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Film Festival Goes on the Road:
Wyclef talks about Jacmel Film Festival
December , 2006

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Ezili Danto Witness Project covers Wyclef in Site Soley
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Wyclef's 'Cry Haiti' Video Links


Jackmel Film Festival Trailer


Haitian-born hip-hop star Wyclef Jean talks about the Jacmel Film Festival


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The Third Annual Jacmel Film Festival
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Sexual Tourism in Haiti on Film

Humanitarian aid workers and United Nation peacekeepers are sexually abusing small children in several war-ravaged and food-poor countries


White (the foreigner's) sexual abuse of the poor and powerless in Haiti

In 2002, British Rocker Gary Glitter was charged for having sex with minors in Cambodia

Invisible chains: Sex, work and slavery (CNN/Anderson Cooper)

An Unsavory Effort to discredit Haiti Report

Update on detente and police presence in Site Soley, 10/06

Ezili Danto Witness Project
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HLLN Recommended Links on the Origins of Aids/HIV
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(See also: Defamed! --Page 1, - Page 2, Pg. 3, Pg. 4, Pg. 5 and, Pg. 6 ) and Vaccinate Haiti! )
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Dessalines Is Rising!!
Ayisyen: You Are Not Alone!


 

 

110 SRI LANKAN SOLDIERS ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSES IN HAITI
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Haitian Union Leader Speaks on the Elections and the coup d'etat


MINUSTHA bring more turmoil to the People of Site Soley
Interview of Site Soley Youth Activist in Haiti: "We did not kidnap the UN soldier as reported. The UN wants war in order to stay in Haiti, May 22, 2006, Ezili Danto Witness Project (English translation & Kreyol Audio)
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French Aid Workers Charged with kidnapping scheme in Chad
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Canadian aid worker guilty of assaulting Haitian boys
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Canadians convicted of sex assault at Haiti orphanage
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Going South, a film about North American women looking for sex and sun in Haiti

"... An estimated 600,000 Western women have engaged in travel sex from 1980 to the present..."
http://www.beaumonde.net/headingsouth.shtml

Older white women join Kenya's sex tourists
By Jeremy Clarke, Nov. 26, 2007, Reuters

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Europeans charged over child 'abductions' in Chad, October 31, 2007, Kuwait Times ("...Sixteen Europeans charged over the alleged abduction of 103 children sat in a dusty cell in eastern Chad yesterday, as a row escalated in France over the failure to prevent the operation.

Nine French nationals, including six members of the charity Zoe's Ark and three journalists, were charged late Monday with "kidnapping minors" and "fraud" for attempting to fly the children from the Chad-Darfur border to France, prosecutors in the eastern town of Abeche said....")
French Aid Workers Sentenced and
French Aid Workers Charged with kidnapping scheme in Chad
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Although the term "sex tourism" usually conjures up planeloads of dirty old men flying to Bangkok, it is the opposite in Gambia. Gambia bound planes, according to a recent Reuters article, "regularly arrive with a high proportion of women traveling alone." Britain was singled out as a country of origin for many of these female sex tourists, but the phenomenon appears to be European in general. http://www.gadling.com/
2006/05/20/sex-tourism -not
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In many African countries, it is common to see older white men with young local black women, but Gambia, along with some resorts in neighboring Senegal, has earned a name as a place for older European women to meet young African men....60-70 percent of visitors to one of the main tourist areas near the
capital Banjul were there for "sun relaxation and cheap sex."
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Two Quebecers arrested for sexual assaults on minors in Haiti
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The Dreamthe principlethework of HLLN"...HLLN dreams of a world based on principles, values, mutual respect, equal application of laws, cooperation instead of competition and on peaceful co-existence and acts on it. We put forth these ideas, on behalf of voiceless Haitians, through a unique and unprecedented combination of art and activism, networking, sharing info on radio interviews, our Ezili Danto listserves and by circulating our original "Haitian Perspective" writings. We make presentations at congressional briefings and at international events, such as An Evening of Solidarity with Bolivarian Venezuela.

With the Ezili Danto Witness Project, HLLN documents eyewitness testimonies of the common men and women in Haiti suffering, under this US-installed regime, the greatest forms of terror and exclusion since the days of slavery; conducts learning forums on Haiti (The "To-Tell-The-Truth-About-Haiti" Forums), and , in general, brings the voices against occupation, endless poverty and exclusion in Haiti directly to governments officials, international policymakers, human rights organizations, journalists, the corporate and alternative media, schools and universities, solidarity networks. We are often quoted in major alternative and even the corporate papers and press influencing the current thinking of readers today."
HLLN, November 9, 2005
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See, The Nescafé machine, Common Sense, John Maxwell Sunday, November 06, 2005 , quoting HLLN's chairperson, Marguerite Laurent, Esq.

