Dessalines Is Rising!!
You Are Not Alone!
Christi International Statement on Haiti
Brussels, November 30, 2005
Brussels, 30 November 2005 - As the Haitian people, especially
the residents of impoverished neighbourhoods continue to suffer
under extreme violence and rampant poverty; as the political situation
in Haiti continues to defy a just resolution; and as the human
rights situation in Haiti remains catastrophic, Pax Christi International
wishes to express clearly our solidarity with the people of Haiti.
Based on the observations of a Pax Christi International delegation
to Haiti in July 2005; the guidance of Pax Christi International
partners in Haiti; and Pax Christi International's own commitment
to reconciliation and peace, we support the call of those sectors
within Haitian society for clear steps toward a just, peaceful
and reconciled society.
- We plead for all sectors of Haitian society to renounce publicly
the use of violence for political or economic gain; for all armed
groups in Haiti disarm immediately.
- We urge that the government of Haiti, in coordination with the
international community, implement immediate measures consistent
with international human rights standards to quell the violence
and restore security in Port-au-Prince and throughout the country.
- We insist that an independent, thorough and transparent investigation
into violent attacks on civilian communities and popular neighbourhoods,
such as on July 6 and August 20, 2005, be completed promptly,
with those groups and individuals accused being brought to justice.
- We recommend that the international human rights community conduct
an independent, thorough and transparent investigation into accusations
about the practice of politically motivated arrests and detentions
in Haiti; that all political prisoners be released immediately
or charged and brought to a fair trial for criminal activity about
which there is credible evidence.
- We support national elections as a necessary step toward reconciliation,
but insist that all Haitian citizens, including those living in
popular and marginal neighbourhoods, be able to participate fully,
freely and without fear. Political parties should make minimal
commitments and agreements prior to the elections.
- We urge that independent sources of investigation and accurate
information be strengthened to replace rumour, hearsay and biased
reporting; that human rights investigators and journalists be
protected from harm and arbitrary arrest.
- We plead that a process of national dialogue be initiated that
will give voice to all sectors of Haitian society and identify
steps toward a new, inclusive political consensus built on truth
- As a step toward national reconciliation, we encourage competent
and independent authorities to investigate and report publicly
on events immediately surrounding the irregular departure of the
elected Haitian president, Jean Bertrand Aristide, as earlier
was urged by some Caricom member countries.
At the same time, Pax Christi International commits to
- Accompany and support the people of Haiti as they move toward
reconciliation, political peace and social justice;
- Support concrete peacebuilding and conflict resolution programs
- Denounce the abuse of power by national or international authorities
(both in and outside of the country), as well as by local, violent
individuals or organizations;
- Support the dissemination of accurate information about Haiti
in Haiti and internationally;
- Accompany whatever national dialogue process is initiated, facilitating
support, as needed, from Pax Christi International through its
network of relations;
- Act in solidarity with Pax Christi International partners in
Executive Committee Pax Christi International
Parliamentarians Demand Free and Fair Elections In Haiti,
November 16, 2005
We, the undersigned, are extremely concerned that the forthcoming
elections in Haiti, now postponed, should be conducted in a free,
fair and open manner when they take place.
In order to achieve this we strongly urge that all political parties
and groups, including the Fanmi Lavalas party headed by Jean-Bertrand
Aristide be enabled to participate and to organise on an equal
basis, and without restrictions.
Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, Fr. Gérard Jean-Juste and
all political prisoners be released and enabled to participate
in the elections. President Aristide and all political exiles
be allowed to return to Haiti, and enabled to participate in the
The people of Haiti, regardless of social class or place of residence,
be given equal access to polling stations and equal opportunity
to vote at the last election, there were over 10,000 polling stations;
it is planned to hold the next election with 600.
The votes shall be recorded and counted in an open and transparent
manner. All state forces and all forces and representatives of
the United Nations shall be charged with ensuring that the elections
are conducted in a peaceful atmosphere.
Above all, the violent repression directed mainly at the Famni
Lavalas party by the interim government of Gérard Latortue
must cease. This repression has been documented in Human Rights
reports by Amnesty International and others. We believe that the
elections should not be held unless and until these conditions
are met. If the interim government is unable or unwilling to help
create these conditions, it should resign.
