URGENT ACTION ALERT:
Haiti: PRESIDENT ARISTIDE’S LIFE THREATENED
On Friday morning, September 12th, at 1am, the Haitian government removed the security detail that has been guarding former President Aristide’s house since his return to Haiti in 2011. This comes a day after a judge ordered President Aristide to be placed under “house arrest”, even though no such provision exists under Haitian law (more background in letter signed by public figures below). This is the fourth time since his return to Haiti in 2011 that he has been the target of a politically motivated legal case, previous charges were dropped before he could even challenge them in court. Legislative elections due to take place in Haiti in October are triggering a new chilling wave of repression aimed at President Aristide and his supporters.
We view these actions with the gravest concern and consider them a direct threat to President Aristide and his family, to other members of his Lavalas party, still the most popular in Haiti, and to the grassroots Lavalas movement. It is the latest step in a pattern of intimidation that harkens back to the days of the Duvalier dictatorship.
Please see below for what you can do, starting with contacting the U.S. State Department’s Special Coordinator for Haiti, which has been a key supporter of the corrupt Haitian government of Michel Martelly. Martelly gained power through an election with only 20% turnout, after Lavalas was banned from participating.
Let them know that we hold them accountable for the safety and welfare of President Aristide and his family, and that we demand an end to the harassment and repression against President Aristide and the Lavalas movement.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
· Urgently contact the US State Department’s Special Coordinator for Haiti, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and the Congressional Black and Progressive Caucuses. Contact details below.
· Send this action alert to your contacts, post on your website, circulate on Twitter and Facebook. We will be sending a press release separately that you can send to your media contacts.
Thomas C. Adams, US State Department
Special Coordinator for Haiti
Phone: 202-647-9510 Fax: 202-647-8900
John Kerry, US Secretary of State
Phone: 202-647-4000 (switchboard)
Fax: 202-647-8947 Twitter: @JohnKerry
Congressional Black Caucus
Congressional Progressive Caucus
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva
Phone: 202-225-2435 Fax: 202-225-1541
Rep. Keith Ellison Phone: 202-225-4755
Issued by Haiti Action Committee firstname.lastname@example.org • www.haitisolidarity.net
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