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Film festival goes on the road in Haiti
The annual film festival in Jacmel, Haiti, will take the show on the road
this year, visiting some of the country's most poverty-stricken neighborhoods

By JACQUELINE CHARLES, jcharles@MiamiHerald.com

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/haiti/

A Port-au-Prince slum where armed gangs and ricocheting bullets are a way of
life hardly seems a good place to go to the movies. But for Haiti-born
hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean and organizers of the Festival Film Jakmel --
which is in full swing this week -- the Cité Soleil slum is not only the
ideal place for a movie theater, but also a whisper of hope for their most
daring social experiment yet.

* On the Web | Festival Film Jackmel Trailer
http://www.festivalfilmjakmel.com/2006-festival/trailer.php

*Audio | Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean talks about the festival
http://www.miami.com/multimedia/miami/news/archive/audio/1125wyclef.html


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Wyclef Jean's 'Cry Haiti' Video Links:
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* Video | Clip from 'Cry Haiti': Wyclef Jean visits the slums of
Port-au-Prince

http://www.miami.com/multimedia/miami/news/archive/video/Wyclef1.html

* Video | Clip from 'Cry Haiti': Jean meets with international power
brokers

http://www.miami.com/multimedia/miami/news/archive/video/Wyclef2.html

* Video | Clip from 'Cry Haiti': Jean meets with actor/activists Angelina
Jolie and Brad Pitt

http://www.miami.com/multimedia/miami/news/archive/video/Wyclef3.html

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The Third Annual Jacmel Film Festival: Discovering the World to Haiti
Kim Yves, December 2, 2006

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Jacmel, une vue partielle de son rivage (Photo:HC)
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Already, the southeastern sea-side city of Jacmel is considered the art capital of Haiti. Small shops selling giant paper-mache Carnival masks, traditional and avant-garde paintings, furniture, iron sculpture and wood carvings are sprinkled along the city's narrow streets. On porches and down alleys, one spies young men and women, painting, sanding, threading and gluing all manner of handicrafts, from kites and placemats to baskets and mobiles.

Nineteenth century stone and brick buildings predominate, with a few gingerbread mansions, their pastel colors gently scrubbed and faded by decades of Caribbean wind and sun. Ferns sprout from the walls and gutters of the elegant old coffee warehouses, whose tenants now include a bustling art school, a quaint hotel, and a small film production studio.

Enter the Jacmel Film Festival. Patrick Boucard, a scion of a prominent local bourgeois family, and David Belle; a North American expatriate filmmaker who moved to Jacmel a decade ago, conceived and launched the festival in 2004 as a one time event to celebrate Haiti's bicentennial. "It was never our intention to have an annual film festival," explained Belle, who is again acting as the Festival's executive director in this its third year. "We wanted to illustrate the history of cinema in Haiti: films made by Haitians or foreigners set in Haiti, and we programmed 85 films spanning 70 years."

During that bleak year when Haiti was gripped by another bloody coup d'état, the festival was a blast of oxygen and hope to Haiti's long suffering masses. Thousands turned out to watch films projected on a giant screen under the stars on the town wharf. Its spectacular success sealed the fate of its initiators. The population of Jacmel wanted the festival back, literally "by popular demand." And, in Haiti, some popular demands cannot be ignored.

The festival's third incarnation is more ambitious than ever. The line-up includes 92 films from 29 countries from Nov. 24 to Dec. 2, culminating in a Dec. 1 concert by hip-hop musician Wyclef Jean. (YeleHaiti, an NGO linked to Jean, is one of the principal sponsors of this year's festival.)

The festival's formula for success is simple: 1) put Haiti's emerging cinema on display; 2) introduce cinema from around the world to Haitians, long confined to a diet of Hollywood and Kung Fu movies; and 3) make it completely free to the public.
Simple does not mean easy. Haiti's dilapidated infrastructure and dusty, humid climate are challenges to any equipment-intensive undertaking: DVDs freeze and skip, electricity is intermittent and surge-ridden, technicians are few and hard to come by. Finances are always a problem.

Furthermore, there are no movie theaters, strictly speaking, in Jacmel. "We actually create screening rooms by taking over buildings, bringing in our own equipment, and renting chairs," Belle explained. "We use a nightclub, a conference room, and a warehouse. This year we've added a fourth venue which is a private screening room at a fancy hotel that has been built outside of town."

