[News] Political Violence by the Haitian National Police and Former Military

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Mon Feb 7 08:44:25 EST 2005


Breaking News: we want to report the shooting Friday, Feb 4, of a young man 
named Antonio Renaud in Cap-Haitien by two men on motorcycles.  Antonio is 
a close associate of the mayor of Milot, Moise Jean-Charles (-- fortunately 
he was only injured in the foot). UN forces took him to a hospital in Cap, 
where he will need an operation. This incident is seen as both a warning 
and yet another provocation. See details below.



This e-mail consists of the following:



1.Sample message

2.Contact info for the UN MINUSTAH offices in Port-au-Prince. They are the 
ones mandated to protect Haiti's people, although all too often they end up 
supporting the police and death squads.

3. Judy Dacruz's original 2/1 alert and 2/4 update

4. Report by Sasha Kramer on recent events in Cap Haitien

5. Additional contacts information





1. Sample message:



I am writing to denounce the recent wave of violence in the Koridor Bassia 
and Fort National neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince and the shooting of 
Antonio Renaud in Cap Haitien. The mission  of the UN troops is to protect 
the Haitian population, but police are killing supporters of Lavalas with 
impunity and searching, occupying, and ransacking entire neighborhoods.



I ask that:



- MINUSTAH OFFER PROTECTION TO ALL TARGETED NEIGHBORHOODS, and in 
particular that it station UN troops in Koridor Bassia and Fort National at 
all times.  UN troops should monitor ALL police operations in these and 
other areas. PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR THE INJURED SO THAT THEY CAN SAFELY GET 
TREATMENT. Gunshot victims from Koridor Bassia need assistance for 
treatment, as do surviving relatives of those who died. A young man (18) 
who was executed on January 30 is survived by a 14 day-old baby. Many other 
victims, including a woman who has 8 children, no longer have a house to 
live in (following the burning of their houses by police on January 18) and 
are in dire need of basic necessities.



-  POLICE STOP ACTS OF PERSECUTION (SPECIALLY SUMMARY EXECUTIONS) AGAINST 
RESIDENTS FROM KORIDOR BASSIA AND MON ST MICHEL AS WELL AS OTHER POOR 
NEIGHBORHOODS. Police officials deny that summary executions are taking 
place, claiming that residents are lying.


-   THAT A FULL AND INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION IS CARRIED OUT IN ORDER TO
IDENTIFY AND PROSECUTE THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE CRIMINAL ACTS.

Sincerely yours,






2. SEND TO:

UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)

PHONE: 011.509.244.9650 - 9660

FAX: 011.509.244.9366/67
And/Or: Office of General Secretary (New York) - 212.963.4879

** Kofi Annan's Special UN Envoy to Haiti: Mr. Juan Gabriel Valdes
** UN Military Commander in Haiti: Lt. General Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira

** UN Human Rights Office in Haiti: Mahamane Cisse-Guoro



If possible, when you FAX, preferably send three separate letters to the 
above individuals.

Otherwise include all three names on the same FAX.



Personal FAX for Mr. Valdes: 011.509.244.3512



E-mail UNITED NATIONS Chief of Communications in Haiti: Touissant Kongo-Doudou

kongo-doudou at un.org









3. Original message and update from Judy Dacruz:



Update on human rights alert - re Korido Bassia

please continue sending messages to authorities and especially MINUSTAH. The
police (in black uniforms) have continued conducting operations (yesterday
it was all day and way into the night) in the neighborhood and residents are
still desperately calling for help. They are living under ongoing terror and
unlimited repression. I cannot even start to describe their pain and sense
of helplessness. They have been left to themselves.

One man was wounded by gunshots last night and could not get medical
assistance needed - the zone was circled and appeals transmitted to MINUSTAH
to send assistance were not successful. Fortunately he survived the night
and is today receiving treatment.  Concerned observers need to ask MINUSTAH 
to station UN troops in Koridor Bassia and Fort National all the time.  UN 
troops should monitor ALL police

operations in these and other areas. Police officials deny that summary 
executions are taking place, claiming that residents are lying.

Gunshot victims from Koridor Bassia need assistance for treatment, as do 
surviving relatives of those who died. A young man (18) who was executed on 
January 30 is survived by a 14 day-old baby. Many other victims, including 
a woman who has 8 children, no longer have a house to live in (following 
the burning of their houses by police on January 18) and are in dire need of

basic necessities.



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ORIGINAL ALERT, SENT Tue, 01 Feb 2005:

Haiti - Urgent Action Requested



Residents from Korido Bassia and Mòn St Michel (Rue Tiremasse Prolongée)

denounce police persecution and ask for protection.

