[News] Haiti - RAPE AS A WAR CRIME with Athena Kolbe & Royce Hutson, Jan 10, 7 pm, SF

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RAPE AS A WAR CRIME

Athena Kolbe and Royce Hutson will speak about their
study examining Haiti’s human rights situation
following the US-sponsored coup that removed
democratically-elected President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide in February 2004.

Wednesday, January 10th            7PM
San Francisco Women’s Building
3543 18th Street, San Francisco
(near 16th Street BART)
Sponsor: Haiti Action Committee

Thursday, January 11th             7PM
Redwoods Presbyterian Church
110 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur
                    Sponsor: Marin Interfaith Task
Force

Friday, January 12th               12PM
Hastings Law School, San Francisco
(Civic Center BART)
Sponsor: Hastings to Haiti Partnership

Kolbe and Hutson's findings highlight the
extraordinary violence and human rights violations at
a time when Haiti was headed by a government imposed
by the United States. The authors will focus on the
problem of sexual assault and violence against women
and children by political actors such as police and
paramilitary troops.

Their study, published in the prestigious Lancet
medical journal in September 2006, found that 8,000
people were murdered and 35,000 women and girls were
raped in Port-au-Prince during the 22-month period
following the coup. The authors observe that
involvement of political actors such as paramilitary
troops and the police suggests a systematic policy was
taking place. The study also implicates UN soldiers in
threatening violence and sexual assault against the
civilian population ­ nothing new for UN troops in
other parts of the world as well.

The Lancet study was very significant because it
provided solid evidence - by scientific methodology
(random survey) - of a pattern of violence against
Haiti’s poor people by the US-sponsored occupation
government. While similar facts have been reported by
other human rights investigations, the Lancet report
was not so easily ignored.

The Lancet report calls for a response from all of us
to work for justice, to work for reparations and
material aid for the victims, and to work to ensure
that our tax dollars are not complicit in this human
suffering. Please welcome Athena Kolbe and Royce
Hutson at the following Bay Area events.

Please forward this announcement. Tell your friends,
co-workers, fellow feminists and human rights
activists!

For more information, contact us at:
haitiaction at yahoo.com
510.483.7481
www.haitisolidarity.net
www.haitiaction.net


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