Matters for OAS/CARICOM/African Union/U.S. Congress and/or International Tribunals Urged to Investigate the 2004 Coup D'etat in Haiti.

On March 27, NCBL filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) prosecutor, requesting investigation of whether charges may be brought against the Bush administration for war crimes in the kidnapping of President Aristide from Haiti.  The complaint noted that even though neither the U.S. nor Haiti is a party to the ICC’s statute, the Central African Republic, to which President Aristide was forcibly removed and detained, is a party to the ICC, and thus jurisdiction would lie.  It further noted that unlawful deportation or transfer or unlawful confinement constitutes a grave breach of the Geneva Convention, which, in turn, constitutes a war crime. (See, Crimes against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the People of Haiti, complaint to Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Office of the Prosecutor, The Netherlands, from Nat'l Conference of Black Lawyers.)

Selected Articles, Resolutions and Position Papers

l. Harkin's Senate Speech

2. The CIA Haitian Connection

3. Haiti: Drugs, Thugs, and the CIA

4. Jimmy Carter and US role in undermining Haitian democracy and justice (The Venezuelan Referendum: Beware Jimmy Carter! by James Petras

5 . Thirst For Justice: A Decade of Impunity in Haiti
(Human Rights Watch Report - Haiti, 1996)

6 . The Case of Haiti - How Bush
Brings Freedom into the World

by Tom Reeves, Jan. 29/30, 2005

Porto Alegre Declarations on Haiti adopted at the World Social Forum in January, 2005; Resolution of the Cuba/North America Labor Conference Concerning the Situation in Haiti, December 10-12, 2004 Tijuana, Mexico

8. Resolution of the National Conference of Lawyers on the Kidnapping of President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, August 19, 2004

9. The Caribbean's Right to Self-determination is threatened by Western Imperialist Intervention in Haiti and Caricom's Resistandce must continue and itensity, by the National Conference of Black Lawyers, Section on International Affairs and World Peace, June 28, 2004

10. Haiti's Coup and the Constitution,
by Brian Concannon Jr, June 1, 2004

11. The Kidnapping of President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide from Haiti Violates International and United States Law
by Marjorie Cohn, March 30, 2004

12. Bush Officials Should be Investigated for War Crimes
National Conference of Black Lawyers, March 27, 2004

13. US Sponsored Coup d'Etat -
The Destabilization of Haiti
By Michel
Chossudovsky, February 29, 2004

14."Did the Bush Administration Allow a Network of Right-Wing Republicans to Foment a Violent Coup in Haiti?"
(http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/07/20/1327215), "Democracy Now," Pacifica Radio, July 20, 2004.

15. The Crucifixion of Haiti by Nikolas Barry-Shaw, June 2, 2005

16. See Recommended Readings, Articles and Handouts for the "To tell The Truth About Haiti Forums."

Men Anpil Chaj Pa Lou!!!
- is Kreyol for "Many hands make light a heavy load."


Here is what an ordinary concerned world citizen may do right now to help liberate the people of Haiti:
HLLN - Action Requested from Haiti solidarity groups and
Haitian activists for justice and democracy:

Subscribe to and circulate the Ezili Danto mailings and
posts to your mailing lists and e-mail contacts. Subscribe or unsubscribe by writing to: Erzilidanto@aol.com

Adopt and circulate the Haiti Resolution (updated below) from the Haitian Lawyers
Leadership Network and/or the Porto Alegre Declarations on Haiti adopted at the World Social Forum in January, 2005

Circulate the human rights reports, especially the latest Miami Law Center report

Do Press Work: Join our letter writing campaigns to help free the political prisoners in Haiti, to stop the persecution of Haiti's most popular political party and democratic movement and to restore Constitutional rule. Write a letter, call the media, fax, - See our Press Work page for sample letters and for contact information.

Volunteer to help us maintain our Contact Information Sheet by sending us updated or new phone numbers and addresses to put on our Contact Information Sheet pages

Virtual interns and volunteers are also needed to help us translate selected materials into French, Kreyol, or Spanish to reach a wider audience. Volunteers with some research and computer skills are likewise needed to help us update our "List of Victims" and "Personal Testimonies" pages under Campaign One. (We have the information, what we don't have we know where to extrapolate them, but need help to put it together and in the format on our website page.)

More Network volunteer also needed to concentrate as primary coordinators/contributors to one of our seven campaigns

One internet savvy volunteer needed who is interested in logging and archiving, for our new Ezili Danto blog, (not yet unveiled) the regular Erzilidanto posts we send out so that those who only want to see these at their leisure, or, who cannot receive daily mailings, will have alternative access to these materials and posts, in an archived format.

Fundraise for the work of HLLN. Donate to our projects. Save lives and spread meaning and value by becoming an HLLN Marketing Associate trained to train other HLLN Associates and licensed to use our logo and HLLN materials to sponsor a "To Tell The Truth about Haiti Forum and Teach-In." Proceeds from such courses and teach ins will go to pay the Associate and to continue the work of HLLN projects, such as, our partnership with AUMOHD, the young human rights lawyers in Haiti who are defending the defenseless poor whose only crime is that they voted for Lavalas, supported Constitutional rule or are resisting a return of the bloody U.S.-trained Haitian army and US-sponsored dictatorship. For information on AUMOHD, go to: http://www.april6vt.org/

The Haiti Resolution:

1. Support the return of constitutional rule to Haiti by restoring all elected officials of all parties to their offices throughout the country until the end of their mandates and another election is held, as mandated by Haiti's Constitution;

2. Condemn the killings, illegal imprisonment and confiscation of the property of supporters of Haiti's constitutional government and insist that Haiti's illegitimate "interim government" immediately cease its own 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 in Haitian jails, including Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, other constitutional government officials and folksinger-activist Sò Ann;

4. Insist on the disarmament of the thugs, death squad leaders and convicted human rights violators and their prosecution for all crimes committed during the attack on Haiti's elected government and help rebuild 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 Haitian 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 for an investigation into the circumstances of President Aristide's removal. Support the enactment of Congresswoman Barbara Lee's T.R.U.T.H Act (HR 3919) which calls for a U.S. Congressional investigation of the forcible removal of the democratically elected President and government of Haiti.



HLLN's controvesy
with Marine
US occupiers
Lt. Col. Dave Lapan faces off with the Network
Solidarity Day Pictures & Articles
May 18, 2005
Pictures and Articles Witness Project

Denounce Canada's role in Haiti: Canadian officials Contact Infomation

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

Selected CARICOM Contacts
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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