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Stop the attacks on former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the Lavalas Movement

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By Haiti Action Committee, San Francisco Bay Review August 17, 2014

On Aug. 13, the Haitian government summoned former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to court on corruption charges. This summons is part of a chilling pattern of repression aimed at destroying Aristide’s political party, Fanmi Lavalas, as the country approaches new legislative elections. We denounce it in the strongest possible terms. 

Supporters Of Haiti’s Former President Try To Block His Arrest (Radio interview)

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By Jacqueline Charles, Here & Now, August 22, 2014

Hundreds of supporters of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide took to the street after a judge ordered his arrest. Aristide, who returned to his country in 2011 after seven years in exile, has been accused of corruption and drug trafficking.

Aristide is not the only former president to have return to Haiti from exile. Jean-Claude Duvalier, nicknamed “Baby Doc,” was in self-imposed exile in France for years. He also returned to Haiti in 2011.

Aristide Warrant and Brandt Prison Break Overshadow Election Derailment

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By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, August 20, 2014

Last week, Haitian demonstrators erected barricades of burning tires and car frames in front of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's home in Tabarre to prevent the government of President Michel Martelly from arresting him. On Aug. 12, investigating Judge Lamarre Bélizaire had issued a court summons for Aristide to come to his offices for questioning the next day, Aug. 13. Aristide never received the last-minute summons which was allegedly left at his gate, according to his lawyer Mario Joseph. 

Indigenous Mayans in Guatemala take Canadian mining company Hudbay to court (Three articles)

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Mining for the truth in Guatemala 

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By Melinda Maldonado, Macleans.ca, July 8, 2014 

Will former President Aristide be arrested? After 10 years of investigations, he has never been charged

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By Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), August 14, 2014

A judge in Haiti has reportedly issued an arrest warrant for former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, saying that Aristide failed to appear for questioning following a summons issued earlier in the week. While some outletsreported that Aristide is facing “charges relating to acts of corruption, money laundering, misappropriation of public funds, criminal conspiracy,” as the Miami Herald noted on Tuesday, Aristide’s attorneys said that their client had not been summoned:

Cholera lawsuit against U.N. in Haiti, and death threats for Haitian advocate for women’s safety (radio interview)

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By WBEZ Worldview & the IJDH, July 16, 2014

IJDH Staff Attorney Beatrice Lindstrom and KOFAVIV Associate Director Malya Villard-Appolon speak about cholera accountability and gender-based violence in an hour-long NPR show about Haiti. Joining them are Dr. Ludovic Comeau of GRAHN-World, and Dr. Evan Lyon of Partners in Health. Bringing perspectives from the legal, medical and economic development fields, they answered questions like “What might happen now that Ban Ki-moon said the UN bears a “moral responsibility” to eliminate cholera,” and “What impact are grassroots organizations having on rapes in Haiti?”

Aristide Allies reject corruption charges against former Haitian leader (two articles)

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Aristide Allies reject corruption charges against former Haitian leader 

By Joseph Guyler Delva, Haitian-Carribbean News Network, August 14, 2014 

Leaders of former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide rejected on Thursday alleged acts of corruption blamed on Aristide and several dozen of his former allies between 2001 and 2004, when he occupied the Caribbean country's top political office.