The principle venue, however, is breezy Congo Plage (Congo Beach), where every night thousands gather to watch films projected on a 20 by 30 foot screen framed by swaying palm trees and a cloud-crowned moon.

Haitian feature films are, of course, the big favorite and the centerpiece of the beach showings. Richard Arens' "Chomeco," a buddy comedy about the misadventures of two unemployed men married to and living in the same house with two sisters, produced howls of laughter from a huge crowd on Saturday. Although hammy, the innate comic talent of its two protagonists, Nono and Cassagnol, played by Simon Innocent and Roberto Colas, make this film very promising.

The next night, some 15,000 people, nearly half of the town's 40,000 population, jammed onto the beach for Sacha Parisot's lushly produced "La Rebelle," a drama about a rich Haitian businessman trying to reconcile his unruly teenage daughter with his fiancée. Although the film and its bourgeois characters never stray from the landscaped confines of Haiti's super-rich, it boasts professional camera work, editing and a sophisticated plot twist or two which make it a new high-water mark for Haitian cinema.

Georges David Jiha's light-hearted comedy "Café au Lait" is of a similar vein, but set exclusively in Miami. Using the romance of a light-skinned lawyer and a dark-skinned medical intern, the film spoofs Haiti's racial myths with some serious jabs at tensions and prejudices in Haitian society.

Arnold Antonin's "Le President a-t-il le SIDA" (Does the President have AIDS?) features an emerging Hollywood actor Jimmy Jean-Louis as Dao, a brash charming lead singer – the president of compas – and his romance with the proud but penniless Nina, played by the talented actress Jessica Généus, who uses her rare beauty to raise support for herself and her mother. Paid for in large measure by the United Nations to educate Haitians about the danger of AIDS, the film also plums religious misconceptions and class dynamics.

"The Haitian section," which numbered 10 films this year, "is really exciting because, with digital technology, more and more films are being produced in Haiti," said Belle. "Production gets more and more each year, and better and better. There's really a new wave of Haitian cinema, a lot of it in Creole."

Belle has also set up a studio and sound room in Jacmel where foreign films are dubbed in Creole (subtitling was rejected given Haiti's high illiteracy rate). Now 35 people are engaged in dubbing films almost year round. "We look to dub films which are set in similar circumstances in similar countries, similar cultural and economic settings, that are sharing positive messages of people addressing their difficulties, " Belle said. For example, the Festival's team dubbed Zack Niles and Banker White's "Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars," a moving documentary about six men from a refugee camp in Guinée who start a singing group to entertain and bring hope to fellow refugees hurt in and hiding from Sierra Leone's civil war.

Other documentaries dubbed include Florence Ayisi and Kim Longinotto's "Sisters In Law," about women fighting violent marital abuse in Cameroon, Ward Serrill's "Heart of the Game," about a women's basketball team in the U.S., Annette Olesen's "One to One," about the mysteries and interpersonal dramas surrounding the near-fatal beating of a youth in Copenhagen, and Thomas Allen Harris' "12 Disciples of Nelson Mandela," the portrait by a son of his father, who was a militant in the African National Congress.

The festival is now attracting the participation of internationally prominent cultural figures. A delegation from Cuba included Harold Gramatges, 88, Cuba's foremost composer and musical figure; renowned author and Cuba's former UNESCO ambassador Dr. Miguel Barnet Lanza; prominent filmmaker Lizette Vila Espina; painter, veteran journalist and former diplomat Victor Mirabal, 96, and his son Richard Mirabal, head of the Martha Jean-Claude Foundation; and Gema Suarez of the Association of Cuban Musicians, which is part of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC).

Legendary documentary filmmaker Al Maysles also attended, holding a press conference and a filmmaking workshop.

Haitian luminaries included novelist Edwidge Danticat, photographer Marc Baptiste, and Wyclef Jean.

"The festival is beginning to share a more positive image of Haiti with people around the world, beginning with the diaspora," Belle said. "It's had a tremendous impact on Jacmel. There's a sense of pride – Jacmel has always considered itself as Haiti's cultural capital – and this has reinforced that. "

Belle also points out that the Festival dramatically contributes to the city's tourism and employment. "All of the hotels are sold out, all of the restaurants are packed, and there are the jobs that are created throughout the year by the creole dubbing," Belle said. "Jacmelians have been taught audio mixing and recording and that's something that they'll be able to go on and use. We've also done intensive workshops with all of our projectionists. It's really paying off. All the screenings are running for the most part without problems, and they are running them completely independently. That's a huge, huge accomplishment. ... It's inevitable and essential that there is collaboration from people around the world, otherwise it wouldn't be international. But as much as possible, the local team is becoming autonomous in terms of skills."

