One Mission - Stop U.S. military and brutal political repression
of unarmed Lavalas civilians and systematic de-mobilization of the mass
electorate by big U.S. and Haitian business and their Western military
forces in Haiti. (See, http://www.margueritelaurent.com/campaigns/campaigns.html)
URGENT ACTION ALERT
(Contact Information follows below)
For immediate release
May 12, 2004
From: Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
Action: Please call the numbers listed below and lodge your complaints.
Circulate this Urgent Action Release and press your Congressional
representatives to investigate and your local and national media and newspapers to report
the wholesale slaughter in Haiti today of thousands of unarmed Haitians while
U.S. soldiers are on the ground and, even participating in these crimes
against humanity. This river of blood of mainly anyone accused of "voting for
Aristide" or being affiliated with someone who "voted or supported the
Constitutionally elected President of Haiti" cannot match the one or two killings per week
the New York Times, CNN and other mainstream media were so ready to report
and exaggerate when the purpose was to destabilize and destroy the
democratically elected Aristide/Neptune government.
Defenseless Haitian Children hooded and manacled (ala Iraqi
Prisoner/terrorists treatment) by US military in the dead of night in Haiti by Marguerite
According to our sources from Haiti today, four small children where arrested
along with Annette Auguste ("So Ann" )- Ages 5, 10, 12 and 14 by the U.S.
military during the grenade throwing, ceiling-shooting , dog-killing, U.S.
military show of imperial force the night of May 10, 2004 in Haiti.
All four children, along with the 7 adults, suddenlly and without showing of
any arrest warrants arrested, interrogated, arbitrarily detained and put in
U.S. custody had black hoods, ala Iraq Prisoner suspected terrorists, put over
their heads and were manacled in plastic handcuffs. Sources from the Haiti
Information Report told us today that the Chief Administration Officer has said
that Annette Auguste, as a U.S. citizen may be extradited under the Patriot
Act to the U.S. and charged as a terrorist. Others report Annette August is not
a U.S. but Haitian citizen and thus won't be extradited. The uncontradited and
important news to note is that Ms. Auguste, a renowed folkloric artist in
Haiti, is being held in a separate section of the Haitian jail in Port-au-Prince
controlled by the United States military. The amazing news here is that no
major media has deemed this story important enough to report it. None.
Few to none in the mainstream media are doing their jobs. Thus, the families
of countless Haitians being killed right now have no way of validating their
pains, no one to tell their stories to, no access to media and even the major
human rights organizations.
Meanwhile the U.S.- installed dictator, Gerald Latorture, is making the
rounds in foreign capitals. After denouncing Haitian national interests to collect
the 22 billion owed Haiti by France, he is now reportedly in France making the
jolly bonhomie rounds there also. Perhaps he will land back in Haiti with the
new French Minister of Foreign Affairs, a colonial visit that hasn't happen
in 200-years since Haiti took its independence in combat with the French
enslavers. Said French Foreign Minister is expected in Haiti on May 15, 2004.
On Monday last, said Gerald Latorture was in the U.S. visiting, among others,
Kofi Annan at the U.N. The visit was not announced through official channels
, perhaps because of the embarrassment to the U.S. that the Bush
Administration has visited upon us with this naked conquest and overturn of a
democratically elected government in Haiti. But, even- if they didn't want anyone to know
Gerald Latorture was visiting the U.N. and Kofi Annan, that doesn't lessen
the Security Counsel's complicity in the current human rights debacle and
unreported killings in Haiti today.
Note that UN Security Council Resolution 1529 leaves the key decisions on the
type and scope of military action in Haiti entirely in the hands of the force
commander (and of course, the unconstitutional Latorture et al) - so it looks
as though the Multinational Interim Force commander in Haiti has carte
blanche. The UN thus, to our view, is equally complicit, with the recent violent
arrest of Annette Auguste and the beheading of democracy and the rule of law in
Haiti. Complicit because of Annan's and the Security Council's refusal to help
shore up democracy when President Aristide requested help, but willingness
now to shore up the illegitimate Latorture with clandestine meetings and the
intimidation of Jamaica and CARICOM.
CARICOM deserves a nobel peace prize for their principled stand so far and,
for not recognizing the new regime imposed on the Haitian people, a regime
shored up by U.S. guns that on, May 10, 2004, put black plastic bags and manacles
on 4 children, ages 5, 10,, 12 and 14 who were asleep at their grandmothers
house. A U.N. sanction force that refused to help the people of Haiti when they
called out for help to repulse cop killers but who silently allow these same
imperialist proxies to now oppress the people at will.
Security Resolution 1259 makes Kofi Annan just as complicit as Colin Powell
in the brutal repression of the Haitian people we see reported by the National
Lawyer's Guild reports, EPICA April 104 Delegation, Let Haiti live reports,
and Haiti Reborn, to name a few.
The UN has to be held accountable as do all the IGOS and governments (U.S.,
France, Canada, Chile) involved in Haiti and with sanctioning and abetting this
replacement of an elected-President with this rule by force and dictatorship.
This un- publicized Latorture visit with the U.N. further evidences Kofi
Annan and the UN Security Council's complicity with the clandestine human rights
violations happening in Haiti right now under their occupation and sanctions,
including the treatment of Haitian children who where put in U.S. custody in
Haiti in the dead of night, May 10, 2004.
For further details about So Anne's arrest and the manacling and hooding,
as if they were dangerous and lethal terrorists, by the greatest superpower
in existence, of 5-year old Haitian children during a dead-of-night
home invasion in Haiti, be sure to check the Haiti Information Project
Report and pictures to be posted at Blackcommentator.com
tomorrow, May 13, 2004.
Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
May 12, 2004
Lodge your protest and outrage agaisnt the mass slaugher of Haitians and the
hooding in black plastic bags and manacling of Haitian children in Haiti by
Ambassador James Foley directly at the U.S. Embassy in
Port-au-Prince. Call on Secretary of State Colin Powell at the U.S. State
Department in Washington, and contact your Senators and Representatives.
Call early and call often. Make sure ensure that everything you send out is
also copied to to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, the Caribbean media, BBC, Wolf
Blitzer, Paula Zhan, Dan Rather of CBS, Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes, Bob Herbert
of the NYTimes, Brian Lamb of C-Span, and so on. (Contact information for
these media people shall soon be listed on this website.)
Ambassador James B. Foley
U.S. Embassy, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
phone: 509.223.7011 or 509.222.0200
(for address and additional phones)
Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State
fax: 202.647.2283 or 202.647.5169
phone: 202.647.5291 or 202.647.7098
email via: http://contact-us.state.gov/ask_form_cat/ask_form_secretary.html
Haiti Desk Officers, U.S. State Department:
Marguerite Laurent, JD,
Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
(dedicated to protecting the civil, human and cultural rights of
Haitians at home and abroad)
May 12, 2004