July 7, 2011
“Martelly’s Haiti PM had rocky tenure as top cop” — Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

 

Yesterday Jacqueline Charles reported on scathing critique of Haitian President Martelly’s second choice for Prime Minister, Bernard Gousse, leveled during his tenure as the Minister of Justice and Public Security from 2004-2005 during the interim Haitian government after the second ouster of President Aristide.

“He resigned a year later amid mounting international pressure over his handling of security and the prolonged imprisonment of former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune. His tenure was viewed as an utter flop, according to cables obtained by WikiLeaks and shared with McClatchy Newspapers. He’s described in them as unable to deal with judicial corruption, most unhelpful and disappointing.

“Critics accused him of leading a ‘witch hunt’’’against supporters of ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Among those who were jailed under his watch and then later released: Miami activist Gerard Jean-Juste, former Aristide interior minister and now Sen. Jocelerme Privert, and Neptune, who led a hunger strike to protest his more than two years detention….

“Everyone, including his backers in the private sector, agreed that Gousse had been a complete failure both on the security and justice fronts,’’ former U.S. Ambassador James Foley said in a June 3, 2005 cable.”

Advocates for human rights in Haiti expressed grave concern over the nomination, including Robert Fatton of the University of Virginia and Mark Schneider of the International Crisis Group.
To read the full Miami Herald article see:  http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/07/06/v-fullstory/2302864/martellys-haiti-pm-pick-had-rocky.html#ixzz1RRdsJlBR

Thank you to Shaina Aber of Jesuit Refugee Center for circulating the article via the Haiti Advocacy Working Group, a coalition of over 30 groups working for a just and sustainable Haiti and transparent and effective aid to the country.