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Kongrè Bwa Kayiman 2005

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Serge Bellegarde attended the Kongrè Bwa Kayiman 2005 in Washington DC and sent us this review.

[quote]A brief summary of the Kongrè Bwa Kayiman, Feb. 5-6, 2005Last week-end, Feb 5-6, 2005, the Kongrè Bwa Kayiman took place at Trinity College. Apart from the significance of the Kongrè, it was an extremely useful medium to communicate information about the real situation in Haiti, to those who dot know, but are looking for a source of information, to learn first hand about the real story. The following is a very brief summary of the salient points of the Kongrè which I felt merits particular attention from our part.

Dr. Robert Maguire, Director of Trinity College, was the gracious host of this Kongrè. The organ
izing committee consisted of Fondasyon Mapou, September 30th Foundation, Haiti Action Committee, Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network and the Initiative for Democracy. Among other goals, this Kongrè aimed at not only acquiring “support for the popular democratic movement in Haiti”, but also to “put an end to the abuses and the killing of innocent people…”.

Another important goal of the Kongrè was to provide information which is not otherwise accessible to representatives of the many grassroots organizations in this country concerned by the situation in Haiti, individuals and the Haitian Diaspora in general, particularly given the amount of disinformation, misinformation and outright lies about the situation on the ground.

Different speakers took the floor and I will mention some of them briefly
and others a little bit more extensively. The master of ceremony was Yvon Kernisan.
  • Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, founder of the September 30th Foundation, officially opened the proceedings. A long-time fighter for democracy, he set out to present the reality in Haiti, indicating that the fight was difficult, but ultimately, democracy would prevail, despite the efforts of the present government to stop the democratic movement.
  • Ira Kurzban, a long time expert on U.S. Immigration policy and a lawyer for President Aristide, also took the floor He painted a bleak picture of the situation in Haiti, the violations of the law. He took advantage to underline how nervous the French Gvt. was about the issue of reparations which had taken roots in all conversations in Haiti. An interesting point he insisted upon was that contrary to what some people h
    ad been saying, a very careful and thorough effort had been developed to prepare the case against France. Six months before, investigation had been made in archives in France and all over the world; a legal framework had been set up and a whole host of lawyers were working on the issue. However, the case suffered a terrible blow when someone stole the legal framework they had set up and delivered it to the French Foreign Ministry. He did not give further details, but one may assume that the group had been infiltrated.

  • Another speaker was Saurel François, from the Fanmi Lavalas Political Committee who described the many persecutions that members of this party were submitted to. However, he underlined how determined the Lavalas supporters were to resist at all costs and to keep fighting for the attainment of one goal: the physical return of President Aristide.

  • <
    p align=justify>Another speaker was Deputy Bolivar Ramilus, Representative of Cotes-de-Fer. I must say I was most impressed with his presentation. Deputy Ramilus is a no-nonsense guy who speaks his mind, is an activist and always on the move. He explained how in his area, he had been able to build bridges, execute other public works, and all that, without foreign aid. His goal, he was telling me afterward, was to demonstrate that we can do things without relying on foreign support which, most of the time, is not forthcoming. No wonder then that after the coup d'État, he had to go into hiding, removing his family from the area to protect them. In fact an arrest warrant has been issued against him, of course without charges.

  • Mario Dupuy, spokesperson for President Aristide, showed a video describing realizations made under the Aristide Administration: more than 100 schools built, the public plazas, a hospital, the
    Peace University, public housing, roads. He underlined that given the disinformation campaign, you would have the impression that nothing was done under Aristide, something which was echoed by Deputy Ramilus.

  • Njoki Njoroge Njehu, for the 50 years Is Enough Network, fresh from the Porto Alegre World Socialist meeting, provided strong support to the struggle for democracy in Haiti and stressed how important it was to create a an efficient network, so as to work more proficiently.

    But it is in the area of Human Rights that one can have an idea of how appalling and dire the situation in Haiti is. This was hammered home by the following speakers.