Belle wants to keep moving in this direction. Now that the festival has become an annual event – scheduled for the end of November, just before the Havana Festival, instead of in July as it was the first two years – Belle hopes to hand it off to others soon.

"It's my personal goal to be able to turn this over as soon as possible to local Jacmelians, so that they are running their own film festival," Belle said, which might be a challenge since "each year it seems to grow in popularity by at least 30% in terms of audience size."

Also the Festival is spreading to other parts of Haiti. "We spend so much time and energy on putting this thing together, it is a shame to only present it for one week in Jacmel," Belle said. "Why can't it be replicated and moved around to other parts of the country?"

"That is why we've started a partnership with the Alliance Française to use their network of centers around Haiti to get a traveling festival to other parts of the country. We're going in January to Port-au-Prince, and then in February to Les Cayes and Cap Ha tien. Simultaneously, we're creating study guides for the films which have been dubbed in Creole. The study guides will be distributed to schools in those towns through the Alliance Française system. While it's impact will not be tremendous – maybe a few hundred or a thousand people in each city – it's the beginning of us establishing the festival in other places, and I think it is inevitable that this aspect will start to grow."

In politically charged Haiti, Belle says that organizers have tried to make the Festival a "neutral space." Several pro-democracy documentaries sympathetic to former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide were screened in past years, but also films supporting the coup d'état against Aristide's elected government in 2004. Last year as the coup dragged on, one particularly vitriolic anti-Aristide film – "GNB Kont Atila" – by Arnold Antonin, who is also a winless right-wing politician, received a typically Haitian reception during its evening big-screen debut on Haiti's wharf. The crowd erupted in loud, boisterous applause and cheering every time Aristide appeared on the screen, even though he was being demonized.

There is also something inherently subversive in many of the social issues being aired on the screens of Jacmel, a point which Belle recognizes. "In many of the films that we are showing, while they are not overtly political stories and portraits, there is a strong, but subtle, political message, which doesn't need any explanation," Belle said. "People are very very in tune with what truth and reality are. Sometimes that's all that needs to be presented."

For more information about the Festival, go to: www.festivalfilmjak mel.com

Kim Ives, until recently a writer and editor at Haiti-Progres, is now an independent investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker with a focus on Haiti
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- Audio | Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean talks about the festival
http://www.miami.com/multimedia/miami/news/archive/audio/1125wyclef.html

- The Jacmel Film Festival
http://www.festivalfilmjakmel.com/2006-festival/the-festival.php

-Jacmel Film Festival Trailer
http://www.festivalfilmjakmel.com/2006-festival/trailer.php

- Wyclef's 'Cry Haiti' Video Links:

* Video | Clip from 'Cry Haiti': Wyclef Jean visits the slums of
Port-au-Prince

http://www.miami.com/multimedia/miami/news/archive/video/Wyclef1.html

* Video | Clip from 'Cry Haiti': Jean meets with international power
brokers

http://www.miami.com/multimedia/miami/news/archive/video/Wyclef2.html

* Video | Clip from 'Cry Haiti': Jean meets with actor/activists Angelina
Jolie and Brad Pitt

http://www.miami.com/multimedia/miami/news/archive/video/Wyclef3.html

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- (Mp3) If You Want to know what it means to struggle for democracy, look at Ayiti , excerpt of song by Franscisco Hererra, June 2006

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An Unsavory Effort to discredit Haiti Report

_ Q and A with Haitian President Rene Preval by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald |Oct. 26, 2006
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/latortuelegacy.html


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Ezili Danto Witness Project covers Wyclef in Site Soley

Site Soley united, wants peace. Why is UN attacking Site Soley, and not equally applying DDR. Meanwhile, UN allows gross human rights violators, such as, Guy Phillipe, a DEA suspected and accused drug-traffiker and a known coup d'etat assassin of countless Constitutional government sympathizers, officials, police officers and civilians along with Jean Tatoute, a convicted gang leader, and Louis Jodel Chamblain, formerly second-in-command of the bloody FRAPH paramilitary organization condemned for its role in the murders of thousands of people during the 1991 military coup d'etat against President Aristide, to all roam free and heavily armed in Haiti with no UN sanctions nor are they condemned by any international outcry.


