Marleine Bastien speaks to the Human Rights of Haitians at the UN in Geneva
"Continuing deportations to Haiti violations the basic fundamental rights of the deportees."
- Marleine Bastien, March 11, 2014 at the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
Most people- even most human rights organizers- are not aware that the United Nations Human Rights Committee is currently reviewing the United States' compliance with its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified by the U.S. in 1992. While the US is very outspoken about human rights across the globe, it is also obligated to follow those same rules.
In recognition of FANM's 21 years of work and standing in the US as an advocate for Haitian immigrants, Marleine Bastien was invited to join a delegation organized by the well respected US Human Rights Network to testify at the review in Geneva, Switzerland.
Marleine commanded the attention of the room and briefed the working committee about the extent to which the US recognizes the civil and political rights- including the right to refuge- of Haitian immigrants. "We are asking that the US stop all deportations to Haiti."
Is this the beginning of Marleine playing a more prominent role on the international stage? Only time will tell, but what we do know is that FANM needs your financial support to continue and grow it's advocacy work. Please support this critical work with a tax-deductible contribution RIGHT NOW.