Homage to My Mothers: Restavek, Vodou, and Haiti’s Stolen Children
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  By Dady Chery Haiti Chery “There are no orphans in Haiti!” After a long silence at the other end of the line, my friend Jordan murmurs: “Come again?” He must be thinking I lost my senses. I realize how … Continue reading

Colonialism of the Mind – Part II
Dady Chery

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. Of all the campaigns to undermine Haitian culture, the one to discredit restavek adoption — in which a biological parent collaborates with a respected adult to care for a child — enjoys the most zealous support from the west’s NGO and alternative press.

Human Trafficking Gang Busted By Zimbabwe and Zambia

By Majie Sayila, The Times of Zambia | Staff, The Herald Online. Forty-one Bangladeshis have been arrested between Zimbabwe and Zambia as these countries tighten the fight against human trafficking. Fifteen who were smuggled into Zambia from the Democratic Republic of Congo have been fined for unlawful presence in the country. The driver of the truck in which they were ferried was committed to the High Court for sentencing after he admitted to the offense of smuggling persons, which carries a minimum sentence of 15 years.

Lac Azuei: A Bridge for Child TraffickersL’Étang Saumatre, un pont pour les trafiquants

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By Milo Milford (kft, gp), AlterPresse | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | YouTube. Lac Azuei, also called Etang Saumatre, is Haiti’s main natural lake. With an area of ​​over 110 square kilometers (42.5 square miles), it is a lovely sight. The lake is also a place of feverish activity by child traffickers. (English | French)

Former Argentina Dictator Jorge Videla Gets 50 Years for Stolen Children | El ex dictador argentino Jorge Rafael Videla ha sido condenado a 50 años de prisión

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By Staff, Agencies via AlJazeera | By Staff, RT. In a major victory for rights group the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo (Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo), former military leader and president of Argentina Jorge Videla has been sentenced to 50 years for systematically stealing the babies of detained leftist activists. Another 10 former members of Videla’s government, including a woman were also sentenced. (English | Spanish)

Documentary Tracks Cultural Genocide of American Indians

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By Rose Aguilar, Truthout | YouTube. From 1879 until the 1960s, more than 100,000 American Indian children were forced to attend boarding schools. Children were forcibly removed or kidnapped from their homes and taken to the schools. Families risked imprisonment if they stood in the way or attempted to take back their children.

Record Numbers Deported, Thousands of Their Children Taken By Current U.S. Administration

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By Staff, Huffington Post. More than 5,100 children were living in foster care in January 2012 because their parents were detained or deported, according to a study released by the Applied Research Center, which advocates for immigration reform.

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Francoist Nun Charged With Theft of Babies from Poor Single Women | Ladrones de bebés ante la justicia

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By Inés Benítez, IPS, Cambio3 | NY Daily News, YouTube. Eighty-year-old Catholic nun, María Gómez, is charged with involvement in the 1982 disappearance of a child who was reunited as an adult with her biological mother in 2011. The Spanish nun is alleged to have belonged to a network of francoist doctors, priests, nuns, public notaries and judges who stole babies from clinics and hospitals, mainly linked to religious organizations, and sold them to infertile couples. Such networks had continued after the Franco era, well into the 70’s and 80’s, in Spain. (English | Spanish)

Argentina Remembers Children Stolen During Dictatorship: Trial Finally Under Way | Memorias de la dictadura argentina: las pruebas sobre el robo de bebés

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By Marcela Valente, IPS | Staff, Cuba Debate. The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo are finally getting heard in court after 35 years of demanding their stolen grandchildren. Eight former officials of the brutal Argentinian dictatorship that began on March 24, 1976 and lasted 7 years, are accused of “taking, retaining, hiding and changing the identities of” 34 children born to political prisoners held in clandestine prisons during the dictatorship. UPDATE on Mar 27th: Closing arguments. (English | Spanish)

The Underside of International Adoption in Haiti | Les dessous de l’adoption internationale en Haïti

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Amos Cincir, Le Nouvelliste | Staff, HPN | Translation and editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Over 2,000 Haitian children are adopted each year by foreigners, over 55 percent of them French. This is an activity fraught with scandal. The Haitian government has announced that it would resume international adoptions that had been frozen since the earthquake. This decision follows two years of pressure from a group of French nationals to tie the delivery of French aid to an ex post facto legalization of the removal of undocumented Haitian children.

Magistrate Baltasar Garzon Sentenced to 11 Years of Disbarment by Partisan Spanish CourtGarzón dice adiós a la carrera judicial al ser condenado a 11 años de inhabilitación

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By José Yoldi and Julio M. Lázaro, El Pais | Translated by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | Wikipedia. As people protested outside the Criminal Chamber of the National Court in Spain, a group of partisan judges allied to Spain’s ruling conservative Partido Popular (PP, People’s Party) unanimously condemned Judge Baltasar Garzón to 11 years of disbarment for ordering the recording of conversations of the ringleaders of the corrupt Gürtel group connected to the PP. UPDATE: Translation of full El Pais article by DC, plus background on Gurtel case. UPDATES on Feb 10th: Video of rally for Garzon in Madrid; Garzon who vows to fight the sentence. UPDATE on Feb 12th: New rally in Madrid draws over 10,000 supporters.

The Garzon Trial: Petty Vengeance

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By Robert Bosschart, Radio Netherlands. More than anything, Judge Baltasar Garzon is paying the price for seeking to uncover a vast corruption ring (the so-called Gurtel case) within a Conservative party that embezzled millions during its previous administration and has just returned to power. This case highlights the fact that the Spanish judiciary are top party hacks appointed by a quota system that divides up the slots among the political parties. UPDATED Feb 9, 2012.

Argentina Invokes Universal Jurisdiction for Crimes Against Humanity | Argentina invoca la jurisdicción universal para crímenes contra la humanidad

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By Marcela Valente, IPS, Periodistas En Español | Princeton Principles of Universal Jurisdiction, Univ. Minnesota Human Rights Library. A judge in Argentina has begun to investigate human rights crimes committed during Spain’s civil war and the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco (between 1936 and 1975). The case is invoking the principle of universal jurisdiction for crimes against humanity and has landed in Argentina because Spain’s justice system is not effectively taking action. Indeed Spain is currently persecuting Judge Baltasar Garzón. This story is important to watch. Summary of Principles of Universal Jurisdiction included. (English | Spanish)

Argentina Dictator Guilty of Torture | 15 ans de prison de plus pour l’ex-dictateur Reynaldo Bignone | El exdictador argentino Reinaldo Bignone fue condenado a 15 años de cárcel

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By Michael Warren, AP via Sydney Morning Herald | Staff, AFP via Noticias 24. Argentina’s last dictator Reynaldo Bignone was convicted on Thursday [Dec 29] of more crimes against humanity for setting up a secret torture centre inside a hospital during the 1976 military coup. Also convicted on Thursday were SWAT team leader Luis Muina, 57; and a former air force brigadier, Hipolito Rafael Mariani, 85. Bignone received 15 years, Muina 13, and Mariani 8. The victims’ families also want life imprisonment for Mariani and Muina. (English | French | Spanish)