To recall the historic liberation struggle of the Haitian people, as well as the consequences of the military occupation by the Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minustah) and the possibilities of reparation after the strong repression, sexual abuse, spread of the cholera epidemic and Persecution of opposition leaders were part of the topics discussed this Friday at the seminar From Independence to the Minustah.
The activity, organized by the Simón Bolívar Institute for Peace and Solidarity among Peoples, and under the slogan Reparations now for the Haitian people! Served, among other things, Camille Chalmer, from the Haitian Platform for the Promotion of Alternative Development (Papda), to relate the historical context of the struggle for independence in Haiti to this day and the most recent passage of the Minustah as a form of imperial occupation and militarization.
Haiti and its historic occupation
“The situation in Haiti is extremely difficult due to the destruction, product of the colony and as result of 500 years of the American occupation that began in 1915 which has disorganized the entire social and political fabric in the country”, said Chalmer at the beginning of his intervention.
Likewise, he denounced that Haiti has been suffering not only an occupation for more than 15 years, but also a systematic violation of its fundamental rights, and that for this reason it was imperative to feed not only the anti-imperialist consciousness of the Haitian people, but also of the region and the world to identify all the manipulation that occurred in the official discourse of the supposedly humanitarian and peace missions, that only seek to defend their interests.
Importance of the Rome Statute
During her speech, Jeanvivie Williams, director of the Organization Afroresistencia (Panama), highlighted the role of the Afro-descendant community in Haiti in relation to the conventions that protect them within the framework of the United Nations.
“It is essential that Haiti ratify the Rome Statute to hold state and non-state actors responsible for the recruitment and use of children in armed violence”, she said.
Challenges of the Haitian people
Patrice Florvilus, from the Law Firm specialized in strategic human rights litigation (Haiti), was in charge of exposing the challenges in judicial matters in relation to the abuses committed by the United Nations Mission for the Stabilization of Haiti.
Likewise, lawyer Florvilus insisted that the fight for reparations “is the fight of the peoples of the world”, and that it was imperative that Haiti obtain justice.
Venezuela and its solidarity as a State policy
It should be noted that during the activity, Jesús Chucho García, commissioner for Afro-descendant issues and reparations (Venezuela), reiterated the vocation of solidarity -as a State policy- of Venezuela with Haiti.
“Commander Chávez, under the conviction of Petión and Bolívar, took up the idea of liberation (…) We bet on liberation to avoid dependency, we bet on liberation to avoid empires”, he specified during his speech.
Along the same lines, the Vice-minister for North America and president of the Simón Bolívar Institute for Peace and Solidarity among Peoples, Carlos Ron, ratified the commitment of the Bolivarian Revolution with the Haitian people, which “is nothing more than the exchange of the oldest solidarity that this continent has” and assumed, on behalf of the Venezuelan people, the commitment to take the case of Haiti directly to the UN Human Rights Council.