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24460: Blanchet: (news) Fw: Rep. Waters Travels to Haiti; Visits Former Prime Minister Neptune in Prison (fwd)



From: Max Blanchet <MaxBlanchet@worldnet.att.net>

>
> --- Erzilidanto@aol.com wrote:
>
> >
> > PRESS RELEASE
> >
> > For Immediate Release
> > (323) 757-8900
> >
> > March 7, 2005
> >
> >
> >
> > CONGRESSWOMAN WATERS TRAVELS TO HAITI;
> >
> > VISITS FORMER PRIME MINISTER NEPTUNE IN PRISON; AND
> >
> > DEMANDS THAT THE INTERIM GOVERNMENT RELEASE HIM
> >
> > AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS
> >
> >
> >
> > Washington, D.C. -- Today, Rep. Maxine
> > Waters (CA-35) traveled
> > to Haiti to visit Haiti's former Prime Minister Yvon
> > Neptune, who is being
> > detained illegally in prison.
> > She was met at the airport in Port-au-Prince by U.S.
> > Embassy officials early
> > this morning and immediately traveled to the
> > National Penitentiary, where she
> > met with Prime Minister Neptune, as well as former
> > Interior Minister Jocelerme
> > Privert and former delegate Jacques Mathelier. The
> > Congresswoman spent an
> > hour with Prime Minister Neptune, discussing his
> > health and the treatment he has
> > received in prison, after which she returned to the
> > airport and held a press
> > conference.
> >
> > "I urge the interim government of Haiti
> > to set Prime Minister
> > Neptune free and release all political prisoners in
> > Haitian prisons," said the
> > Congresswoman.   "The interim government's
> > repression of dissenters like Prime
> > Minister Neptune must end immediately. The whole
> > world is watching."
> >
> > Prime Minister Neptune has languished in
> > prison in Haiti since J
> > une 27, 2004. His life has been endangered
> > throughout his confinement. There
> > were reports of a plot to assassinate him last
> > November, a massacre in the
> > National Penitentiary on December 1, and a revolt in
> > the National
> > Penitentiary on February 19. Prime Minister Neptune
> > recently began a hunger
> > strike and has vowed not to eat until the unjust,
> > unsafe circumstances of his
> > confinement are addressed.
> >
> > "The conditions that I observed in the
> > prison where Prime Minister
> > Neptune is being held were deplorable," reported the
> > Congresswoman. "Prime
> > Minister Neptune was weak and could only speak in a
> > whispering voice. He
> > insisted that he had been jailed without
> > justification and that he had committed no
> > crime. He has not been allowed to go before a judge
> > to challenge his
> > confinement as required under the constitution of
> > Haiti, and he believes he has been
> > targeted to be killed."
> >
> > "I tried to convince Prime Minister
> > Neptune to give up his hunger
> > strike or at least accept temporary asylum from the
> > United States, so that he
> > could be examined by an American physician tasked
> > with ensuring that his
> > hunger strike has not caused him bodily harm,"
> > explained the
> > Congresswoman. "However, Prime Minister Neptune
> > refused to end his hunger
> > strike, which protests his unjust imprisonment by
> > the interim government of
> > Haiti. He said he will not leave Haiti, and he will
> > not accept political
> > asylum in another country. The only condition under
> > which he would be willing to
> > end his hunger strike is if the interim government
> > of Haiti releases him and
> > allows him to live as a free man in Haiti."
> >
> >
> > Congresswoman Waters was accompanied to
> > the prison by a delegation
> > of Americans who are concerned about human rights in
> > Haiti. The delegation
> > included Marguerite Laurent, the Haitian Lawyers
> > Leadership Network; Mario
> > Joseph, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in
> > Haiti;
> > Margaret Prescod, Global Women Strike; Lucie
> > Tondreau, Veye Yo and the Haiti
> > Action Committee; Dr. Serge Louis, Fanmi Lavalas;
> > and Dr. Jean-Paul Bennet, a
> > physician;
> >
> > Congresswoman Waters was joined on her
> > flight to Port-au-Prince
> > by Ira Kurzban, a prominent Florida attorney who
> > served as the attorney for
> > President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the
> > democratically-elected President of Haiti
> > who was forced to leave Haiti in a coup d'etat on
> > February 29, 2004.
> >
> > Upon arrival, Mr. Kurzban was told that the interim
> > government of Haiti would
> > not allow him to enter the country. Employees of
> > American Airlines informed
> > Mr. Kurzban that should he deplane, he would be
> > immediately arrested.
> > Nevertheless, Mr. Kurzban left the plane and
> > demanded to know why he was not being
> > allowed to enter Haiti, but was stopped by officials
> > of the interim government,
> > who forced him to get back on a plane and return to
> > the United States.
> >
> > "The interim government's refusal to
> > allow Ira Kurzban to join me
> > in visiting Prime Minister Neptune is just another
> > example of its systematic
> > repression of everyone who is associated with
> > President Aristide or his
> > political party," said Congresswoman Waters. "This
> > repression has got to stop.
> >
> > "I raveled to Haiti to determine the
> > conditions of Prime Minister
> > Neptune's imprisonment, assess his well-being, and
> > work with the U.S. Embassy
> > to obtain his immediate release from prison. I
> > believe that our efforts will
> > help to save Prime Minister Neptune's life, and I
> > hope that they will lead to
> > his immediate release from prison."
> >
> > ###
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> > Resolution:
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> > 1. Demand the return of constitutional rule to Haiti
> > by restoring all elected
> > officials of all parties to their offices throughout
> > the country until the
> > end of their mandates and another election is held,
> > as mandated by Haiti's
> > Constitution;
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> > 2. Condemn the killings, illegal imprisonment and
> > confiscation of the
> > property of supporters of Haiti's constitutional
> > government and insist that Haiti's
> > illegitimate "interim government" immediately cease
> > its persecution and put a
> > stop to persecution by the thugs and murderers from
> > sectors in their police
> > force, from the paramilitaries, gangs and former
> > soldiers;
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> > 3. Insist on the immediate release of all political
> > prisoners in Haitian
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> > 6. Support the calls by the OAS, CARICOM and the
> > African Union for an
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> > Aristide's removal. Support the
> > enactment of Congresswoman Barbara Lee's T.R.U.T.H
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