Update on detente and police presence in Site Soley, 10/06
Ezili Danto Witness Project

Top Haitian Police Chief, Michael Lucius, indicted for corruption, kidnappings and other crimes, resigns
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- A Former Finance Minister has been kidnapped in Port-au-Prince,
AHP, Nov. 30, 2006

- MINUSTHA bring more turmoil to the People of Site Soley

Interview of Site Soley Youth Activist in Haiti: "We did not kidnap the UN soldier as reported. The Un wants war in order to stay in Haiti, May 22, 2006, Ezili Danto Witness Project (English translation & Kreyol Audio)


- Both Lame Timanchèt and UN say their job in Haiti is to kill "bandits": The failures of the UN and Haitian Police Chief, Mario Andresol

- UN troops accuse of Child Sexual Abuse in Haiti

- The UN Fails Haiti, Again

_Rape as weapon of war: World cried out for Bosnia, why not Haiti? by Wilma Eugene as told to Lyn Duff
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/kokot.html#rapeweapon
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Sexual Tourism in Haiti on Film:

- Ezili Danto's Comment on Ghost of Site Soley: In the Wyclef-produced film, Ghost of Site Soley, Site Soley's well-endowed young, Black "mandingo bandits," are used and exploited by a white woman, there in Haiti to, as usual, "do good," but is merely, in sum effect, exercising the white cultural heritage from slavery, spreading death in Haiti and possibly more HIV

- Site Soley featured in controversial docudrama, Dominican Today, Oct 9, 2006

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Laurent Cantet's 'Heading South' Shows the Ache of blinding Lust in a Sexual Paradise Lost, By STEPHEN HOLDEN | July 7, 2006, New York Times MOVIE REVIEW

- Heading South, a film depicting White Women predators in Haiti: imperialist
sex tourism/exploitation of young, black and poor Haitian men

- (See also, Sex Tourism in Kenya, Gambia|Returning to their unwholesome colonial past: Older white women preying on poverty - joins in Kenya's sex tourists
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Europeans charged over child kidnapping in Chad
; French Aid Workers Sentenced and
French Aid Workers Charged with kidnapping scheme in Chad
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The White Saviors of Haiti vs. Haitian Self-determinatin and Actualization by Marguerite "Ezili Dantò" Laurent, Sept. 17, 2005

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Two Quebecers arrested for sexual assaults on minors in Haiti
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Links relating to white/foreigners - Humanitarian aid workers and UN peacekeepers' abhorrent violations - raping and sexually abusing the poor and powerless in Haiti:

US charity worker Matthew Andrew Carter, gets 165 years in prison for raping and sexually abusing Haiti children for 16 years, July 31, 2013. Altogether, U.S. authorities identified 52 victims they said were sexually abused by Carter over the years at the group home.

Larry Bollinger, North Carolina pastor will spend 25 years in prison after he admitted to molesting underage girls in Haiti, January 4, 2014

The Western sex push and ethnic cleansing in Haiti, August 26, 2013

UN-MINUSTAH’s Gang Rapes in Haiti, 2012

Graphic Video showing UN soldiers so comfortable raping Haiti boys inside their barracks, they filmed it!!!, 2012

U.N. Peacekeepers Accused of Sexually Assaulting Haitian Teen, Port- Salut, Haiti, Sept, 2, 2012 - Video

67 year old Swedish pedophile kidnapping Haiti earthquake children for sexual-bondage arrested, June 12, 2011

State Dept Grant to fight human trafficking in Haiti, Jan 21, 2011

Justice Prevail for Haiti children: Douglas Perlitz gets maximum sentence, Dec. 21, 2010

Michael Geilenfeld-Accused pedophile in Haiti

Action Requested: Demand maximum sentence and fines be imposed against pedophile Haiti charity worker, Douglas Perlitz. Sample letter to judge provided

Defendant Perlitz motion to reduce sentence

Douglas Perlitz admits sexually abusing homeless Haiti boys

I am the History of Rape: HLLN Letter to UN asking for investigative reports on UN soldier's rapes in Haiti/Under the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN is the watchdog to apply sanctions against the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. Yet, in Haiti the US itself is in violation of its on Convention that obligates it, as a world body, to advocate against and protect children from all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.

