bcholmes: (haiti)

A letter I sent to the New Internationalist tonight: She writes letters )


Jan. 13th, 2010 01:52 pm
bcholmes: (haiti)

I just heard that the prison is one of the buildings that collapsed. This is the same prison I was in a few days ago.

I hope Ronald Dauphin is all right.


Jan. 4th, 2010 05:26 pm
bcholmes: (haiti)

Also! Also!

I smuggled a camera into a federal prison and took a picture of a political prisoner!

bcholmes: (haiti)

Last week the Haitian government finally served the April 2007 appeals court decision in his case, after 29 months of delay. Service of the appeals court decision allows Mr. Dauphin’s lawyer, Mario Joseph, to get in to court and fight for his release. This step also means the complete dismissal of all charges against former political prisoner and Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, after 5½ years of struggle.

— Half-Hour for Haiti

bcholmes: (haiti)

I'd meant to get around to this a few weeks ago. It's part of a letter-writing campaign that various Haiti groups are organizing. Some early reports suggest that the campaign is having some effect.

And Canadians on my reading list: wanna write Minister Kent?

B.C. Holmes
Queen St. W.
Toronto, ON

July 30th, 2009

The Hon. Peter Kent
Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas)
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
110 Justice Building
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

cc: Bob Rae, Olivia Chow, Paul Dewar

Dear Minister Kent,

I am writing regarding the case of the Haitian prisoner Ronald Dauphin. Ronald Dauphin was a grassroots activist for the Lavalas party in Haiti, and he has spent the last five years in prison, without a trial.

The difficult conditions of Haiti's prisons are taking their toll on Mr. Dauphin's health. A recent US-based human rights delegation from the state of California saw Mr. Dauphin during a visit to the National Penitentiary on April 16. The delegation included a nurse and an emergency medical technician, who examined Mr. Dauphin and concluded that he suffered from multiple serious and perhaps life-threatening health problems. This is consistent with reports from Mr. Dauphin's family.

more )

Some background articles:

Legal Backgrounder on Dauphin Case by Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (PDF)

Haitian Political Prisoner Ronald Dauphin Should Be Hospitalized by Joe Emersberger

Justice Denied: Haitian Political Prisoners and Canadian development dollars by Chris Scott

The Politics of Finger Wagging: Canada and Haiti's "Justice" System by Stu Neatby


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