Haiti international actions to stop the electoral coup - Please sign and call officials!

 

UPDATE: On the International Day in Action in solidarity with Haiti (Dec 16), tens of thousands of Haitian people took to the streets again, demanding their votes be counted.  In solidarity, demonstrations took place in the US and UK, supporting Haitian people’s call to overturn the stolen elections. Nineteen members of the UK Parliament signed an Early Day Motion asking about grave irregularities in the election, and questions were also put to the UK Foreign Office (see below). Secretary of State John Kerry and the UN were flooded with international emails pressing the US to stop supporting the fraud. A delegation visited the LA Consulates of Brazil (which heads the UN MINUSTAH forces in Haiti) and Ecuador (which trained the special police force BOID being used to terrorize grassroots Haitian communities), and successfully pressed Deputy Consuls at both to convey concerns expressed in the letter along with documents including the Early Day Motion to their governments. We plan to follow up with them.

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Demonstration outside the US Embassy in London

 on Dec 16  (report in the Morning Star here)

 Dec. 16 is a crucial date because it marks the 25th anniversary of Haiti’s first free election (in 1990) where a grassroots movement swept the courageous parish priest Jean-Bertrand Aristide into the Presidency with two-thirds of the vote.



Please continue calling & emailing officials below. See bottom for sample letter.

BLACK LIVES MATTER IN HAITI AND EVERYWHERE!
STOP SUPPORTING THE ELECTORAL COUP IN HAITI!
STOP TERROR AGAINST THE HAITIAN PEOPLE!

Haitian lives count Count Haitian votes. Annul Haiti’s stolen election.
Stop repressing those who are demanding electoral transparency.

Despite polling data and human rights organizations’, media and eyewitness reports of massive fraud in the October 25th Haitian Presidential and Legislative election (see article), the OAS and US State Department has now refused Haitians’ demands to invalidate the election – the US poured at least $30 million of tax payers’ money into this fraudulent election.  The current US-backed President Michel Martelly handpicked Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP).  On November 24th this same CEP declared that a functionary of Martelly’s party, Jovenel Moise, along with Jude Celestin, were the top vote getters. The CEP has scheduled a run-off election between these two for December 27th. 

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Since their revolution in 1804 where those enslaved rose up and defeated their colonial masters establishing the first Black republic and made the way for the ending of slavery in the Americas, Haiti has been punished for their boldness.  They have remained determined to complete their revolution and to establish their self-determination. Haitians have taken to the streets in the tens of thousands to denounce the October 25th election as a fraud and an assault on democracy. SEE VIDEO.  Additionally, Fanmi Lavalas, the party of the popular former-President of Haiti Jean Bertrand Aristide, has formally contested the vote and has brought a claim against Haiti’s Electoral Council before the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights.


Violence Against Protesters

With little or no coverage in the mainstream US media, there is now a terror campaign directed against those calling for democracy in Haiti. Supporters of opposition parties have been shot and killed, and police have attacked demonstrators with tear gas, batons, and live and rubber bullets. In one incident, caught on camera, a unit of the Haitian police called BRI attacked two young men in Rue des Remparts, Port-au-Prince. See the Fanmi Lavalas Facebook page for several videos including a graphic and very upsetting video of this crime.

We the undersigned endorse the call from Haitians for international solidarity with the people of Haiti and call on the US government to:

·       Rescind US support for this “electoral coup.”

·       Support the people’s demand for invalidation of the August 9th and October 25th election and for new and transparent elections.

·       Stop the US-financed terror campaign against Haiti’s poor majority who are fighting for democracy.

Signed____________________________

Address_______________________________
Organization if any

____________________________________ Date________________

Please email signed letters to la@allwomencount.net  Or sign online: bit.ly/stopcoupinhaiti

 

WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO

Tell US officials, the UN and countries participating in the UN occupation of Haiti that Haiti’s stolen election must be declared invalid and new elections held, and that shooting and other repression against Haitians who demand transparency in their election must be stopped.  (Sample letter at bottom).