  • Mario Joseph is one of the most respected human rights lawyers in Haiti, putting his own life in danger everyday. For the time being, he represents about 60 prisoners who were arrested without a warrant. Me. Joseph points out
    that the repression in Haiti is made in 3 major ways.
    • Summary executions.
      Among other examples, Me Joseph described the conditions in which the reporter Abdias Jean was killed on January 14 by police after witnessing how the latter had killed 3 young men. Another case was that of Jimmy Charles, whose bullet-ridden body was found at the morgue by his father who had seen him alive 2 days before. A striking element in this case is that Jimmy Charles was arrested by the MINUSTAH (the United Nations forces) without warrant and delivered to the police. This made the UN forces an accomplice in this crime. Me Joseph describes how the police, with the logistical support of MINUSTAH, goes into the poor neighborhoods, exerting incredible violence, killing young people and when they retreat, the MINUSTAH moves in and occupies the area. This is done in a systematic manner, seemingly according to a plan. This makes the UN forces an a
      ctive participant and accomplice in the killing of innocent people. Me. Joseph also cites the case of Joseph Ederson, 21 years old, arrested in the middle of the night by policemen wearing masks and armed civilians, shot in the back. He is treating all of these cases as crimes against humanity.
    • Arrests without warrants.
      This is another method for the present Gvt. to effectively stifle all opposition. Many Lavalas officials are in prison, having being arrested without warrant, never appearing before a judge, as required by he Constitution, and kept illegally in prison even after a judge orders their release. Me. Joseph documented all these cases, underlining that even after a judge order the release of the prisoner, Minister of justice Gousse personally prevents their release. Me Joseph also points out that his work is handicapped by the lack of human resources to do the work. The authorities take advantage of that, knowing that he can on
      ly be one place at a time. Thus, he is on his way to Cap Haitien to examine a case, and he receives a phone call saying that one of his clients, Jean-Marie Samedi, illegally arrested and detained for many months, is appearing in court and he does not have a lawyer. Since November, a judge ordered the release of Jean-Marie Samedi, but Minister Gousse has vetoed the release.
    • Rape.
      The phenomenon of rape as an instrument of political repression first surfaced after the 1991 coup d'État against Aristide. It is back in full force. According to Me. Joseph, There is a massive wave of rape against women, particularly in the poor neighborhoods. Young girls, mother, grandmothers are all victims. And even worse, men wearing masks force young men to rape their sisters or even their mother. It is a totally despicable situation. And most alarming, Me. Joseph says with great emphasis, it is that the UN forces are actively supporting these actions by giv
      ing logistical support to those who are perpetrating these crimes. The situation gets worse because, unlike 1994, there are no international observers to verify and to protect those people. In the slums, they are totally left to fend for themselves. The human rights organizations in Haiti have become an arm of propaganda for the government. This lack of concern on the part of the international community makes it an accomplice in this whole situation.[/*:m]
  • Evel Fanfan is a young lawyer who, along with some other young concerned university students in Haiti, decided in January 2005, to create an organization called “Association des Universitaires pour une Haiti de droit” –AUMODH (Association of University students for the rule of law in Haiti). The organization's main goal is to defend the rights of prisoners, to provide them with legal assistance and to work with desti
    tute children in the streets, without parents, totally abandoned. Evel Fanfan says that it is difficult to picture what is going on in the prisons in Haiti: a prison with a capacity of 10 prisoners, yet having 70 prisoners crammed in the room. Fanfan describes the incredible stench coming out of that and he says how he could not even face the people to talk to them, so unbearable was the stench. He describes the case of 16 young people arrested under the simple accusation of being “chimères”, that's all. No explanation from the police. After insisting on being given some reason for the detention, the police said that “these people are chimères, they do not deserve any pity”. Among this group of 16, there were some whose faces had been beaten up; there were 3 women and among them one who was the only one to take care of her blind father. The police commissioner would refuse to hear any plea, until Fanfan picked up his phone and threatened to call some reporters to come and see what was going on in the prisons.
    Finally, 4 of the group were released. Fanfan will continue to work for the release of the others.

