top
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Tue Aug 1 2006
Yvon Neptune Released from Prison to Seek Medical Care
Tue Aug 1 2006
After 15 Months of Hunger Strike in Protest of Detention, Former Haitian PM Released
After more than two years in prison and a fifteen month intermittent hunger strike, former Haitian Prime Minister Yvon Neptune was freed in order to seek medical treatment on Thursday, July 27th. Neptune is one of the most high-profile political prisoners who have been detained by the U.S.-backed interim government in Haiti. He was jailed shortly after the 2004 coup that ousted Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide. Attorney Mario Joseph has been quoted as saying that when Neptune is released from the hospital, he will be allowed to go home. There are varying reports as to the status of charges against Neptune, but they likely still stand. "Half-Hour for Haiti" organizers credit activists in Haiti, as well as people all over the world who have written letters in support of Neptune's release.

When he was released from prison, Neptune walked out of the National Penitentiary. Two UN peacekeepers then helped him into an ambulance that took him to a hospital. He was frail and barely able to speak, after having spent much of the last 15 months on a hunger strike. The release came less than two weeks after more than 3,000 people marched in Port-Au-Prince, calling for the return of Aristide and the release of all political prisoners, and celebrating Aristide's birthday.

Democracy Now report | Half Hour a Week for Haiti
02/24/17 Activists Protest HP Enterprise for Profiteering from Racism in Israel-Palestine and U.S. Anti-War | San Francisco | U.S. | International | Palestine02/24/17 Protest After Fresno Mayor Lee Brand Says City Will Not Provide Sanctuary for Immigrants Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Central Valley | Government & Elections | Immigrant Rights02/23/17 Shortly After Shutdowns of College Speaking Events, Milo Shunned by His Own People Racial Justice | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Education & Student Activism | Central Valley | East Bay | U.S. | Immigrant Rights02/17/17 Santa Cruz DA Won't File Charges Against Police Officer Who Killed Man Holding Garden Rake Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia02/16/17 Nationwide Ramp-Up of Highly Militarized ICE Raids Includes California's Central Coast Front Page | Police State and Prisons | California | U.S. | Immigrant Rights | Santa Cruz Indymedia02/15/17 Number of Monarchs Overwintering in California Remains Low Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | California | U.S. | International | Americas | Santa Cruz Indymedia02/15/17 Civil Rights Groups Condemn New York City's Fordham University Ban on SJP Front Page | Education & Student Activism | U.S. | Palestine02/14/17 Safe Drinking Water Exemptions Allow Oil Companies to Dump Waste Fluid Into Aquifers Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | East Bay | California | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia02/13/17 Eight Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline Protested Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Racial Justice | Peninsula | U.S.02/13/17 Dam Maintenance Neglected as Governor Brown Promotes Delta Tunnels Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | California | Government & Elections02/09/17 International Women's General Strike on March 8: Walk Out, March and Demonstrate Front Page | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Labor & Workers | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | LGBTI / Queer | Womyn | U.S. | International
Related Categories: Haiti | International