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The Haiti Resolution

Whereas, 2004 marked the 200th anniversary of Haiti's Independence and abolition of colonialism and slavery, the only time in history that a slave revolution achieved independence, and a milestone in the history of humankind's struggle for rule by the people for the people;

Ezili Dantò addresses Congressman John Conyers, Jr, as Haitian Community Leaders and the press look on at the DNC on Tuesday, July 27, 2004.
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Whereas, the United Nations designated 2004 as the International Year to commemorate the struggle against slavery and its abolition in recognition of the Haitian Revolution and the valiant struggle of the Haitian people;

Whereas, in 2004, while the Haitian people worldwide proudly commemorated their ancestors' great victory against organized tyranny in 1804, they were forced to continue struggling for justice and democracy in Haiti, and against foreign
occupation of their sacred land, and had also to continue to struggle for justice and equal rights in the United States, where in practice, the Haitian people are the only refugees fleeing political persecution to be incarcerated and indefinitely detained in U.S. jails, even if they have demonstrated a case for political asylum and even if a judge has ordered their release;

Whereas, such a U.S. policy is a blatantly discriminatory and racially biased policy;

Whereas, Haitian voters overwhelmingly elected President Aristide to a five-year term ending in 2006 and the U.S. supported Latortue regime came to power through force and through foreign interference in Haiti's sovereignty and democratic process;

Whereas, the Bush Administration installed an unconstitutional regime in Port-au-Prince that systematically attacked supporters and officials of the Constitutional government, and allowed paramilitary gangs led by drug dealers, rapists, convicted murderers and members of Haiti's hated disbanded army to terrorize the Haitian populace, and;

Whereas, this regime change affected not only Haiti's President, but also led to the removal and replacement by un-elected persons of more than 7,000 legislative and local officials, and the total disenfranchisement of 8.5 million Black voters in Haiti that they represented, as well as morally, culturally and psychologically devastating and economically devaluing Haitians residing in the U.S. and Haitian-American citizens in the U.S., who had been sending nearly $1 billion per year to Haiti;

Now therefore, the undersigned pro-democracy advocates hereby present this Haiti Resolution to the world:

Be it resolved, all who stand in solidarity with the people of Haiti and wish to join the FreeHaitiMovement may adopt the following "6 Points Haiti Resolution" or its equivalent, and commit to use best efforts to:

1. Support the return of Constitutional rule to Haiti by advocating restoring all elected officials of all parties to their offices throughout the country until the end of their mandates and/or another free and fair election is held, where there is no systematic exclusion of the poor majority, 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 from Miami immediately cease its persecution and put a stop to persecution by the thugs and murderers from the paramilitary gangs, the former military, coup d'etat "police" and the foreign soldiers against Haitian civilians;

3. Insist on the immediate release of all political prisoners in Haitian jails, including Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, other Constitutional government officials, Father Gerard Jean-Juste and folksinger/activist, So 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 after the coup d'etat; and, insist that Haiti's civilian police force is rebuilt to serve all sectors of the Haitian nation with equal due process and, ensuring that it excludes anyone who helped to overthrow the democratically elected government, the former soldiers and anyone, from any sector, who have participated in human rights violations;

5. Help stop the indefinite detention and automatic repatriation of Haitian refugees and request that Temporary Protected Status is immediately granted to all Haitian refugees presently in the United States until democracy and the rule of law is restored to Haiti; and

6. Support the calls by the OAS, CARICOM and the Africa Union for an investigation into the circumstances of President Aristide's removal; and, enact Congresswoman Barbara Lee's T.R.U.T.H Act (HR 3919), or similar measures, which calls for the investigation of the forcible removal of the democratically elected President of Haiti.

Ezili Dantò, Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
Pierre Labosierre, Haiti Action Committee
Lavarice Gaudin, Veye Yo
Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, Fondasyon Trant Septanm
Alina Sixto, Ajoupa
Picard Losier, Radio Ayiti
Josue Renaud, The New England Human Rights Organization For Haiti
Jean Yvon Kernizan, Haitian Charities of America (HACHOFA)
Paul Mathieu, Organisation De Bienveillence National Haitienne (OBNH)
Louis Elneus, Haiti Lumiere
Jean Benoit, Asosiyasyon Chofe Taksi Ayisyen (ACT)
Lynn Currier, Haitkaah Social Justice Project
Steve Gillis, Boston A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition

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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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