    Another case was that of the 4 young people who were arrested just before he left for the US. The parents frantically called him to find out what had happened to them. The 4 young people had been arrested after hours by the MINUSTAH and taken to some prison. After calling different prisons, Fanfan happened to call the prison in Canapé-Vert where he found a classmate who informed him that the 4 youth were there, but he could not give any more details, period. The situations he describes, he says, are just the tip of the iceberg. It gets worse everyday [...]

  • Lead investigator and attorney Tom Griffin, author of the most recent human rights report on Haiti, spoke about what he had seen and heard in Haiti. His report is one of the most damning for the present Haitian Gvt. He expanded on some of the report which contained some absolutely
    gruesome pictures, but he insisted on the need for coordination in the task of working for democracy in Haiti. He said that it was not normal that with so many people concerned about Haiti, such a report did not receive more widespread publicity. This was due to the lack of coordination among grassroots organizations which tend to work each in their corner, duplicating the work unnecessarily. His recommendation was to get on immediately with the task of establishing a system whereby these deficiencies would be remedied.

  • Those speakers were followed by Amy Goodman, host of the news program “Democracy Now”, whose reporting has and continues to uncover stories that the mainstream media will totally ignore, because it goes against the establishment. Ms. Goodman showed part of her interview with Aristide on his way back to Jamaica a few weeks after the coup, underlining the importance to seek ways to introduce these stories in the media, otherwis
    e they will not be aired and Haiti desperately needs for the real story to be told.
  • Later, Anthony Fenton, a Canadian reporter, took the floor to put emphasis on the role played by Canada as one of the countries participating in the coup d'État. Fenton's articles have greatly contributed to the information about the real role of that country and its present policy toward Haiti.
  • Kim Ives, from Haiti Progrès also spoke of the need to organize and to get the information out, as they do their part at Haiti Progrès, the newspaper based in New York. [/*:m]
At the end, 3 groups were set up to examine the following issues and come up with orientations for a strategy: Solidarity, Mobilization/Advocacy and Media coverage. These groups came up with a number of points to be taken into account in the setting-up of a strategy to address all the shortcomings h
indering support for democracy in Haiti. A follow-up will take place on all those issues and a resolution will come out of the Kongrè Bwa Kayiman.

The Kongrè Bwa Kayiman ended with a recreation of the scene of 1791, during which the participants renewed their commitment toward freedom by forming a circle and drinking from an aluminum pan full of red cola to symbolize this bond and commitment, while Deputy Ramilus was singing the tune made famous by Farah Juste:

[quote]Lè na libere, Ayiti va bèl oh, wa tande, wa tande koze, Lè na libere Ayiti va bèl oh, wa tande,
A la ti peyi mache oh wa tande…... [/quote]
Many people deserve to be congratulated for this Kongrè, notably Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine who came up with the idea and the tireless Eugenia Charles, whose petite frame belies an incredible energy that will make you dizzy
. Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine close the Kongrè which, no doubt, will become a yearly encounter. [/quote]

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Post by admin » Sun Feb 13, 2005 9:45 pm

Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine voye pataje kominikasyon sa bay tout moun ki enterese:


5-6 Fevriye 2005
Trinity University
Washington DC

Tèks Ofisyèl
Kongrè Bwa Kayiman

Apre nou te fin fè premye rankont Solidarite Entènasyonal, jou ki te 3 Janvye 2004 nan peyi Dayiti, nan lokazyon Selebrasyon Bisantnè Lendepandans Peyi-a, Kongrè Bwa Kayiman 2005 se dezyèm rankont ki fèt nan menm sans lan.

Objektif Kongrè Bwa kayiman 2005 lan se te pou:

• Rive rasanble epi afime lidèchip ayisyen nan batay kap mennen pou pèp ayisyen refè eskanp figi-li, pou demokrasi retounen nan peyi-a.

• Rasanble vre zanmi pèp ayisyen.

• Rekonstwi Mouvman Solidarite ak lit pèp ayisyen-an.

• Defini estrateji rezistans ki kap pèmèt nou ranfòse nan Peyi Dayiti ak nan Dyaspora-a mobilizasyon pou retou demokrasi nan peyi-a.

