Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Please sign onto the letter below!  bit.ly/stopcoupinhaiti
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 have 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. 
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.  The people 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.

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Please email signed letters to la@allwomencount.net  Or sign online: bit.ly/stopcoupinhaiti
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.
Ø  Contact Kenneth Merten, Office of the Haiti Special Coordinator
     Phone: (+1) 202-647-9510,  Fax: (+1) 202-647-8900
     Email: HaitiSpecialCoordinator@state.gov
Ø     Tweet to @JohnKerry
Ø  Contact the White House at (+1) 202-456-1111
Ø  Email Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General  dujarric@un.org
Ø  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
Ø  Call your Representatives and Senators: (+1) 202-224-3121
Ø  Contact the Congressional Black Caucus (+1) 202-226-9776
·          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

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