Caoimhín O Caoláin
Aongus O Snodaigh
House of Representatives Votes to Block Arms
Transfers to Brutal Haitian Police: Foreign
Aid Bill Includes Lee Measure to Ban Arms to Haiti
Press Release from Congresswoman Barbara Lee
Ninth Congressional District of California
U.S. House of Representatives
For Immediate Release Contact: Nathan Britton
11/04/05 (202) 225-2661
Foreign Aid Bill Includes Lee Measure to Ban Arms to Haiti
(Washington, DC) - The House today approved a foreign aid spending
measure that included an amendment by Congresswoman Barbara Lee
(D-Oakland) that bans the sale and transfer of arms for use by
the Haitian National Police and requires a State Dept. report
on the involvement of Haitian police in criminal activity."The
people of Haiti remain targets of political violence, torture
and in some cases murder, and too often the perpetrators of this
violence are the Haitian National Police, armed with US weapons
free of charge," said Lee. "This amendment is necessary
in the effort to restore democracy. Haiti desperately needs humanitarian
assistance, and sending weapons only exacerbates Haiti's struggle
with violence and the criminal activity within the Haitian National
Lee's amendment, which was included in the FY 2006 Foreign Operations
Appropriations Conference Report, prohibits all arms transfers
and sales by the State Department for use by the Haitian National
Police and requires an investigation into implications of senior
and rank-and-file members in corruption, kidnappings, and narcotics-trafficking,
as documented by the State Department's International Narcotics
Control Strategy Reports. Since 2004, as many as 3,000 weapons
have been transferred to Haiti free of charge from the United
States, and in all probability have gone to arm the Haitian National
Police force. The United Nations and human rights groups have
expressed concern about the involvement of Haitian police in political
violence and human rights abuses.The bill was approved by a vote
of 358-39 and now awaits approval in the Senate before going to
the White House and becoming law.
Nathan Britton Communications Director Office of Congresswoman
Barbara Lee 1724 Longworth House Office Bldg. ph 202 225-2661
fax 202 225-9817
position of the sham elections
Standing on Truth, Living without Fear: HLLN's position on foreign-sponsored
elections under coup d'etat, dictatorship and occupation | Haitian
Perspectives by Marguerite Laurent, October 31, 2005
responds regarding position
taken on sham elections, Windowsonhaiti
There are no free rides
“We’re Not Participating In Selections!” Says
Haitians in Haiti
(May 27, 2005) Ezili
Danto Witness Project
Fanmi Lavalas denounces Marc Bazin and his renegade Fanmi Lavalas
Condemn Sham Elections in Haiti
“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
from the HLLN pamplet
"...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
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
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.
See, The Nescafé
machine, Common Sense, John Maxwell Sunday, November 06, 2005
HLLN's chairperson, Marguerite Laurent, Esq.
Disney and the ABC Network
(in 1990)"...Haitians, through
the ballot box, rebelled against their neocolonial status. They
rebelled against a racist world economy that locked them into
the role of producers instead of consumers. Under Aristide, they
wanted to complete what they began in 1803 – joining the
world community as equals. If
Haiti, as the hemisphere’s poorest nation, was successful
in escaping from their international debt and seizing control
of their own destiny, it could prove to be as devastating to the
global sweatshop economy as Haiti’s first revolution was
to the slave trade.......
"...the new (US-imposed Miami) government
also, as one of its first acts in office, cut Haiti’s minimum
wage by 50%, from about $3.60 for a 12 hour day, down to $1.60.
This is a big perk for Haitian-American Andre Apaid, owner of
numerous Haitian garment manufacturing plants making cheap wares
for American companies such as Disney, owner of the ABC network.
ABC joined the US corporate media in selling this American citizen
as a legitimate leader of Haiti’s “civil resistance”
to the popular Aristide Government. "Our
nasty little racist war in Haiti by Michaeli,
NimN, June 7, 2004 | Source:
(Scroll down to 7 June 2004)
Ayisyen: You Are Not Alone!
"When you make
a choice, you mobilize vast human energies and resources which
otherwise go untapped...........If you limit your choices only
to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself
from what you truly want and all that is left is a compromise."
Haitian 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 of our 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
men who claimed to be their masters. Today, Haiti is being ruled
by a regime 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
give up on our quest for self-governance, that somehow we are
unfit to choose our 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
average 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.
Ayisyen: You Are Not Alone!
Col. Dave Lapan faces off with the Network
Solidarity Day Pictures & Articles
May 18, 2005
and Articles Witness Project
Wilme, A Hero for the 21st Century
Letter From Jail
April 20, 2005
(Kreyol & English)
photo for larger image
Wilme - on "Wanted poster" of suspects wanted by the
"Dread" Wilme speaks:
Radio Lakou New York, April 4, 2005 interview with Emmanuel "Dread"
Crucifiction of Emmanuel
Demand a Stop
to the Killings
in Cite Soleil
Sample letters &
Denounce Canada's role in Haiti:
Canadian officials Contact Infomation
Urge the Caribbean
Community to stand firm in not recognizing the illegal Latortue
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