  Contact Kenneth Merten, Office of the Haiti Special Coordinator
     Phone: (+1) 202-647-9510,  Fax: (+1) 202-647-8900
     Email:
HaitiSpecialCoordinator@state.gov

     Tweet to @JohnKerry

  Contact the White House at (+1) 202-456-1111

  Email Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General  dujarric@un.org

  Contact Sophie Boutaud de la Combe, Spokesperson and Deputy Chief of Communication of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH )
     Cell Phone: +(509) 3702-9042   Bureau: +(509) 2229-6700 (ext 2691)
     Email:
boutauddelacombes@un.org

  Call your Representatives and Senators: (+1) 202-224-3121

  Contact the Congressional Black Caucus (+1) 202-226-9776

Background:

·          Presidential candidate Dr. Maryse Narcisse of Fanmi Lavalas demanded the right to review the tally sheets.  The CEP sent the matter to the National Electoral Office of Contestations (NEOC) who selected a sample of Tally Sheets. 

·          The Executive Director of the National Human Rights Defence Network confirmed that irregularities in 98% of the Tally Sheets under review reflected massive acts of fraud aimed at changing the results of the elections and that the beneficiary of the fraudulent Tally Sheets was the candidate of Haiti’s outgoing President Martelly.

·          While Haiti’s Electoral Decree provides for the expulsion from the race of any candidate who benefits from a finding of fraud, yet the Electoral Council refused to disqualify the government candidate (Jovenel Moise).

·          The CEP recognized that fraud and irregularities were discovered in a random sampling of Tally Sheets but yet determined further investigation was not warranted and moved ahead to confirm the election result.

·          CARICOM observers reported, among other things, “intimidation”, “too many anomalies”, and that “the secrecy of the ballot was compromised”. They have called for “more transparency in the processing of the Tally Sheets”.

·          Legislative first round elections held on August 9th were plagued by fraud and violence with more that 20% of the ballots lost. See http://www.cepr.net/blogs/haiti-relief-and-reconstruction-watch/local-observers-document-massive-fraud-intimidation-and-violence-in-haiti-election

·          Despite the violence and fraud, the August 9th election was sanctioned by the US, the UN occupying forces, and the Organization of American States (OAS). 

·          On 5 October, Congresswoman Maxine Waters wrote to US Secretary of State John Kerry, expressing deep concern about Haiti’s 2015 elections in which she stated that many are calling for the resignation of the current CEP and the annulment of the entire first round.” https://waters.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congresswoman-waters-urges-secretary-kerry-support-free-fair-and

Haitians have protested continually against government repression and corruption, and for free and fair elections. It is only because of their pressure that the recent elections took place. They are now fighting for their votes to be honored. Haitian lives count. Count Haitian votes.



For more info: Haiti Action Committee: action.haiti@gmail.com (510) 483-7481 www.haitisolidarity.net
Women of Color in the Global Women’s Strike and the Global Women’s Strike:   
la@allwomencount.net   (323) 276-9833  www.globalwomenstrike.net

SAMPLE LETTER 

To ___________:

Haiti’s stolen elections of August 9th and October 25th must be declared invalid and new elections held, and the shooting and other repression against Haitians who demand transparency in their election must be stopped. People around the world are increasingly aware of what is happening in Haiti and we demand answers.

  • Presidential candidate Dr. Maryse Narcisse of Fanmi Lavalas demanded the right to review the tally sheets.  The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) sent the matter to the National Electoral Office of Contestations (NEOC) who selected a sample of Tally Sheets.
  • The Executive Director of the National Human Rights Defence Network confirmed that irregularities in 98% of the Tally Sheets under review reflected massive acts of fraud aimed at changing the results of the elections and that the beneficiary of the fraudulent Tally Sheets was the candidate of Haiti’s outgoing President Martelly.
  • While Haiti’s Electoral Decree provides for the expulsion from the race of any candidate who benefits from a finding of fraud, yet the Electoral Council refused to disqualify the government candidate (Jovenel Moise).
  • The CEP recognized that fraud and irregularities were discovered in a random sampling of Tally Sheets but yet determined further investigation was not warranted and moved ahead to confirm the election result.
  • CARICOM observers reported, among other things, “intimidation”, “too many anomalies”, and that “the secrecy of the ballot was compromised”. They have called for “more transparency in the processing of the Tally Sheets”.
  • Despite the violence and fraud, the August 9th election was sanctioned by the US, the UN occupying forces, and the Organization of American States (OAS).