Kongrè Bwa Kayiman 2005 fèt nan menm lespri ak s
a Zansèt nou-yo te fè 14 Daou 1791. Nan KBK 2005 lan, pandan 2 jou soti 5 pou rive 6 Fevriye 2005, anviwon 100 patisipan, Konpatriyòt Ayisyen ak Zanmi peyi Dayiti ki te reprezante dives oganiasyon, te rasanble pou brase lide. Anpil temwayaj ak dokimantasyon te bay ki te pèmèt tout patisipan yo te genyen yon vizyon klè sou sitirasyon peyi Dayiti. Te gen rankont plizyè manm nan lidèchip ayisyen-an ki te la. Te gen travay nan 3 atelye sou tèm sa-yo :
• Press ak Networking
• Mobilizasyon
• Solidarite ak Dwa Moun

Nan finisman kongrè-a, patisipan-yo pran angajman pou yo kole zepòl ak zepòl pou yo travay pou liberasyon peyi Dayiti ak tout lòt pèp ki ap soufri anba jouk enperyalis la epi ki ap batay pou fè rekonèt dwa grandèt majè-yo. Nan tout brase lide ki te fèt yo, Kongrè Bwa Kayiman 2005 sòti ak Rezolisyon sa-a :

[quote]Kongrè Bwa Kayiman 2005


Le nou konsidere koman, anba konplo, eleman ekstrem dwat nan gouvènman meriken, kanadyen, franse ponyade
epi mete an koma rejim demokratik nan peyi dayiti, jouk rive nan koudeta ak kidnapinn yon prezidan pèp la te vote nan eleksyon 1990 ak 2000.

Le nou konsidere koman van pèsekisyon politik ak vyolans sou fanm ak ti fi ki pote mak fabrik enperyalis la blayi sou tout Peyi Dayiti. Rezilta, plis pase 10.000 konpatriyòt mouri asasinen, paske yap mande pou zot respekte vot yo. Plis pase yon milye prizonye politik anba kòd e youn poko janm paret devan youn jij. Plis pase 100.000 konpatriyòt kouri kite peyi-a pou yo chape poul-yo anba represyon. Pou pi piti, 600.000 lòt ap vire won anndan peyi-a akoz pèsekisyon ki blayi sou-yo ak tout fanmiy-yo. Gen 19.000 kay ki pase anba dife. 60.000 bèt kite nan elvaj disparèt.

Le nou konsidere koman, pèp la ki pa janm sispann lite pou sòti anba esklizyon, tounen viktim yon lòt fwa ankò.

Le nou konsidere koman pozisyon Peyi Inyon Afrikèn yo, Pozisyon Peyi Karayib-yo sou dosye peyi Dayiti-a, montre aklè, se yon dosye kote batay-la angaje Blan ki enkonsyan ki souf
ri ak sendwom dominasyon kont nèg ki vle libète epi ki ap batay pou sove diyite-yo.

Le nou konsidere koman, nan Meksiko, nan lokazyon Konferans Desanm 2004, Sendika-yo (Meksiken, Meriken, Kiben…) tabli solidarite ak pèp Ayisyen, yo mande pou respekte vòt pep la ak revandikasyon li.

Le nou konsidere koman, nan vil Pòto Alegre, Peyi Brezil, nan lokazyon Fowòm Sosyal Mondyal, soti 26 pou rive 31 Janvye 2005, 150.000 patisipan ki sòti toupatou nan lemon, sipòte batay pèp Ayisyen, epi mande pou retou demokrasi nan peyi Dayiti.

Le nou konsidere koman, deklarasyon Prezidan Hugo Chavez klè. Pandan li tap pale sou solidarite li ak pep Ayisyen, li di: Prezidan Jan Bètran Aristid rete sèl Prezidan Peyi Dayiti, jiskaske manda li fini.

Le nou konsidere koman, sitirasyon Peyi Dayiti jounen jodi a pa reponn a sa Mannman lwa Nasyon Zini, OEA, Karikom di. Lwa entènasyonal-yo, Vòt Pèp Ayisyen ak tout Konstitisyon peyi a pase anba pye.

