Bruner before he was assassinated
timanchet kills again: 8 morts et et plusieurs blesssés:
l'armée "ti manchèt" fait de nouvelles
victimes dans le quartier de Martissant | AHP, Sept. 27, 2006
Lame Timanchèt and UN say their job in Haiti is to kill
"bandits": The failures of the UN and Haitian Police
Chief, Mario Andreso, July 21, 2006
Gran Ravine Massacre -Listen to original Kreyol audio
Timanchèt: The DDR Fiasco,
Ezili Danto Witness Project, July 19, 2006 (Matisan Video Clips
1 begging forgiveness, Clip2
- March 19, 2006 interview with Sason; Clip3
- Peace between Gran Ravine activists and the police would turn
false as police-created Lame Timanchèt would 3-months later
attack the Gran Ravine community, again
Children Put in Chains by the Whites
to Kreyol Audio)