The John Duarte Case

The Douglas Perlitz Case

The Collar of Impunity: Sexual abuse of Haiti children by Priests, Charity Workers

Haiti's Holocaust and Middle Passage Continues

Catholic priest John Duarte from Canada arrested for alleged child sex abuse in Haiti

US Charity worker Douglas Perlitz indicted for sexually abusing children in Haiti

Q&A - Child abuse by aid agency staff


Humanitarian aid workers and UN peacekeepers raping and abusing children

UN peacekeepers 'abusing children'


Video Report: Child Abuse by Humanitarian Workers

Video - 108 sri lankan troops accused of sexual abuse in haiti UN


Video - Peacekeepers 'abusing children' in Haiti - 27 Sep 08

No One to turn to - PDF report by Save the Children, May 2008

Video -From poverty to prostitution | UNICEF | Windsor Star

Video - Child Abuse/Molestation by white tourists in Kenya

Video - Paradise for Pedophiles - Senegal

Des membres d'ONG abusent d'enfants dès l'âge de six ans, selon Save the Children

Sex scandal in Haiti hits U.N. mission: Bush's US/Canada/France intervention to "save" Haiti for obscene exploitation by the world's rich elites leaves small Haitian girls and boys more defenseless, more brutalized by the white savoirs' "rescue" : Girls as young as 13 forced to have sex with the UN "savoirs" for as little as $1

110 SRI LANKAN SOLDIERS ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSES IN HAITI

Swiss accused pedophile arrested in Haiti

UN Jordanian Soldier rapes and brutally sodomize Haitian mother of five in Haiti


White pedophiles from abroad participating in sexually abusing forsaken, abused and already much exploited Haitian street children: On the Street by Tim Collie


Republican Congressman, Mark Foley, the US Congressman who greatly supported the imposed Latortue regime and insulted the Haitian majority by sponsoring a Congressional bill to HONOR Gerald Latortue's hatchet job as the unconstitutional Prime Minister in Haiti and who also sponsored HR611 which gives coup d'etat USAID more support in Haiti, resigned from Congress over allegations of "improper conduct" with a teenage boy

UN troops face child abuse claims: Children have been subjected to rape and
prostitution by United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti and Liberia, a BBC
investigation has found
. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6195830.stm


Three Pakistani working as UN peacekeepers cleared of rape, not of soliciting a prostitute

UN Peacekeepers accused of Rape in Haiti, UN investigating

UN says scores of peacekeepers have been ousted for sexual abuse

- ...two Pakistani police were removed from Haiti last month after a local woman accused them of raping her at a banana farm outside Gonaives, U.N. officials said. A U.N. investigation dismissed the rape charge but expelled the Pakistanis for hiring a prostitute. (From Washington Post article, "UN Faces More Accusation of Sexual Misconduct: Officials Acknowledge 'Swamp' of Problems and pledges Fixes Amid New Allegations inAfrica, Haiti")

- 110 SRI LANKAN SOLDIERS ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSES IN HAITI

- Swiss accused pedophile arrested in Haiti

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Two Quebecers arrested for sexual assaults on minors in Haiti

-Armand Huard - 'Father Teresa' faces sex abuse charges in Haiti
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French Aid Workers Sentenced
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Canadian aid worker guilty of assaulting Haitian boys
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In 2002, British Rocker Gary Glitter was charged for having sex with minors in Cambodia

Invisible chains: Sex, work and slavery (CNN/Anderson Cooper)

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Rape as weapon of war: World cried out for Bosnia, why not Haiti? by Wilma Eugene as told to Lyn Duff

Haiti Rapes by Lyn Duff, ZNET, February 24, 2005

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Abuse claims against Jesuits reach 500

Sexual Violence: A damning report for the Church of Ireland

See also:Returning to their unwholesome colonial past: Older white women preying on poverty - joins in Kenya's sex tourists
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Europeans charged over child kidnapping in Chad
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The White Saviors of Haiti vs. Haitian Self-determinatin and Actualization by Marguerite "Ezili Dantò" Laurent, Sept. 17, 2005

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French Aid Workers Sentenced and
French Aid Workers Charged with kidnapping scheme in Chad
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October 17, 2009 - Haiti's Holocaust and Middle Passage Continues
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“Be true to the highest within your soul and then allow yourself to be governed by no customs or conventionalities or arbitrary man-made rules that are not founded on principle.”
Ralph Waldo Trine

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French Aid Workers Sentenced
By BRUCE CRUMLEY/PARIS, Time/CNN, Jan. 28, 2008

A court near Paris has ruled that six French aid workers convicted in Chad and sentenced to an eight-year prison for attempted kidnapping will serve that full jail term in France — though with no hard labor, which under French law is banned. The ruling brings the bizarre, at times tawdry saga of humanitarian assistance group Zoé's Ark to its legal conclusion, but emotions still run high: as the judgment was read out, relatives and friends of the six shook the courtroom with cries of protest and claims of political manipulation.

