HAITI ACTION COMMITTEE URGENT ACTION ALERT: October 4, 2004

STOP THE NEW WAVE OF VIOLENT REPRESSION.

A massive, violent upsurge in repression has occurred in Haiti during the past four days, aimed at silencing the Lavalas movement and supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti.  On Thursday September 30, Haitian police fired upon thousands of unarmed demonstrators who called for the return of constitutional order.  On Saturday, police surrounded a private radio station where three leading Lavalas parliamentarians had denounced the violence on the air.  After a six hour standoff police stormed the building and arrested them without warrant.   Dozens of other Lavalas activists have been illegally arrested in the past few days, and the police have conducted raids on the populous neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince, which are the backbone of the Lavalas movement.  Bel Air (-- located in the center of the city) is under virtual siege.   

The human rights report below from the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti provides further details.   

We urge you to call, fax, and write the US and UN officials listed below. Demand that they stop this wave of violent repression and protect the rights of Haitian citizens.  

FAX OR CALL Ambassador James Foley and UN Officials in Haiti!

U.S. Ambassador to Haiti: James B. Foley
PHONE: 011.222.0200 OR 011.222.0354
FAX: 011.509.223-9038 OR 011.509.223.1641

UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)
PHONE: 011.509.244.9650.9660
FAX: 011.509.244.9366/67

** Kofi Annan's Special UN Envoy to Haiti: Mr. Juan Gabriel Valdes

** UN Military Commander in Haiti: Lt. General Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira

** UN Commissioner for Human Rights in Haiti

Please Fax the MINUSTAH office Attention to the 3 listed above. Better yet, send 3 separate letters addressing them individually.

Contact Haiti Action Committee for more information:

www.haitiaction.org          haitiaction@yahoo.com          510.483.7481

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