Demands From the Grassroots
and Democratic-base in Haiti
from the grassroots and Fanmi Lavalas-base in Haiti for
the majority of people in Haiti to participate in elections.
The US-backed Haitian National Police, U.N. troops (MINUSTAH)
and their ex-army goons and "civilian attaches" are
currently running loose in Haiti shooting and chopping people
to bits with imported machete and turning Haiti into a butcher's
house to attain the peace of the cemetery.
Waking up to over 10,000 dead and walking over corpses everyday,
Haitians know indeed, there is no benign neglect of Haiti by the
US or Western powers. For, Haiti was forced into this de facto
US/UN protectorate on Feb. 29, 2004. But, threading through the
blood of the slaughtered, pushing through starvation and sickness,
retching away heart, nerve and sinew to hold on to dignity and
hope for return to Constitutional rule and respect for their vote,
the huge majority of Haitians continue to tell the world's most
powerful countries and armies that, though they be materially
poor, they are free, not slaves or Western "propery"
and shall not accept the lost of Haitian sovereignty to be formalized
either by a foreign-run election under this foreign-imposed Latortue
government and UN occupation army nor through a UN/US official
Since the coup d'etat the majority of Haiti's people have been
under military rule, US/UN-backed state-sponsored terror and the
reign of impunity. But this August, 2005, even while the killings
and their manner reach horrific genocidal levels, even while all
their leaders are in jail or in exile and the indefinite detentions
and arbitrary arrests intensify, the grassroots movement for democracy
and justice in Haiti continued to resist this Western imported
tyranny and have issued the 5-point Haitian people's requirements
that must be met before there may be free and fair elections,
justice or peace in Haiti. They are as follows:
5-points from the grassroots Lavalas Movement and party-base in
in order for the majority and forces of peoples in Haiti they
to go to elections:
1. Liberation of all political prisoners including Father Gerald
Jean-Juste who the Fanmi Lavalas grassroots-base in Haiti has
chosen as their candidate for the presidency of Haiti.
2. The Latortue government must go.
3. The repression and killings in the popular neighborhoods
4. Disarmament. Arms must be gone. There cannot be elections
these arms on the streets (even those in the hands of the "no-nationality"
Haitian bourgeoisie, their "anti-poor" thug enforcers
and former military).
5. President Aristide and all those in exile must be allowed
to return to Haiti.These, as we understand them, are the conditions
by which the people in Haiti have stated, through their grassroots
pro-democracy representatives, they will go to elections.Stop
the U.N. and Haitian police killing of Lavalas supporters;
Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
(A network dedicated to institutionalizing the rule
of law and
protecting the civil, human and cultural rights of Haitians living
at home and
Sept. 1, 2005
Lawyers Leadership Network's Appeal for international support
on the People of Haiti's right to
self-respect, self-determination and self-defense
We Haitian democracy activists
have taken on ourselves a great task.
The Haitian people have been robbed again, not only of the wealth
country, and not only of the lives and livelihoods of our countrymen,
but of our sense of self-determination.
The very essence of being Haitian is the connection to those freedom
fighters of the revolution who would not lie down and obey the
claimed to be their masters. Today, Haiti is being ruled by a
that was selected by foreign powers. The legitimate officials
are in exile,
in hiding, or in captivity.
All around, voices are telling us to suffer this indignity, to
on our quest for self-governance, that somehow we are unfit to
own leaders or our own style of governance.
We utterly reject this pattern of thought. It is the mental slavery
from which Bob Marley calls us to emancipate ourselves. For the
Haitian "This Song of Freedom" is truly all we have
ever had. And now they
want to take that too.
It is with this sense of insistence and urgency that we set forth
our grievances and define our terms for reconciliation in the
Haitian Lawyers Leadership Haiti Resolution. We ask that all Haitian
democracy activists circulate this resolution, and address the
issues and demands of the resolution to their own governments,
and to the United Nations, which has the responsibility for protecting
the right of self-determination. But most of all, we ask all solidarity
groups who wish to sincerely help Haitians, to not just send their
appeals to the UN, the US-installed government, the coup d'etat
governments or Haiti Democracy Project's Timothy M. Carney. You're
better off telling your next door neighbor about what they are
not seeing on the conventional media about Haiti then simply telling
the UN, US, Candadian officials (et al) what they already know
and wish to hide behind the headlines. Kindly send appeals and
background info to the MEDIA. Flood the U.S. local, national and
international media with your concerns about the abuse, occupation,
genocide and re-enslavement of the people of Haiti.
Remember letters of appeals to the media is a start, but political
action, economic boycott and systemic and consistent public
censure/exposure are essentially what pro-democracy Haitians are
asking from solidarity groups. Please also do this by supporting
Men Anpil Chay Pa Lou campaigns and boycotts.
The Haitian Lawyers Leadership Haiti Resolution:
1. Demand the return of constitutional rule to Haiti by restoring
elected officials of all parties to their offices throughout the
country until the end of their mandates and another election is
mandated by Haiti's Constitution;
2. Condemn the killings, illegal imprisonment and confiscation
property of supporters of Haiti's constitutional government and
that Haiti's illegitimate "interim government" immediately
persecution and put a stop to persecution by the thugs and murderers
from sectors in their police force, from the paramilitaries, gangs
and former soldiers;
3. Insist on the immediate release of all political prisoners
Haitian jails, including Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, Interior
and other constitutional government officials and folksinger-activist
4. Insist on the disarmament of the thugs, death squad leaders
convicted human rights violators and their prosecution for all
crimes committed during the attack on Haiti's elected government
and support the rebuilding of Haiti's police force, ensuring that
it excludes anyone who helped to overthrow the democratically
elected government or who participated in other human rights violations;
5. Stop the indefinite detention and automatic repatriation of
refugees and immediately grant Temporary Protected Status to all
Haitian refugees presently in the United States until democracy
is restored to Haiti; and
6. Support the calls by the OAS, CARICOM and the African Union
investigation into the circumstances of President Aristide's removal.
Support the enactment of Congresswoman Barbara Lee's T.R.U.T.H
which calls for U.S. Congressional investigation of the forcible
the democratically elected President and government of Haiti.