Tasked only with rendering the Chadian punishment compatible with French law, the Créteil court in Paris pointed out in a statement that it wasn't mandated to reexamine the case evidence or the guilty verdict handed down in Chad's capital, N'Djamena. That controversial judgment, issued on December 26, convicted the six Zoé's Ark's workers of attempted kidnapping in their efforts to secretly fly 103 children they claimed were orphans from war-torn Darfur out of eastern Chad to France for urgent care. Later investigations concluded that virtually all the children were in fact relatively healthy Chadian nationals with at least one living parent, and elsewhere uncovered a range of troubling details surrounding Zoe's Ark and its mission.

All six members have consistently maintained their innocence, and claimed they'd become scapegoats of the Chadian government's attempts to take advantage of the humanitarian crisis created by the violence in Darfur. But despite a considerable public relations push by supporters to cast the aid workers as victims, French public opinion has failed to warm to their cause. Before and during their trial in Chad, certain members of the group righteously justified their at times extra-legal efforts to tend to the children as legitimate given the urgency of the situation. Since their December 28 return to France under Franco-Chadian judicial accords, several members of the operation have reportedly fallen out with their leaders of its illegal aspects. Lawyers and families of those support staffers had hoped the tribunal would consider evidence in their conviction of the subordinate roles they assumed, and lighten their sentences as accomplices rather — a distinction not made by the Chadian court.

French government officials insist that even before the group's arrest by Chadian police on October 25, they cautioned Zoé's Ark against pursuing certain of their more audacious humanitarian projects in Chad, particularly what appeared to be clandestine adoption arrangements with families back in France. Because of that, it came as little surprise to many observers earlier this month when a French investigating magistrate named several members in the group as defendants in his case for "complicity in the illegal residence of foreign minors in France," "illegally exercising the role as intermediary towards adoption" and "fraud." With any eventual convictions on those charges be pronounced by a French law based on violation of national laws, any prison sentences arising from them would be added to the eight year jail terms the Chad court handed down for kidnapping.

Given this run up to the tribunal's ruling on their sentence Monday, there was little reason for the Zoé's Ark members or their supporters to expect French judges to upend the rulings of the Chad court. Indeed, despite accusations by supporters and lawyers for Zoé's Ark workers that the Chadian trial had been unfair, the French tribunal ruled it had met the minimal European criteria requiring defense lawyers, debate of evidence and testimony, and recourse to appeal. Given that, the judges concluded an attempt to review the Chadian case would amount to "interference in the affairs of a sovereign state," and limited their work to adapting the sentence to French law. Detractors accuse the tribunal of not wanting to be seen as protecting French nationals from a punishment meted out by a former French colony, and they contend that the ruling is colored by concerns about next month's deployment of 3,500 French-led European peacekeeping troops to eastern Chad, a foreign military presence Chadian leaders resent.

Lawyers for the six convicted aid workers said they'd file for an appeal — but legal experts believe that given the narrow ambit left to the court under the judicial accords between France and Chad, they stand virtually no chance of receiving a more favorable ruling. In fact, French appeals courts are notorious for stiffening sentences in lower court rulings, meaning the Zoé's Ark crew could see they Chadian prison jolts lengthened — and then possibly compounded by eventual conviction in the case the French state brings against them.

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Charges Made in Darfur 'Adoptions'
By BRUCE CRUMLEY, Time/CNN, Monday, Oct. 29, 2007

 
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Eric Breteau, the head of L'Arche de Zoe, and members of his team sit handcuffed on Friday, October 26, 2007, in the eastern city of Abeche, Chad.
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Things seem to be going from bad to worse for the six officials of a French non-governmental organization charged with attempted kidnapping in Chad, following their Oct. 25 arrest while trying to airlift 103 children they claimed were Darfur orphans. A total of 16 European nationals will stand trial for involvement in a case that Chadian authorities initially condemned as an illegal money-for-adoption scheme praying on child refugees from war-torn Darfur. If convicted, the six French child aid workers could face 20 years of hard labor in the bizarre affair — which has created an atmosphere of suspicion and hostility towards other NGOs working to protect victims of violence in Darfur.

At the heart of the international flap are six French nationals working for child relief NGO Zoe's Ark, who were arrested last Thursday as they prepared to spirit 103 Darfur orphans away from the Chadian city of Abéché on a chartered plane.

