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Human Rights urge protection of journalist threatened by Mayor

Samuel Maxime

Editor-in-Chief

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA (sentinel.ht) – A coalition of Haitian human rights organizations, joined by the New England Human Rights Organization (NEHRO), urged Haitian judicial authorities to pursue Jean Gabriel Fortuné, the Mayor of the City of Les Cayes for his pointed death threats against a journalist, Jean Nazaire Jeanty, correspondent for Radio Caraïbes FM and Radio FM in the South Department.

While expressing their solidarity with journalist Jeanty, the Platform of Human Rights Organizations of Haiti (POHDH) and NEHRO called for justice officials to provide the necessary security for Jeanty and loved ones who were subjected to the death threats.

The activist organization called the behavior of the Mayor of Aux Cayes “retrograde and undemocratic”. His statements are “serious violations of the right to freedom of expression in Haiti”, a released statement said.

“It is inconceivable that a State official could assume the right to threaten the life of a journalist who, in the exercise of his function, draws attention to a situation deemed intolerable”, NEHRO said such “behavior is unsatisfactory”.

NEHRO stated that its position is based on the Haitian Constitution, which recognizes the right of all people to speak and to express freely.

These two human rights advocacy groups also denounce the actions of Mayor Jean Gabriel Fortuné, who poses a threat to the rights to life guaranteed by the 1987 Haitian Constitution, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Jean Gabriel Fortuné publicly uttered death threats against the journalist Jeanty, after a report of this denier, in which he recounted the presence of garbage on the beach Gelée (near the Cayes), where is scheduled, Saturday 12 On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, a festival on the occasion of the feast of Our Lady of the Assumption of the Roman Catholic Church in Haiti.

Several human rights advocacy groups, including the Association of Haitian Journalists (Ajh), the Haitian National Media Association (ANMH), the Haiti Independent Media Association (Amih), the Ecumenical Center (CEDH) strongly condemned Jean Gabriel Fortuné’s death threats against journalist Jean Nazaire Jeanty.

Meanwhile, journalist Jeanty filed a complaint against Mayor Fortuné, who is expected to attend the Civil Prosecutor’s Office of the Cayes on Monday, August 21, 2017, in order to answer for his death threats against the correspondent of Radio Caraibes Fm in the South of Haiti. [Apr 14/08/2017 15:10]

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.