Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil for MINUSTAH Withdrawal from Haiti, November 5, 2011

CONTINENTAL MEETING FOR THE IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL OF UNITED NATIONS TROOPS FROM HAITI

Saturday, November 5, 2011, 3 PM, São Paulo, Brazil
(Version française ici)   (Original statement in Portugese here)

In October, the United Nations Security Council will meet to discuss renewing the mandate of MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti) for another year. The report of the Secretary General of the UN supports is that the renewal will be approved.

In Brazil, the new Minister of Defense, Celso Amorin, has said “It is time to discuss an organized withdrawal, in consultation with the UN, of course. That discussion can be in August, December, or January. When is not important”.

Thousands of Haitians are protesting in the streets against the troops. Democratic, popular and trade union organizations in Haiti are speaking out against what they call “occupation troops”. For instance, the recent congress of the Autonomous Confederation of Haitian Workers (CATH) voted to demand the “total and unconditional cancellation of Haiti’s foreign debt, the immediate withdrawal of the occupation forces of MINUSTAH and compensation for damages caused by the cholera its soldiers brought (to Haiti).” *

The Haitian people are tired of the occupation that violates their sovereignty. We are in solidarity, we want to see a free Haiti. It is time for Brazil to remove its troops!

More than seven years have now passed of occupation by UN troops, under Brazilian leadership and including soldiers from 42 countries. They stand accused of rape, repression of workers and the murder of Haitian leaders.

President Dilma Roussef must take the initiative and withdraw Brazilian troops.

Haiti needs doctors, nurses, engineers, technicians and material for its reconstruction—not soldiers who repress legitimate Haitian protests. Let’s fight for the immediate withdrawal of MINUSTAH!

We invite one and all to a CONTINENTAL MEETING FOR THE IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL OF UNITED NATIONS TROOPS FROM HAITI, including representatives from other countries of South America who have joined the cause.

São Paulo,  August 2011

Signed,

Adriano Diogo, Sao Paulo State Deputy (Workers Party); José Candido, Sao Paulo State Deputy (Workers Party); Yulo Oiticica, Bahi State Deputy and Workers Party Leader in the State Assembly; Milton Barbosa (Movimento Negro Unificado–Black United Movement); Julio Turra (CUT, Central Única dos Trabalhadores–United Workers Confederation); Jose Eudes (Presidente da CUT-DF); Izac Jacson Cavalcanti (Presidente da CUT-AL); Sergio Goiana (Presidente da CUT-PE); Jean Loyola (FENAJUFE–National Federation of Unions of Justice Workers); Marcelo Buzzetto (MST, Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra–Movement of Landless Rural Workers); Lucia Skromov (Comitê Pró-Haiti); GOG (rapper, DF); Luiz Gonzaga da Silva GEGÊ (Central de Movimentos Populares); Joelson Souza, Juventud Revolución (Revolution Youth); GUTO (presidente do Sindicato dos Jornalistas de São Paulo–Journalists Union of the State of São Paulo); Claudinho Silva (Sectorial del Combate al Racismo PT/SP—Workers Party Sao Paulo Section for Combatting Racism); Markus Sokol (member of the National Directorate of the Workers Party); Olivio Dutra (Founder of Workers Party and ex-governor of the state of Rio Grande do Sul); Barbara Corrales, Defender o Haiti é Defender a nós mesmos–(Committee ‘Defend Haiti is to Defend Ourselves’ of the State Assembly of Sao Paulo); Berthony Dupont, Editor, Haiti Liberté newsweekly; Kim Ives, International Support Haiti Network; Roger Annis, Canada Haiti Action Network

Location: Câmara dos Vereadores de São Paulo (Salão Nobre – 8º. Andar), Viaduto Jacareí, 100 – Centro – Metro Anhangabaú

This statement is issued by the comittee ‘Defender o Haiti é Defender a nós mesmos’ (Committee ‘Defend Haiti is to Defend Ourselves’) of the State Assembly of São Paulo (ALESP). To contact: comitedefenderhaiti@uol.com.br.

(*) The UN has finally recognized that the cholera bacteria was introduced to the country by the Nepal unit of MINUSTAH. The epidemic has infected more than 300,000 Haitians and killed more than 5,800. The annual cost of MINUSTAH is U.S. $850 million— nine times the amount budgeted to fighting the cholera epidemic.