|Campaign for the Return of the FRAPH/FADH Documents|
Between 1997 and 2000 the Haiti Support Group backed the Campaign, launched by Haitian grassroots organisations, with supporters in over 30 countries, that demanded the return of approximately 160,000 pages of documents (including "trophy photos" of human rights victims with their torturers, as well as video and audiocassettes) removed from Haitian military (FADH) and paramilitary (FRAPH) offices by U.S. troops in 1994.
These documents were the legal property of Haiti under national and international law. They were regarded as important for Haitians to establish the truth about the 1991-94 military dictatorship, and to prepare cases against those responsible for the regime's human rights violations. See Haiti Briefing No 30, 33, 34
The Haiti Support Group participated in the Campaign by collecting signatures for an international petition demanding that the United States government return the full and uncensored documents to Haiti. The petition was signed by thousands of individuals and organisations all over the world.
For the text of an article about the Documents Campaign by Brian Concannon of the International Lawyers' Office in Port-au-Prince see Concannon article
The Campaign in Europe
The Haiti Support Group coordinated the collection of signatures for the Campaign from individuals and organisations outside North America and the Caribbean.
Victim of the FRAPH death squad in the slum area of Cité Soleil in 1994. Photo by Leah Gordon.
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Everyone knows that Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Few people however know that the EU is the largest single development aid donor to the country. Yet for more than 15 years, the European Commission has failed to provide the European Parliament and the European taxpayer with even the most basic national development assessment for the hundreds of millions of Euros invested in Haiti. This case study aims to underline some of the principal concerns we have regarding EU aid spending in Haiti and will also offer some practical suggestions to MEPs for action on aid accountability and policy.
The Haiti Briefing, available in English and French and Spanish, is the key publication of the Haiti Support Group. Published quarterly, since 1992, it provides our members, Haiti watchers and decision-makers with analysis of Haiti's development issues, reflected through the voices of popular organisations on the ground. Back issues are available in our archive.
The latest issue (No. 79) examines Haiti's tourism model - touted as the solution to its economic stagnation - is exclusionary and damaging for the poor majority. Multi-million dollar investments that could potentially revolutionise Haiti are being spent on making life much more comfortable for the foreign visitor and the country's elite, cutting most Haitians off from any opportunities to benefit. Read this latest version entitled "New Pirates of the Caribbean" here.
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