Urgent appeal for Haiti
>URGENT ACTION ALERT ON HAITI
(ISSUED BY THE APRIL 18-24, 2004 EPICA DELEGATION)
After a week of meeting with a wide range of individuals and organizations
in Haiti, we urge you to denounce the vast number of human rights
violations being systematically carried out against Aristide supporters
and unionists. Under an illegal occupation and the existence of an
illegitimate government, a grave situation of human rights abuses
continues on a daily basis. These include massacres, disappearances, summary executions, beatings, mass illegal arrests, and political repression.
Of particular concern are the many accounts of Aristide supporters and unionists who have been disappeared, as well as the great number of people
forced into hiding. Since February 29, 2004 these people have had to flee
their homes, becoming separated from their families, unable to work, and having to depend on others for food, clothing, and shelter. Many had
already been victims of political rape and violence perpetrated under the previous coup period of the early 1990's. Their voices have been silenced
by the forces of military and media oppression.
Despite the US government's proclamation of peace in Haiti, the economic
elite, in collusion with the Haitian media, are orchestrating a climate of
vigilante justice. The US- led multinational force itself has been
implicated in at least two massacres in civilian neighborhoods, and we
have heard almost unanimously that Haitians feel betrayed yet again by the
We will issue a comprehensive report in the
coming weeks, but today we request that the following urgent actions be
Call and write your local congressperson, the United Nations:
212-963-2486, firstname.lastname@example.org , and
CARICOM: 011-592-226-9280, email@example.com and tell them to immediately investigate the circumstances surrounding the removal of
President Jean Bertrand Aristide from Haiti on February 29, 2004.
Demand the right to asylum for persecuted Haitian citizens by calling your
local congressperson. Call Amnesty International at 212-807-8400 and Human
Rights Watch at 212-290-4700 to demand that their counterparts in Haiti,
especially the National Coalition for Haitian Rights (NCHR) investigate
and denounce human rights abuses perpetuated against Lavalas supporters.
Call Secretary of Defense Powell: 202-647-6575,
and President Bush: 202-456-1111/ 202-456-1414 and your local congressperson to demand that the multinational and US forces immediately stop
committing human rights abuses. The United Nations must provide a human
rights observer team!
Donate money to support the rebuilding of persecuted unions, human rights
organizations, and legal assistance programs
that have had their infrastructures dismantled.
Send money to: EPICA, 1470 Irving St, NW- 2nd floor, Washington DC 20010. Please write: HAITI REBUILD on your check.
Participate in and/or support the accompaniment program being organized by
US solidarity groups with Haiti to ensure the safety of Lavalas supporters
in their country.
To donate money or to participate call Leslie Flemming
at the Haiti Action Committee: 510-558-0371.
Olivia Burlingame Goumbri Director, Alternatives to Globalization &
EPICA (Ecumenical Program On Central America & the Caribbean)
1470 Irving St, NW
Washington DC 20010
Portland Central America Solidarity Committee
616 E. Burnside, Portland, Oregon 97214
503.236.7916, < firstname.lastname@example.org>
CBLOC, the Cross Border Labor Organizing
Coalition, meets the first and third Wednesday of each month
at 7:00 in our office at 616 E. Burnside.
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