Magazine article The Christian Century

NCC Speaks out on Crisis in Haiti

Magazine article The Christian Century

NCC Speaks out on Crisis in Haiti

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Joan Brown Campbell, general secretary of the National Council of Churches, has called on the Clinton administration and the UN to redouble pressure on the military authorities in Haiti and their supporters to stop their violence and cede power to the countrys democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. In a statement issued October 15 Campbell called for "the re-establishment of the rule of law in Haiti and of conditions which enable the return of the constitutional president of Haiti."

Campbell expressed her personal condolences to Aristide as he mourns the loss of Guy Malary, Haiti's minister of justice, who was assassinated October 14 along with two aides in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Campbell also re-emphasized the NCC's commitment to continue working with its ecumenical partners in the region to support victims of the violations of human rights that continue to mark the island nations current situation and to assist in the restoration of democracy.

"The prevailing situation in Haiti continues to be characterized by repression, violence and gross violations of human rights by those in power," Campbell declared in her statement. …

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