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 Lettre de protestation d'un haitien au président Lula du Bresil

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David Josue
Segundo Encuentro
Mexico City
April 5, 2008

I want to thank the organizers of this important Segundo Encuentro for providing me an opportunity to address this body and to put the issue of Brazilian conduct in Haiti on the table for discussion.

My comments are directed at President de Silva and I ask the delegates here from Brazil to please relay my concerns to the government in Brasilia.

President Lula da Silva:
Something untoward is going on with your soldiers in Haiti. Brazilian soldiers are conducting terrifying raids on residents of poor and defenseless communities throughout Haiti, leaving in their wake a trail of blood, tears, and death.

The buck stops with you, President da Silva. You are their commander in chief.

What your soldiers are doing to the innocent people of Haiti is worse than what the armed forces of Haiti were accused of doing.

No one will attempt to mitigate the utmost importance of living in a state of law. No one objects to getting a proper warrant before the proper court seeks an arrest of the accused and brings him or her to justice. But a collective warrant that declares an entire community criminal is, in itself, criminal.

President Lula da Silva, what would you say to Fredi Romelus for his terrible loss? His one-year old son, Nelson Romelus.

What was his crime? Why was he executed by your soldiers? His four year-old brother Stanley, who died of a high-powered gunshot wound to the head, what was his crime?

Their mother, Sonia Romelus, who died while clutching her baby, Nelson, what was her crime?

Lelene Mertina, 24-years old, was six months pregnant when a bullet ripped through her abdomen, instantly killing her unborn fetus. What was she guilty of to deserve this?

President da Silva, according to a U.N. after-action report, your soldiers spent seven hours shooting at an unarmed population. They expended over 22,000 rounds of ammunition, knowing they were striking unintended targets.

This cannot possibly be the best that the Brazilian people have to offer. How can this happen when you are the President of Brazil?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us that there comes a time when silence is betrayal. Will you and your Administration remain silent on these atrocities?


Portuguese Parliamentary Record:

Ferro brought David's letter directly to Lula at the National Congress of
Brazil.
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From: "haiti action committee"
To: Dear Friends of Haiti
Subject: Brutal UN Attack on Haitian Street Vendors
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2008 14:37:51 -0700
Haiti Action Committee Urgent Alert - Take Action Now!

Protest Brutal Attack on Haitian Street Vendors by U.N. Soldiers, April 22, 2008 | http://haitisolidarity.live.radicaldesigns.org/article.php?id=236

On Saturday, April 11th, a little past 3 p.m., a MINUSTAH (UN) soldier,
Nigerian Cpl. Nagya Aminu, was shot and killed in downtown Port-au-Prince .
While this killing was widely reported in the international media, what
followed the killing was not.

In the immediate aftermath of the killing, at approximately 3:30 p.m. that same
afternoon, MINUSTAH troops launched a massive assault on Haitian vendors at the
open-air sidewalk market near the main Cathedral in downtown Port-au-Prince
the area where the soldier had been killed.

According to many different street vendors who directly witnessed the MINUSTAH
assault, four or five MINUSTAH soldiers emerged from parked trucks near the
market and began smashing up the property of street vendors, setting the market
on fire, setting off tear gas, and shooting directly at unarmed vendors.

According to one vendor, MINUSTAH soldiers used flame throwers to torch the
stalls. He said the soldiers also grabbed hammers and began destroying
property. This vendor was hit in the head by MINUSTAH soldiers with these
hammers.

On April 17th, he showed a member of the Haiti Action Committee and
other US human rights observers a massive wound to his head and a blood soaked
shirt. He lost consciousness and was taken by a friend to the St. Joseph
Hospital nearby.

Another vendor reported that he was shot in the leg by MINUSTAH soldiers and
showed his wound to the delegation. He also showed his medical records from St.
Joseph's Hospital where he had gone to be treated.

Vendors spoke of people killed by MINUSTAH gun fire.
According to an officer of the National Association of Vendors, at least three people were shot and killed by MINUSTAH soldiers, who allegedly zipped bodies into bags and took them away.

Reportedly, the families could not locate the bodies in the local morgue. A
different source indicated that more people may have been killed.

The Vendors Association officer also stated that several hundred vendors may have lost their property in the raid.

The National Association for the Defense of Haitian Vendors and Consumers has
filed a formal complaint asking the Haitian President to take action and secure
compensation for the 263 Haitian vendors whose property was reportedly
destroyed by the MINUSTAH troops.

Members of the association provided our human rights delegation with a full listing of the names of these vendors, what property they lost, and how much it was valued. For many of these vendors, who live in dire poverty, the loss in property is truly devastating.

Additionally, the Association provided us with a list naming seven people who were injured and two killed -- Amonese Pierre and Anna Ainsi Connu -- by the MINUSTAH
troops.

This kind of massive assault by MINUSTAH troops on the civilian population has
happened many times before, such as the notorious attack on the people of Cite
Soleil on July 6th, 2005.

It is time for the international human rights community to stand up in defense of the street vendors and the Haitian people.

Take action to demand that the MINUSTAH soldiers involved in this latest
outrage are prosecuted for crimes against civilians!

MINUSTAH, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, was brought into
Haiti by the UN in June 2004, several months after the U.S., Canada and France
forced then-President Jean Bertrand Aristide out of office and into exile.

Some 9,000 military and police officers from different countries are charged with
keeping the peace, but have been accused by many of targeting Aristide
supporters.

More than 100 U.N. soldiers have been deported from Haiti, having been accused of sexual abuse. The June 2007-July 2008 budget for the UN operation in Haiti is $535 million.

Take action to demand that the street vendors receive full compensation for
what they lost!

Contact:
UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)
Tel: 011-509-244- 0650/0660
FAX: 011-509-244- 9366/67
Or, Fax Office of Secretary General (New York): 212-963-4879

President Rene Preval
Fax to 206-350-7986 (a US number) or email to avokahaiti@aol.com
Your letter will be hand-delivered to the Presidential Palace in Haiti.

Haitian Ministry of Justice
Tel: 011-509-245- 0474
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