[News] Rep. Waters Condemns Arrest of Haitian Prime Minister
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June 28, 2004
CONGRESSWOMAN WATERS CONDEMNS ARREST
OF HAITIAN PRIME MINISTER YVON NEPTUNE;
DEMANDS ARREST OF THUGS AND KILLERS
Washington, D.C. -- On Capitol Hill today, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
denounced the arrest of Yvon Neptune, the wrongfully-replaced Prime Minister
of Haiti, and demanded the arrest and prosecution of the thugs and killers
who have taken over Haitian cities. Yvon Neptune was detained yesterday by
Haitian police in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital.
"Yvon Neptune is still the legitimate Prime Minister of Haiti, and
his arrest is part of a politically-motivated campaign to arrest and
intimidate members of Lavalas, President Aristide's political party," said
Congresswoman Waters. "The people who were responsible for President
Aristide's ouster are now determined to destroy the political movement he
Yvon Neptune was the prime minister of Haiti under President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the democratically-elected president of Haiti, who
was ousted in a coup d'etat and forced into exile on February 29, 2004. The
following month, Prime Minister Neptune learned that his name was on a list
of Lavalas party officials whom thugs are targeting for murder. He went
into hiding on March 10, 2004, after his illegitimate successor, Gerard
Latortue, took office. Prime Minister Neptune is now the highest-ranking
member of the Lavalas party to be detained since President Aristide's
"The arrest of Anne Auguste is another example of the efforts of the
illegitimate interim government of Haiti to persecute Lavalas supporters,"
said Congresswoman Waters. "Anne Auguste is a well-known community activist
who is responsible for feeding many impoverished people and who possesses a
long history of working to improve the lives of ordinary Haitians. She
should never have been arrested." Anne Auguste (So Anne) was arrested on
May 10, 2004, by U.S. soldiers, acting as part of the Multinational Interim
Force (MIF), when a warrant for her arrest was reportedly issued by Haitian
"While Gerard Latortue's government continues to arrest and
intimidate Lavalas party members, it refuses to arrest Guy Philippe, Jean
Tatoune and other thugs and killers who took over Haitian cities, freed
criminals from jails and terrorized local residents throughout the month of
February," said the Congresswoman. "Gerard Latortue's government has also
made a mockery of justice by pretending to arrest former death squad leader
Louis-Jodel Chamblain. Worst of all, Gerard Latortue's government is
turning a blind eye while these thugs and killers continue to commit gross
violations of human rights against the people of Haiti."
Guy Philippe is a known drug dealer who returned from exile in order
to overthrow President Aristide's government. Since his return, Philippe
occupied Gonaives, spearheaded burnings and killings and threatened to kill
President Aristide. Louis-Jodel Chamblain and Jean Tatoune are both former
death squad leaders who were convicted in abstentia for the killing of
thousands of Haitians in the 1994 Raboteau massacre.
"There have been hundreds of killings in Haiti of Lavalas supporters
since the coup d'etat," said Congresswoman Waters. "Members of Lavalas have
been found shot in the head with their hands tied behind their backs.
are reports of Lavalas members being placed in a container and drowned at
sea. Delegations from Amnesty International, the National Lawyers Guild and
Let Haiti Live have documented the repression and killing of Lavalas party
members. Many of President Aristide's supporters are now in hiding in
Haiti. Others have tried to flee Haiti as refugees and have been forcibly
repatriated to the island, where they continue to fear for their lives."
Last week, Amnesty International reported that a number of
journalists in areas of Haiti held by the thugs have been arrested and
beaten after reporting human rights abuses by the thugs, while pro-Aristide
media such as Radio and Tele Timoun have been closed.
"I demand that the interim government immediately release Yvon
Neptune and Anne Auguste and end the persecution of the Lavalas party and
its supporters," concluded Congresswoman Waters. "The interim government
must turn its attention to the arrest and prosecution of the real criminals,
thugs and killers who are responsible for so much destruction and
devastation in Haiti."
Forwarded by the Haitian Lawyers Leadership
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