Remise de certificat a un representant de sister cities par l’organisation de CHAL

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Remise de certificat a un representant de sister cities par l’organisation de chal coaolition pour humaniser les actions aux logements dans le camp acra de delmas 33 sur la reflexion des personnes sans abris qui vit encore sous les tentes dans le camp acra de delmas 33 le dimanche 31 aout 201410384119_502334396570084_3851369014364363653_n

 

 

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Haiti Action dismisses charges against President Aristide

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UPDATED 24/08/14

Jean-Bertrand Aristide

On August 12th, the Haitian government through magistrate Lamarre Belizaire issued a summons to President Aristide requesting his appearance at court. According to Aristide’s lawyer, Mario Joseph, the summons was never received and therefore Aristide did not attend the court. Joseph himself only managed to attend the court after hearing about the summons on the radio, however the judge who issued the summons was not present. Despite the judge’s absence, an arrest warrant was issued to President Aristide showing clearly that this latest summons and arrest was planned in advance otherwise why would the judge be absent but still manage to issue an arrest warrant?

This last point is important because he is not the original judge assigned to the case. The original judge had done nothing because there was nothing to pursue. However Belizaire took over the case without it being handed over to him and then proceeded with the summons and later the arrest warrant.

The charges against the former president which center around corruption, money laundering and drug related, are part of an on going politically motivated harassment against him.  To put into context this latest summons and arrest warrant which is far more threatening that the previous one in May 2013, US journalist Kevin Pina spoke with Pierre Labossiere of the Haiti Action Committee and an updated interview with Pierre on Thursday 14th August [35.36]  August 21st interview with Attorney for Aristide,  Ira Kurzban
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Supporters demonstate against the threatened arrest of Aristide

UPDATED 24/08/14

On Tuesday 12th, magistrate Lamarre Belizaire  issued a summons to President Aristide requesting his appearance at court.  According to Aristide’s lawyer, Mario Joseph, the summons was never received and therefore Aristide did not attend the court.  Joseph himself only managed to attend the court after hearing about the summons on the radio, however the judge who issued the summons was not present. Despite the judge’s absence, an arrest warrant was issued to President Aristide showing clearing that this latest summons and arrest was planned in advance otherwise why would the judge be absent but still manage to issue an arrest warrant?

This last point is important because he is not the original judge assigned to the case.  The original judge had done nothing because there was nothing to pursue.  However Belizaire took over the case without it being handed over and proceeded to summons then issue an arrest warrant.

The charges against the former president which center around corruption,  money laundering and drug related,  are part of an on going politically motivated harassment against him.

Furthermore, the judge himself has been charged with judicial misconduct and been disbarred. Once he steps down as judge appointed by Michel Martelly he will not be able to practice law for 10 years.  He has been responsible for carrying out Martelly’s dirty work, harassing and repressing those who have opposed Martelly’s government.

Following the announcement hundreds of Aristide supporters gathered outside his home in Tabarre to protect him against a potential arrest.    Supporters barricaded the road with burning tyres which was followed by clashes with the UN forces, MINUSTAH and the Haitian National Police.   Since then supporters have maintained a 24 hour vigil outside Aristide’s house.  The popular masses see this new attack against Aristide

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Photos and video by members of Association des Journalistes Haitien Freelance tête ensemble –   Serge Supre and Mackendy Perrin

 

Association des Journalistes Haitien Freelance Tête Ensemble

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Association des Journalistes Haitien Freelance Tête Ensemble is a collective of grassroots citizen journalists based in Camps Acra and Adoquin,  home to 30,000.  Survivors of the January 12, 2010 earthquake began arriving at the camp area almost immediately after the earthquake. At that time it was just an empty piece of scrub land.  It is now 4 and half years and residents remain.   

In February 2014 members of CHAL and Chanjem Leson came together and decided to create a collective of citizen journalists to report on the issues that affect our daily lives: housing, rehabilitation, employment, market traders / street vendors, police harassment, daily conditions in the camp as well as our own activism in the camp through CHAL and Chanjem Leson.   At Present there are 3 members, [Jean Wesley, Serge Supre, Perrin Makendy] although at the moment only two Serge Supre and Perrin Makendy have cameras phones and these are quite basic as can be seen from some of the photos. Occasionally they have been able to borrow a digital camera which has made a huge difference.

In order for the collective to improve their reporting and photographic skills, the group needs 6 digital point & shot or DSLR cameras plus training.  For more on how you can support the collective visit their Facebook page here

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