[News] Denounce Attempts to Silence Haitian Human Rights Attorneys

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Mon Oct 15 19:13:14 EDT 2012


HAITI ACTION COMMITTEE

URGENT ACTION ALERT:

STOP THE ATTACKS ON ATTORNEY MARIO JOSEPH AND OTHER HUMAN RIGHTS 
ADVOCATES IN HAITI

The Haiti Action Committee denounces the attempts to silence and 
threaten Mario Joseph, Newton Saint Juste and Andre Michel, three 
Haitian attorneys who have been outspoken in their defense of human rights.

Mr. Joseph, Mr. Saint Juste and Mr. Michel have been targeted for arrest 
by the Minister of Justice in Haiti, and have received numerous death 
threats at their homes and offices.  We fear for their safety.

As Haitians stand up to demand food, decent housing and an end to the 
inhumane conditions within the tent cities still dominating the 
landscape of Port-au-Prince, the government’s response has been 
repression and threats.  As Haitian children face the prospect of losing 
a year of school while public funds are diverted to support the 
extravagant lifestyle of the President and his family, the government 
responds by trying to silence opposition. And when human rights 
attorneys defend the right to peaceful protest, they are faced with 
death threats and government attack.

The United States government and the United Nations occupying force 
(MINUSTAH) bear great responsibility for this situation.  Both the UN 
and the U.S. State Department put their weight behind a farcical, 
illegitimate electoral process that propelled Martelly into the 
presidency while denying the right to participate of Fanmi Lavalas, the 
most popular political party in Haiti.  Now we see the bitter fruit of 
that undemocratic process.

The Haiti Action Committee stands with Attorneys Mario Joseph, Newton 
Saint Juste and Andre Michel at this critical moment.  We urge you to do 
the same.
PLEASE SEND LETTERS OR E—MAILS TO THE FOLLOWING HAITIAN AUTHORITIES 
BEFORE 15 NOVEMBER 2012:
1. Ministry of Justice and Public Security
Ministre de la Justice et de la Securité Publique
Jean Renel Sanon
18 Avenue Charles Summer
Port-au-Prince, Haïti
Email:
secretariat.mjsp at yahoo.com <mailto:secretariat.mjsp at yahoo.com>

2. Chief Prosecutor of Port-au-Prince
Commissaire du Gouvernement de Port-au Prince
Me Gerald Norguaisse
Parquet du Tribunal de Première Instance de Port-au-Prince
Palais de Justice
Blvd. Harry Truman
Port-au-Prince, Haïti
Email:
parquetpap at yahoo.fr <mailto:parquetpap at yahoo.fr>

Please Send a Copy of Your E-Mail or Letter To Haiti Action Committee at:
action.haiti at gmail.com <mailto:action.haiti at gmail.com>
action.haiti at gmail.com <mailto:action.haiti at gmail.com>




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