Haitians have protested continually against government repression and corruption, and for free and fair elections. It is only because of their pressure that the recent elections took place. They are now fighting for their votes to be honored. Haitian lives count. Count Haitian votes.

Sincerely,

EARLY DAY MOTION AND PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS
SUBMITTED TO UK PARLIAMENT 16 DEC 2015

SIGNED BY 19 MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

 “That this House notes with concern reports of grave irregularities and massive acts of fraud in the elections in Haiti regarding counting and tabulation of votes; rejects any attempts to influence the electoral results through corruption or force; condemns violence against the tens of thousands of people who have been demonstrating peacefully against what they are calling an electoral coup d’etat; urges the UK Government to offer every support to ensure that reports of fraud, violence and intimidation are fully investigated so that the people of Haiti have a legitimate and fairly elected government of their choice.” 

Parliamentary questions: 

“To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of claims of electoral fraud in the recent legislative and presidential elections in Haiti. 

“To ask the UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations what steps are being taken to address the recent findings by Haiti’s National Electoral Office of Contestations confirmed by the Director of the National Human Rights Defense Network, of ‘grave irregularities to massive acts of fraud aimed at changing the results of the [presidential] elections’ in October. 

“To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the UK has had any involvement in rebuilding Haiti since 2010 when it committed to co-ordinate UK aid being sent to Haiti after the earthquake.”



 Organizational signers to letter 

Caribbean Labour Solidarity, UK

Global Women’s Strike, US, UK

Haiti Action Committee, US

Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, US

Payday men’s network, US, UK

Queer Strike, US, UK

U.S. Citizens Against War, Florence, Italy

Welfare Warriors, US

Women’s Health Project, UK

Women of Color in the Global Women’s Strike, US, UK

 

Individual Signers 

Margaret Prescod, Host of nationally syndicated radio program ‘Sojourner Truth’

Pierre Labossiere, Haiti Action Committee, US

Robert Roth, Co-founder, Haiti Action Committee, San Francisco, US

Walter Riley, Civil Rights Attorney, Chairman of Haiti Emergency Relief Fund, US

David Welsh, Delegate, San Francisco Labor Council

Selma James, Global Women’s Strike, UK

Nina Lopez, Legal Action For Women, UK

Sara Calloway, Women of Color in the Global Women’s Strike, UK

Phoebe Jones Schellenberg, Quaker, Philadelphia, US 

Adrienne Fong, US

Alex Brew, UK

Alicia Dorsey, Global Women Strike, US

Aliya Yule, Wadham College, University of Oxford

Asiyahola Sankara, Black Lives Matter, US

Barbara Laxon, US

Bobbie Flowers

Caroline Smart, UK

Celyne Camen, US

Cindy Barg, Belgium

Dave Duckshoot, UK

Dave Watt, UK

David Gibson, Peacehome Campaigns, US

Dean Kendall, Payday, US

Debby Hanrahan, US

Denver Garrison

Dr. Susan Curtiss, US

Ed Wujciak, PDA, US

Emma Lewis, CLS, UK

Emre Çetin Gürer, US/Turkey

Eric Gjertsen, Payday men's network, US

Gail Pean, US

Giorgio Giandomenicci, Italy

H.Sibtain, UK

Hanna Demel, UK

Heidi Richter, UK

Isabel Garcia, Coalicion de Derechos Humanos, US

Jean Lisungi, Scotland
Jean Pauline, US

Jim Yarbrough

Jo Coffey, Bay Area Women in Black, US

John Hanrahan, US

Karen Lee, US

Leslie Mullin, Haiti Action Committee, US

Lisa Fannen, Women's Health Project, UK

Lisa Hood, UK

Luci Murphy, Artists Against Apartheid, US

Lynda Brewer, US

Marie Fitzpatrick, Every Mother is a Working Mother Network, US

Martha W D Bushnell, US

Mary Prophet, USLAW, US

Nasreen Mahmud, US

Nile Nugnez, UK

Norma J F Harrison, Peace and Freedom Party, US

Pam Hall, US

Pat Albright, US

Pat Gowens, US

Shandre Delaney, Human Rights Coalition, US

Sidney Ross-Risden, Global Women’s Strike, US

Suzanne W Ross, International Family Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, NY, US

Tonya Wenger, US

Willow Katz, Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (for id only), US

 

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