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Campaign 3:
Petition:
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We are planning to work on a document entitled " The Destabilization, illegal Coup in Haiti and the Kidnapping of President Aristide Violated US and International Law." to present to CARICOM before their July meeting and/or to the U.N. General Assembly if they decided to start an investigation into the Coup D'etat before then.

Haiti Action Committee and the Haitian Lawyers Leadership shall pull our resources, hopefully with the help of Trans-Africa, NCBL, 10th department, Global Exchange and the National Lawyers Guild collaborating, to put together a narrative with supporting documents to be submitted to CARICOM and the U.N. Assembly.

For instance, beginning with evidence of the destabilization campaign begun in 1994 insisting President Aristide hire ex-FRAPH and FAHD into the new civilian police force, to intelligence recruiting of the new police officers and bribing Lavalas politicians, to creating phony civil society fronts, to re-creating and whitewashing the old Duvalierist opposition with NED/IRI/European Union funding, to both the over civilian and covert criminal fronts exercising a virtual veto power over Haitian democratic reforms, parliamentary and judicial development, to the U.S. humanitarian embargo on aid, etc. and then to the narrative your excellent article lays out, adding info on Mr. Moreno's role during the first Coup D'etat in providing the Junta with information on U.S. Asylum detainees being returned that led to their further reprisals, endangerment and more killings.

The goal would be to get together to provide CARICOM the investigation documents and urge CARICOM to do its own investigation. Then perhaps submit it to the General Assembly and then the OAS and Hague international court. Otherwise, we may wait forever for the U.N. General Assembly.

With reference to the investigation, if we all could work together to piece together events. Take the lead on a skeletal draft outlining also, for instance, the Metayer cover used for Jean Tatoune/Jodel Chamblain's U.S. orchestrated military, not grassroots military operation, all the way to: - i.e. CNN reports on morning of February 29, 2004, Aristide "resigns to avoid a bloodbath.'" On February 29, 2004, President Aristide tells Congresswoman Maxine Waters he was forcibly removed, "kidnapped," did not resign. President Aristide indicated he was told by Moreno that Guy Philippe, et al, were surrounding or at the gates of Port-au-Prince and U.S. would not stop them and the imminent bloodbath. CNN interviews Guy Philippe on February 29? who was in CAP HAITIAN!!!!!! Chamblain was in GONAIVE at time Marines flew President Aristide out of Haiti.....) Chronological evidence like this with the footages attached could be submitted to CARICOM and major news media with request it be reviewed and submitted to General Assembly and other international tribunals and legal bodies.

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We denounce the US government for its role in the coup overthrowing the democratically elected government of Haiti and the forced removal of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from his elected office by the United States military.

We are outraged at the imprisonment of President Aristide in the Central African Republic, where he was held virtually incommunicado under house arrest for two weeks. We oppose any attempt that seeks to restrict President Aristide's freedom of speech and movement.
This act of "regime change" sets a dangerous precedent for the world and has a particularly destabilizing effect on Latin American countries. This US-engineered coup in Haiti is unethical and immoral and in clear violation of international and federal laws, for which the Bush Administration should be held accountable.
We demand a Congressional investigation into the Bush administration's removal of a foreign country's leader from power. We join CARICOM and Africa Union in condemning this removal of a democratically elected president. This is not the first time the US government has acted in direct military retaliation against governments who differ from its economic and political policies.
Finally, we strongly question the role of the "free" press in its biased coverage of events in Haiti. Corporate media legitimizes the new government appointed illegally by the United States and France, and continues to report that President Aristide left voluntarily, when in fact he was forced out of office through coercion, specifically by threats to the safety of his followers.
For the above reasons, we demand:
The unconditional and immediate return of President Aristide to Haiti in order to serve out his term of office until 2006. Respect the vote of the Haitian people.
A congressional investigation into the role of the US government in the deliberate destabilization of the Haitian government and the implementation of the coup.
An immediate end to the repression and daily attacks on Lavalas supporters and those demanding the return of President Aristide.
Support for Haitian refugees, including Temporary Protective Services (TPS) to refugeesfrom Haiti who are fleeing the terror of their home country.
In conclusion, we are alarmed by the Bush Administration's audacity in forcibly removing an elected President from office in total disregard of international norms and laws. We are highly concerned by the overall negative image of the US in global politics. As progressive members of the global community, we strive to co-exist with people and governments of the world in total respect for their sovereignty, which precludes coercive military attacks on foreign countries and their elected officials.
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