[News] Haiti's Jean-Juste diagnosed with life-threatening medical problems
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Thu Dec 8 08:57:34 EST 2005
Fr. Jean-Juste must be released immediately!
Haiti's "Prisoner of Conscience" diagnosed
with life-threatening medical problems
by Bill Quigley
There is new urgency in the call for the immediate release of Pere
Jean-Juste from the jails of Haiti - the priest is seriously ill.
Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste is an internationally recognized
advocate for justice and democracy in Haiti. Often callled the
Martin Luther King, Jr of Haiti, Pere Jean-Juste has been in prison without
charges since he was arrested July 21 after being beaten by a mob in a
church in Port au Prince. None of his attackers were arrested.
Demonstrations of support for Fr. Jean-Juste have occurred frequently in the
poorer areas of Haiti and in many other cities internationally.
Amnesty International, Human Rights First, the International
Association of Democratic Lawyers, members of the Irish Parliament and
leaders of the UN Commission on Human Rights have called for his
release and the release of all political prisoners in Haiti. The
unelected Haitian government, which seized power after overthrowing the
democractically elected government of President Jean Bertrand
Aristide, has refused to respond to internal and international pressure. The
unelected appear intent on leaving Fr. Jean-Juste, former Prime Minister Yvon
Neptune and others in jail without trial until after the country's
frequently postponed elections.
The first comprehensive medical report on Fr.Jean-Juste was just
released by US physician John Carroll MD, who examined
the priest in September 2005 and again in December 2005. The
complete report is available on the website of the Institute of
Justice and Democracy in Haiti. Dr. Carroll's report noted increased
white blood count, swelling in the lymph nodes in his neck and under
his arms, and intermittent
hearing loss. The doctor, who is board certified in internal
medicine, concludes that "the causes for these findings are numerous including
hematolgic [blood] cancers, metastatic [spreading] cancer, and a host of
Dr. John Carroll insists that "Father Jean-Juste needs
an extensive medical work up, CAT scan, and surgical biopsy...and
to beging appropriate treatment immediately. Many cancers of the blood have
a good prognosis when treated early by specialists."
Pere Jean-Juste, in jail and out, always urges
everyone to fight for human rights, real democracy and release of political
prisoners. He advises us to "keep up the struggle, freedom is coming
It is time once again for the international community
to join in solidarity with the people of Haiti and to demand
without ceasing the release of Fr. Jean-Juste.
US citizens are urged to contact the US Embassy in Haiti and demand
that they do everything possible to secure the immediate release of Fr.
* The switchboard number is 011.509.222.0200.
* Faxes can be sent to the US Embassy 011.509.223.9038.
* Emails can be sent to the human rights officers in the embassy:
* Ms. Dana Banks <mailto:banksd at state.gov>banksd at state.gov or
Kevan Higgins <mailto:higginskp at state.gov>higginskp at state.gov
The message can be simple:
Fr. Jean-Juste must be released immediately.
Haiti does not need another martyr for human rights.
By Bill Quigley, Loyola University New Orleans School
Bill is a volunteer lawyer for Pere Jean-Juste with
the Institute for Justice and Democracy,
<http://www.ijdh.org>www.ijdh.org assisting Mario
Joseph of the Bureau des Advocats Internationaux.
Bill can be reached at <mailto:duprestars at yahoo.com>duprestars at yahoo.com or at
832.489.6408 in the US or 011.509.401.4822.
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