Action Alert: Caravan of Justice   Aug 12-14 2004

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Caravan For Justice

Emergency Action Alert

Help Ensure Haitians Rights to demonstrate

August 12-14!

Activists Across U.S. Launch Week of Protests
to Support Non-Violent Demonstrations in Haiti

This week, in the North of Haiti - in Cap-Haitian and the town of Milot - demonstrators will be leading a "Caravan of Justice" in which people will place candles at sites of military attacks and human rights violations committed by anti-Aristide forces supporting the coup government of Gerard Latortue. This cycle of protest will conclude with non-violent marches in both Cap-Haitian and Port-au-Prince on August 14.

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

Demand that Haitians are protected for their right to demonstrate in Milot,
Cap-Haitien and Port-au-Prince!

Democracy was taken away from Haitians on February 29th when their democratically elected leader, Jean Bertrand Aristide was forcibly removed from office by United States officials in a US supported coup d'Etat.

However, the Haitian people continue to demand a return to democracy. This week marks the beginning of several important demonstrations in Haiti and in support of Haiti.

August 14 marks the historical day in 1791 that began the Haitian Revolution against the French. Normally, this day is a day of celebration in Haiti. However, this year once again, it has become a day to remember that Haitian freedom is once again at stake.

Not only are people around the world supporting this movement to protest the current government; there are also delegations of international human rights observers on the ground in Haiti to monitor the demonstrations all this week. They will be there to help insure that the people of Haiti are able to exercise their democratic right to speak out and protest. They will be our eyes and ears in Haiti; it's up to us at home to pour the pressure on officials in Haiti and our own government in Washington.

Support these peaceful protests and the right of the Haitian people to speak out against injustice. Send a strong message to the UN Peacekeeping forces and the US Embassy in Haiti that violence against these demonstrators will not be tolerated and that we are all watching.

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

Demand that Haitians are protected for their right to demonstrate in Milot,
Cap-Haitien and Port-au-Prince!

U.S. Ambassador to Haiti:
James B. Foley
PHONE: 011.509.222.0200 OR 011.509.222.0354

FAX: 011.509.223-9038 OR 011.509.223.1641

UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)
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: Mahamane Cisse-Gouro

PHONE: 011.509.244.96509660
FAX: 011.509.244.9366/67

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

Contact:

Haiti Action or Global Exchange for more information.