Nou deklare:

1. Fòk prezidan Pèp Ayisyen-an te
vote-a tounen, san kondisyon, nan peyi Dayiti pou fini manda li, fe eleksyon epi renmet pouvwa a bay yon lot prezidan ki eli demokratikman.

2. Fòk prensip demokratik-yo triyonfe sou foli dominasyon enperyalis-yo. Fok Gouuvenman peyi Etazini, Lafrans, Kanada rekonet tou swit Prezidan Aristide se Prezidan Peyi Dayiti, menm jan Gouvenman Peyi Karayib-yo, Peyi Afrik-yo, Peyi Panyol yo rekonet li. Fok yo mete tet ansanm pou travay touswit pou prepare retou Prezidan Aristide nan Peyi Dayiti.

3. Fòk tout pèsekisyon politik sispann. Fòk tout prizonye politik jwenn liberasyon san kondisyon, san delè.

4. Fòk yon gouvènman konsensis tabli nan peyi Dayiti nan lide pou fasilite yon relans livi nomal nasyon an, tout swit apre retou Prezidan pèp-la te vote -a. Gouvènman sa-a, ak sipò kominote entènasyonal-la, dwe mete sou pye yon pwogram ki pou soulaje soufrans moun ki pi pòv nan popilasyon-an epi fasilite yon devlopman ekonomik, sosyal, kiltirèl nan tout peyi-a epi pou tout pèp-la.

5. Fòk
tout viktim-yo ak fanmiy-yo jwenn jistis ak reparasyon. Fòk Sekretarya Kongrè Bwa Kayiman fè demach pou mete sou pye yon fon pou sipòte viktim yo epi pou fè travay pwomosyon ak pwoteksyon dwa moun nan peyi Dayiti.

6. Fòk MINUSTHA (Mission des Nations-Unies pour la Stabilisation en Haiti) ki gen menm mak fabrik ak yon fòs okipasyon, rache manyòk-li bay tè-a blanch. Fòk yon envèstigasyon louvri sou krim ak masak MINUSTHA responsab nan peyi Dayiti. Fòk bidjè MINUSTHA-a sèvi pou devlope yon pwogram dijans nan peyi-a.

7. Fòk yon ekip Obsèvatè Dwa Moun ki gen ladann li: Manm Amnisti Entènasyonal, Komisyon Entèamerikèn Dwa Moun, Nasyonzini, Black Caucus US Congress, Inyon Afrikèn, Karikòm, ACP Federasyon Palmantè Entènasyonal…elatriye, rantre nan peyi Dayiti sanpèditan pou evaliye sitiyasyon dwa moun.

8. Fòk peyi ki resevwa refije politik ayisyen-yo sispann depòte-yo epi ba-yo azil politik ou byen rekonet yo kom moun ki dwe jwenn yon pwoteksyon espesyal annatandan.

9. Fòk 2 Komite, ak pa
tispasyon moun ki te nan Kongrè-a ak lòt konpatriyòt ak Zanmi (2 Moun an tou pou chak rejyon), mete sou pye tou swit. Sekretarya Kongrè-a, ki dwe fè pati Komite sa yo pral pran kontak san pèdi tan nan sans sa-a:

• Yon Komite Swivi ak Planifikasyon ki responsab swivi kongrè-a ak planifikasyon tout lòt aktivite mobilizasyon pou retou demokrasi nan peyi dayiti.

• Yon Komite Koòdinasyon Mouvman Solidarite-a. Wòl-li se fè tout aktivite pou sipòte lit pèp ayisyen-an ap mennen pou sove diyite-li.

10. Fok det Peyi Dayiti elimine touswit. Sa se premye pa nan demach pou rebati Ayiti san blof. Fok det tout lot ti peyi zot fin souse san-yo, elimine.[/quote]

Pou Otantifikasyon :
Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, Fondasyon Trant Septanm Sekretarya KBK
Eugenia Charles Mathurin, Fondasyon Mapou Sekretarya KBK
Jean Yvon Kernizan, Met Seremoni Pou KBK 2005[/quote]

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