Congresswoman Waters and 41 other Members of Congress urge President Bush to seek the release of Fr. Jean-Juste from prison in Haiti
December 16, 2005
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Congresswoman Waters and 41 other Members of Congress urge President Bush to seek the release of Fr. Jean-Juste from prison in Haiti

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-35) sent a letter to President Bush, urging him to take action to seek the release of Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste from prison in Haiti and enable him to obtain medical care. A total of 42 Members of Congress signed her letter. The text of the letter follows:

We are deeply concerned about the continuing imprisonment and precarious health of Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste in Haiti. We urge you to take action to seek Fr. Jean-Juste's immediate release from prison and ensure that he is able to obtain the medical care he needs.

Fr. Jean-Juste is a widely-respected Catholic priest and a courageous advocate for peace and justice. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience and has called for his unconditional release. The injustice of his imprisonment is all the more blatant because of his failing health.

On December 1, Fr. Jean-Juste received a medical exam by Dr. John Carroll, who reported that he has swollen lymph nodes in his neck and armpits and an elevated white blood count. This could indicate any of several serious medical conditions, including a blood cancer or an infectious disease. Many blood cancers have a good prognosis if they are treated early by specialists. It is therefore imperative that Fr. Jean-Juste be able to receive prompt medical attention.

We respectfully request that you urge the Interim Government of Haiti to release Fr. Jean-Juste immediately and enable him to obtain appropriate medical care. We appreciate your attention to our concerns. Your action at this critical time could save the life of this gentle priest.

List of Signers:

Maxine Waters
Major R. Owens
Al Green
Tom Lantos
Marcy Kaptur
Maurice Hinchey
William Delahunt
Sheila Jackson-Lee
Earl Blumenauer
Barbara Lee
Corrine Brown
Cynthia McKinney
Jan Schakowsky
Kendrick B. Meek
Dennis Kucinich
John Conyers
Raúl Grijalva
Sherrod Brown
Joseph Crowley
Julia Carson
Tammy Baldwin
Charles Rangel
Robert Wexler
Melvin L. Watt
Barney Frank
Fortney Pete Stark
Bobby L. Rush
Peter DeFazio
James P. McGovern
Betty McCollum
Eleanor Holmes Norton
Robert Andrews
Robert Menendez
Donald Payne
Thomas Allen
Jim McDermott
Edolphus Towns
Donna Christensen
Gregory Meeks
Lynn Woolsey
Carolyn Kilpatrick
Michael Capuano

See also:

Prison meeting with Pere Jean-Juste "The holiday season is not just the time to talk about peace, the holiday season is the time to DO the work of peace." Dec 13

Haiti's "Prisoner of Conscience" diagnosed with life-threatening medical problems: Fr. Jean-Juste must be released immediately! There is new urgency in the call for the immediate release of Pere Jean-Juste from the jails of Haiti - the priest is seriously ill. Dec 7

Congresswoman Waters demands the immediate and unconditional release of Father Jean-Juste from prison In Haiti Dec 10

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