TRUENEWSBLOG – The President and Chairman of the Board of the Haitian Political Action Committee, (HDPAC) Dr. Georges J. Casimir issued a daring press release, in which he calls on the United States to freeze the assets and cancel the visa of anyone who is funding or otherwise supporting criminal gangs in Haiti. Below is a full excerpt of the Press Release that was widely distributed.
FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
HAITI DOES NOT NEED A FOREIGN INVASION – IT NEEDS POLICE REINFORCEMENT AND A SPECIAL WHITE HOUSE ENVOY WITH CULTURAL COMPETENCY TO HELP BRING THE PARTIES TO A FINAL RESOLUTION LEADING TO FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS WITHIN 12 MONTHS.
Washington, DC – The Haitian Diaspora Political Action Committee (HDPAC) is emphatically and unequivocally against any foreign armed intervention in Haiti under the command of the United Nations. Haitians have no trust or respect for the United Nations because of their sordid history in Haiti.
We are urging the White House and the administration of President Joseph Biden to appoint a White House Special Envoy – very familiar with the Haitian culture – to Haiti to bring the parties together and to assist in the formation of an interim government whose primary goal would be to organize free and fair elections within 12 months. Given the current security situation in Haiti, holding elections now is practically impossible.
HDPAC is asking the G7 Countries to provide a contingent of police experts, a force of between 800-1,200 who will provide reinforcement, equipment, training, and logistical support that would allow the Haitian police to do its job rooting out criminal gangs that have been terrorizing the Haitian people. This technical assistance would help transform the quality of the security forces in Haiti. The special police force of the G7 countries can do this effectively.
Haitians living in Haiti and in the Diaspora will welcome this type of assistance, but military invasion as requested by the de facto regime of Prime Minister Ariel Henry will worsen the current situation and will not well serve the interests of Haiti and its people.
Meanwhile, the United States can and must do the following: 1. Freeze the assets of all Haitian American citizens involved in supplying guns and ammunition to criminal gangs; 2. Freeze the bank accounts of all Haitian actors living in Haiti who are involved in the trafficking of weapons and ammunition with criminal gangs; 3. Identify, arrest, and prosecute all Haitian actors living in the USA who are involved in the illicit arms trade with criminal gangs in Haiti; 4. Cancel the visas of any and all individuals from the political, and economic sectors who are associated with criminal gangs; 5. Arrest, prosecute and revoke the U.S. Residency Status of any Haitian associated with armed gangs in Haiti – We all know who they are.
In fine, we hope that these suggestions – albeit limited in scope – will be taken into consideration by the aforementioned countries in order to ameliorate the living conditions of all people in Haiti and will undergird future interventions and next steps.