On January 30, 5 men were shot after police raided this poor neighborhood
stuck between Bel Air and Fort National, allegedly looking for "bandits".
Two of these men, one a student aged 17, were dragged from their homes and
executed outside in the street. The other three were left wounded, one of
whom is lying in critical condition at the hospital.

On January 18, at least 20 houses were burned in the same neighborhood by
police officers in black uniforms and hooded. They looted the houses or
shops before setting fire to them.

On December 28, more than 10 residents are reported as having been executed,
some in Corridor Bassia while others were taken in Delmas and killed there.

Many other residents, especially old women, were assaulted by those police
officers who asked them for information about the whereabouts of "bandits".
When they replied that they did not know of bandits living in the area, they
were hit.

As a result of these violent acts, many residents have been forced to leave
the targeted zone. Many no longer have a house to live in while others are
terrified as the police officers who have been persecuting the zone have
indicated that they will come back to "clean" the area.

Police officers were again operating in the neighborhood on Sunday night.

Heavy continuous shootings could be heard coming from the zone. Residents
called requesting to inform MINUSTAH troops to be sent there in order to

protect them from the police.

Terrified residents have been denouncing the arbitrary acts carried out by
police against them and keep asking that MINUSTAH forces offer them around
the clock protection. They believe it is because troops are not stationed in
their neighborhoods that they have been attacked.






4. Sasha Kramer's account of recent occurrences in Northern Haiti around Cap.



Members of the former military marched through Cap-Haitien on January 19 
with their weapons.  The Chilean UN stopped them and disarmed several of 
them.  Two days later the former soldiers took to the streets in greater 
numbers again with heavy arms.  On this occasion the UN did not stop them 
and they entered the poor neighborhoods and arrested several people, 
provoking angry responses from the residents.  On January 26 Jean Charles 
Moise spoke with the commanders of the Chilean MINUSTAH force and explained 
to them that if they wanted to see an end to the recent wave of violence in 
Cap Haitien they had to ensure that the former military was prevented from 
marching with their weapons and that they should denounce the illegal 
arrests.  The following evening representatives of the UN got on the radio 
and said that the former military cannot openly bare weapons, nor are they 
authorized to make arrests.

On Tuesday February 1 two men wearing Aristide T-shirts were arrested in 
Cap Haitien during the Carnival festivities.  This again provoked an angry 
response from the population and the men were released the next day.  These 
incidents have created an atmosphere of heightened tension in northern 
Haiti.  Lavalas leaders are concerned that these incidents were designed to 
provoke the population to defend themselves thereby giving the former 
military and national police a pretense for illegal arrests and killings, 
much like what has been seen in Port au Prince.



On February 4, Antonio Renaud, a member of the peasant movement of Milot 
and father of four children, was shot by two men who rode through Milot on 
motorcycles.  Friends immediately rushed Antonio to the hospital in 
Milot.  The UN was contacted and agreed to send a team to Milot to 
investigate.  The UN then contacted the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who 
came to Milot and took Antonio from the hospital in Milot to the hospital 
in Cap Haitien where he will undergo surgery.  Thankfully, Antonio's wounds 
are not lethal and he will survive, though his medical bills will tax his 
community.  Antonio is a close friend of Jean Charles Moise and this 
incident is seen as both a warning and yet another provocation.



5. Additional contact information:



US Ambassador in Haiti James Foley:

Direct line: 011-509-223-4711



Mr. Douglas Griffith, the Deputy Chief of Mission and the Embassy

Switchboard: 011-509-222-0200 or 0354

Fax: 011-509-223-9038 or 1641

Dana Banks, Human Rights liaison: 011-509-404-7705 (cell)


State Dept. Haiti Desk: Anthony Beaver/John Mariz: (202) 647-5088

Fax: (202) 647-2901

BUREAU OF WESTERN HEMISPHERIC AFFAIRS

Roger Noriega, Phone: (202) 647-5780; E-mail: noriegarf at state.gov



Prime Minister Monsieur Gérard Latortue
Premier Ministre

Ministre de l'Intérieure
Villa d'Accueil
Delmas 60
Musseau, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Fax: 011 509 249 5561

Salutation:         Monsieur le Premier Ministre

Justice Minister
Monsieur Bernard Gousse
Ministre de la Justice et de la Sécurité Publique
Ministère de la Justice
19 Avenue Charles Summer
Port-au-Prince, Haïti

Fax: 011 509 245 0474

Salutation:         Monsieur le Ministre

UN Special Representative
Mr Juan Gabriel Valdés
Special Representative of the Secretary-General
United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti
387, avenue John Brown

Port-au-Prince,Haiti

Fax: 011 509 244 3512

Salutation:         Dear Mr Valdés

Mr David Beer
Police Commissioner
United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti
387, avenue John Brown
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Fax: 011 509 244 9366

Salutation:        Dear Mr Beer



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