To: Ministère de la Justice et de la sécurité publique (MJSP); Inspection Générale de la Police Nationale d’Haïti (PNH); L’Office Protecteur Citoyen (OPC)

Haiti: Justice for Davidtchen Siméon! Protect Labor and Human Rights Organizers!

Haiti: Justice for Davidtchen Siméon! Protect Labor and Human Rights Organizers!

Petition Text

We demand the immediate apprehension and prosecution for murder of police officer Jean Maxime and the other perpetrators and backers of the assassination of Mouvement de Liberté, Égalité des Haïtiens pour la Fraternité (MOLEGHAF) organizer Davidtchen Siméon on Saturday, August 13th, in Fort National, Port-au-Prince. And we demand that all measures within the government's power be taken to protect David Oxygène and other labor, human rights and democracy activists from further acts of harassment, intimidation, and violence.

Why is this important?

On Saturday August 13th at 3:30 p.m., in the working-class neighborhood of Fort National, Port-au-Prince, as he was leaving a meeting of the Movement of Liberty, Equality of the Haitians for Fraternity (Mouvement de Liberté, Égalité des Haïtiens pour la Fraternité, or MOLEGHAF), a group of armed men including police officer Jean Maxime assassinated Davidtchen Siméon, a 23-year-old youth organizer with the popular progressive organisation MOLEGHAF, which is deeply engaged in the struggle against imperialism, the oppression of the workers by transnational capital, and the UN's occupying forces (MINUSTAH).

A few days before this despicable killing, on Wednesday, August 10th and Thursday August 11th, Davidtchen had been violently attacked and threatened by police officers.

This barbaric act was perpetrated against Davidtchen after he spoke out publicly and forcefully against the UN agency UNOPS' decision to locate a construction project including some buildings and a road in his neighborhood, and later he denounced the miserable wages of the construction workers on this project.

It is a well-known fact that, in Haiti under the occupation, UN or government "projects" in poor communities are often implemented undemocratically, without consulting the local population. And when community opposition inevitably develops, thugs are brought in to silence and intimidate local leaders through violence, threats and intimidation.

MOLEGHAF, the organisation to which Davidtchen belonged, is known in Haiti for its fight to defend national sovereignty and for the withdrawal of MINUSTAH troops from Haiti, which MOLEGHAF considers the major precondition for the exercice of real democracy.

Regardless of our diverse political opinions on these issues, the assassination of Davidtchen must be condemned in the strongest terms by all those who are defenders of democracy and fundamental human rights.

Therefore, we, the Plenum of the Conference on the Problems of the Occupation in Haiti, convened in Port-au-Prince this Friday August 19th, 2016, at the seat of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) (International Lawyers’ Bureau), at #3, 2eme impasse Lavaud, Lalue, call for national and international solidarity from all peoples organisations, to take a stand towards the competent authorities, particularly the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, the Office for the Protection of Citizens (OPC) and the General Prosecution to the National Police of Haiti (PNH), to demand that the backers and the perpetrators of Davidtchen Siméon’s killing be identified and condemned.

Down with the UN Occupation!

Down with Barbarism!

MINUSTAH Out of Haiti!

In defense of democracy, against barbarism: Punish those responsible for murdering our comrade Davidtchen Siméon!

UPDATE: Last week, David Oxygène, a Haitian revolutionary leader and organizer was threatened at gunpoint by a police officer. The same police officer is one of the individuals accused of murdering Davidtchen Siméon.

Send your messages (with copies to the initial signatories) to:

Ministère de la Justice et de la sécurité publique (MJSP): Av. Charles-Summer 18, Port-au-Prince

Inspection Générale de la Police Nationale d'Haïti (PNH) : 07 Autoroute de Delmas (zone Delmas 2, Haïti)

L'Office Protecteur Citoyen (OPC): Ave. John Brown, Lalue (Port-au-Prince), tels (+ 509) 2940 3065/ 3702 0656, email : opc@protectioncitoyenhaiti.org/ opc-haiti@hotmail.com

Forward messages to: moleghaf17@yahoo.fr and eit.ilc@fr.oleane.com

Initial Signatures:

Confédération des Travailleurs des Secteurs Public et Privé (CTSP) : ctspphaiti@yahoo.fr

Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI): avokahaiti@aol.com

Syndicat National des travailleurs de l’Art (SYNTART) : syntart76@gmail.com

Mouvement des Étudiants pour Libérer Haïti (MELA) : melajusctice2016@gmail.com

Résistance Benoit Batraville

Association des victimes du choléra de Boucan-Carré

SESP-Syndicat

USCPH-Union Syndicale des Constructeurs Professionnels d'Haïti – affiliée à la CTSP

Regroupement des victimes du choléra de Lachapelle : 3871 9112

MOLEGHAF : moleghaf17@yahoo.fr

Message from David Oxygene:

Mwen salye tout manm, patizan ak senpatizan MOLEGHAF yo.

Mwen vle esplike nou 2 bagay. Premye bagay la se yon gwo zak agresyon mwen sibi ye dimanch lan ve 6 ze 30 PM,kote mwen te soti nan yon reyinyon politik ak plizye kamarad MOLEGHAF. Moun ki fe agresyon an sou mwen se menm moun ki te asasine kamarad nou DAVITCHEN SIMEON jou ki te samdi 13 out 2016 lan nan fo nasyonal, se yon polisye ki rele JEAN MAXIME. Pendan mwen sot nan rankont politik la ye dimanch lan, lem rive nan ri Icare zon ki kole ak legliz sentantwan, lem rive nan ri Icare polisye ki rele Jean Maxime lan agresem, li frapem, li pwomet mwen lap touyem epi menm moman li tire yon katouch anle ak yon pistolet kalib 9 mm.

Apre li pwente zam lan sou mwen pou tirem. mwen denonse zak asasina sa ki fet sou mwen an kote mwen rive konpran n lapolis la tounen yon rezo teworis pou asasine militan kap goumen toutbonvre.

Map mande pou komise gouvenman sezi dosye sa, pou enspeksyon lapolis idantifye polisye Jean Maxime epi mete l nan yon pozisyon pou lajistis ka tandel, map made pou oganizasyon dwa moun yo pote kole ak mwen ki nan yon yon sitiyasyon difisil politikman.

Dezyem bagay mwen vle di, se yon demanti fomel MOLEGHAF vle pote ak yon ban m detrakte ki vle fe kwe MOLEGHAF ap bay yon konferans pou lapwes jodi a pou sipote politik senate youri a. MOLEGHAF demanti sa. dapre tout enfomasyon mwen genyen yo vle fe konnen se ekip nasyen premye minis Lamothe kap frape MOLEGHAF. yo fe konnen se yon konferans MOLEGHAF ap oganize nan otel LE PLAZA a 11 ze maten an. se manti total, MOLEGHAF pa gen konferans maten ditou. se traktasyon politik, matrakaj politik, divesyon politik pou kapab kraze gwo batay MOLEGHAF ap mennen an.


Reasons for signing

  • Many of us abroad, particularly those in Canada are told endlessly about how much we are "helping" the people of Haiti. Reality paints a different picture and our governments support of the missions is to blame for the conditions which led to this assassination.
  • We must stand in solidarity with the people of Haiti and their struggle for self-determination.
  • Stop the terrorism in Hati.

Updates

2016-09-02 00:25:55 -0400

100 signatures reached

2016-08-29 09:10:33 -0400

50 signatures reached

2016-08-28 12:47:03 -0400

25 signatures reached

2016-08-28 02:21:54 -0400

10 signatures reached