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 News and opinions on the situation in Haiti

Haiti News 24-27 October, 2007


Comparing the Canadian Government and Media Response: Burma and Haiti
… by unshakable principles”, shared by Canadians “values such as freedom, human rights, democracy and the rule of law.” He said it was these principles that lay behind Canada’s presence in places like Haiti and went on to declare…..

Letter on behalf of Haitian detainee (Nicole Beatrice Lewis) from father Gerald Jean Juste, demanding Justice be done |  Oct. 25, 2007

Rev. Gérard Jean-Juste
1303 N.E. 143rd Street
North Miami, FL 33161
Tel: 786-290-1750
Miami October 25, 2007
Mr. Marc Moore

Field Office Director
Central South Texas
8940 Fourwinds Drive
San Antonio, TX 78239
Fax: 210-957-7292
RE: Nicole Beatrice Lewis, A97-957-102 (Haiti)
Woman detained at the Port Isabel Service Processing Center
Dear Mr. Moore,
I am writing to request the humanitarian parole of Nicole Beatrice Lewis (A97-957-102) a woman from Haiti currently detained at the Port Isabel Service Processing Center. Mrs. Lewis is seeking asylum and is appealing her case to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).
I believe that Mrs. Lewis is an excellent candidate for parole. Asylum seekers should be considered for parole if they can establish identity and community ties. Mrs. Lewis has already established her identity and clearly has broad community support. Leaders in South Florida’s African American and Haitian communities have shown an outpouring of support for her and are urging immigration officials to release her, as many other community leaders. They are doing so because Mrs. Lewis presents a particularly compelling case for release for several reasons.
First, Mrs. Lewis is married to a U.S Citizen, Myron Lewis, who resides in their home in Hollywood, Florida. She has five US born children:
1. Makayla Monique Lewis, DOB 6/20/05
2. Michael Casseus, DOB 5/7/00
3. Wilbert Cadet, DOB 11/30/95
4. Celixson St-Hubert, DOB 9/17/94
5. Fabian St. Hubert, DOB 11/30/93 USC
Second, Mrs. Lewis has suffered both physically and mentally since being detained and separated from her family in June of this year and it is my understanding that her health is deteriorating as she claims abused and aborted last June in a Miami detention. Since she is currently in a Texas jail, she is far removed, purposely hidden from her family, attorney and support system. PITY FOR this Black Refugee WOMAN, MOTHER OF FIVE SUFFERING CHILDREN.
Finally, asylum seekers like Mrs. Lewis should not be detained. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has determined that the detention of asylum-seekers is inherently undesirable and arbitrary. See UNHCR Revised Guidelines on Applicable Criteria and Standards Relating to the Detention of Asylum Seekers, Feb. 1999. The Physicians for Human Rights, in a recent scientific study, found that the psychological health of detained asylum seekers is extremely poor and worsens the longer asylum seekers remain in detention. (See Executive Summary, From Persecution to Prison: The Health consequences of Detention for Asylum Seekers, Physicians for Human Rights, June 2003).
Mrs. Lewis understands that she must appear for all appointments and hearings regarding her immigration case and that she must report all changes in address. Based on the above, I, Gerard Jean-Juste, a Roman Catholic priest on sick leave due to a leukemia cancer, former Executive Director of the Haitian Refugee Center in Miami Florida, urge you to parole this mother of five immediately. Thank you for your kind consideration and compassion of this request.
With God’s bless, Sincerely yours,
Father Gérard Jean-Juste
Cc: Pope Benoit XVI, President Georges W. Bush, US Secretary of State C. Rice, USA Apostolic Nuncio Pietro Sambi, Paul Candemeres, Assistant Field Office Director (Krome), The Carter Center, The US Congressional Black Caucus, Senator Richard Lugar, UNHCR, Alva James-Johnson
Forwarded by the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network

Haiti : Risk, conflict and sustainable change
AlterPresse-Haïti – Port-au-Prince,Haiti
By Lee Chance [1] Haiti has almost vanished from the news; Iraq,
Afghanistan, Darfur and the current presidential race in the United States
can partly …

Corker visits Haiti
Chattanooganow (subscription) – Chattanooga,TN,USA
Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is in Haiti this weekend as part of a Senate
delegation. “This is the first time in modern times that we’ve been
able to
deal with a …

HAITI: Fighting HIV a task as tough as the island
Plus News – South Africa
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 26 October 2007 (PlusNews) – A fall in HIV rates in Haiti
over the last few years is welcome news but celebrations may be premature:
the …

HAITI: Using the power of the cinema to spread the word on AIDS
Plus News – South Africa
“Haiti is a country dominated by the idea of magic, where almost no disease
or natural death exist,” said local moviemaker Arnold Antonin, who wrote
the …

Ramdin Underscores International Support for Haiti
By (Department of Press and…
Ramdin, underscored the international community’s efforts to strengthen democracy, security and development in Haiti, and reiterated the region’s ongoing commitment in supporting the Caribbean nation overcome difficult challenges.


Dominican, Venezuelan governments to improve Haiti-border highway
The Dominican and Venezuelan governments agreed to seek a definitive solution to the problems of the International Highway that spans most of the border with Haiti, bolster the border crossings and expand health programs to control …

They Support the Jubilee Act, Now Ask Them to Support Haiti
By jubileeusa
Say some version of the following: “I am calling to urge Representative ______ to co-sponsor the Haiti debt cancellation resolution (H Res 241), if she/he has not already done so. This bill would provide immediate debt cancellation for …

Rev. CB Moss Urges Investments In Haiti
The Bahama Journal – Nassau,Bahamas
CB Moss urged members of the Rotary Club of West Nassau on Thursday to
pioneer local trade investments with Haiti. “I don’t want the Bahamas to
miss out on …

Haiti: US officials visit IOM’s community stabilization project in …
ReliefWeb (press release) – Geneva,Switzerland
The projects, which are part of the Haiti Stabilization Initiative (HSI),
aim to reduce the power and influence of gangs by revitalizing local
governance …

Haiti’s Emeline Michel captures hearts with her new release
Caribbean Net News – Georgetown,Cayman Islands
NEW YORK, USA: Haiti’s singer/songwriter Emeline Michel returns with her
new single ‘Gade Papi’ from her upcoming album, Reine De Coeur (Queen of
Hearts). …—24-24—.html

HAITI – US Officials Visit IOM’s Community Stabilization Project …
By appablog
HAITI – US Officials Visit IOM’s Community Stabilization Project in
Cité Soleil – Tomorrow US officials will visit Ti Ayiti, a
neighborhood in the vicinity of the slums of Cité Soleil, where IOM is
implementing community stabilization …

Significant work to make Haiti CSME-ready: Carrington
Carrington said a significant amount of work had to be done to bring Haiti on board the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME). The Haitian Parliament ratified the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas including the Single Market and Economy …


Significant work to make Haiti CSME-ready: Carrington
Carrington said a significant amount of work had to be done to bring Haiti on board the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME). The Haitian Parliament ratified the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas including the Single Market and Economy …

Haiti ratifies CARICOM treaty
By lauren
Haiti has ratified the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, moving the former French colony one step closer to participating in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSM), CARICOM Secretary General Edwin Carrington said …

Standing up to the EPA threat
Latin America Press – Lima,Peru
Haitian development and human rights organizations in Haiti are campaigning
against the signing of a new trade relationship with the European Union
(EU) …

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