According to press comments by Zoe's Ark colleagues in France, the unauthorized attempt to hustle the children out of the region flouted administrative procedure to obtain permission. Such time-consuming steps, they say, clashed with the greater humanitarian urgency of getting the orphans to care and safety in France. But Chadian authorities swooped in as the plane prepared to depart, and arrested the Zoe's Ark workers, three French journalists accompanying them, and seven Spanish and Belgian flight crew members on initial suspicions of "kidnapping and child trafficking". Outraged Chadian President Idriss Déby went so far as to accused the group of being "pedophile", and exploiting the refugee crisis in a scheme to sell children to adults willing to pay for adoption back in France.

The French lawyer for Zoe's called the entire matter politically motivated. But that position became harder to defend in the face of claims by another French relief organization that most of the 103 children were neither orphans — nor even Sudanese for the most part. Those allegations were reinforced on Thursday when two U.N. agencies said they'd managed to confirm 91 of the children had at least one parent, and most came from Chad. French media reports, meanwhile, quoted residents of Chadian villages claiming they'd seen some of the 103 children lured from their homes into trucks by visiting white people promising candy.

Adoption is not permitted in either Sudan or Chad; and any effort to engineer the adoption of citizens from either country is legally punishable, as are violations of immigration procedures by unauthorized attempts to remove the children from Chad.

Adoption arranged by an organization not officially chartered for that function is also prohibited in France. Officials at Zoe's Ark explain their intention was to get the children to safety in France by any means, then initiate extraordinary procedures once on French soil to obtain special refugee status for the children. Though the youngsters were to be placed in foster home for care, Zoe's Ark said that the goal of the program in no way involved adoption — for profit or otherwise.

Those assurances notwithstanding, the Chadians aren't the only ones with grave reservations about the NGO's methods or motives. "Taking [children] out in that manner is, in my view, illegal and irresponsible," French Secretary of State on Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Rama Yade told the daily Le Parisien. Yade said she'd warned Zoe's Ark back in August of her concerns about its rumored adoption practices. And while Yade said French officials still don't have enough detail to be able to confirm or refute the charges of child trafficking, she suggested the NGO knew it was playing with fire. "You don't remove children from countries like Chad and Sudan that don't allow adoption," Yade said.

The French Foreign Ministry had aired similar and repeated public misgivings over the Zoe's Ark mission after it began last May. Meanwhile, testimony gathered in France since Thursday's detentions led French legal authorities to open an investigation on the NGO on suspicions of "intermediary activity in unauthorized adoptions". Zoe's Ark officials have responded with repeated statements that their operation did not involve adoption. They've similarly explained that while their care in Chadian camps allowed most of the children to recover from the near fatal conditions they were found in, their continuously fragile physical and mental health requires rapid relocation to a stable environment.

So why the suspicion that the placement of those 103 children with French families were permanent transactions? First off, all of the 103 families paid between $2,800 and $8,400 as part of the process of volunteering — that is, money to the NGO above whatever amount caring for the children will cost. Meanwhile, Chadian authorities say the Darfur children — taken from refugee centers administered by the NGO — showed no signs of hunger or illness that would make their departure urgent.

Finally, with neither the nationality nor even exact identity of most children fully established, officials in Chad and France wonder how Zoe's Ark leaders could possibly know if the parents are indeed dead.

The official French criticism of Zoe's Ark — and Yade's expression of "solidarity" with Déby and Chadian justice officials pursuing the case has alarmed some French human rights activists over a perceived presumption of guilt in the affair. They also decry Chad's decision to try the three journalists and seven flight crew members for complicity, since they were not actively involved in selecting children for expatriation, nor hustling them aboard the plane. French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday responded by asking Déby to free the French journalists rapidly.

Some see politics playing more of a role in the case than Sarkozy's intervention on the reporters' behalf. Zoe's Ark's French lawyer has pointed out Chadian officials remain angered by a French-inspired plan to deploy European peacekeeping troops to eastern Chad to protect Darfur refugees — an attitude he says may motivate what he considers a framing of the Zoe's Ark workers. Déby has denied that allegation, and promised the deployment will be carried out as planned. Despite that, international aid efforts in the region have been undermined by the caper — while Zoe's Ark efforts to tend to victims of Darfur's humanitarian crises are now clearly over for good. Meanwhile, other NGOs operating in the area report local populations have begun to regard aid workers with suspicion and hostility, fearful that such humanitarian efforts may be masking more sinister plans.
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