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In January 2011, 34-year-old Wildrick Guerrier died only 9 days after being deported by the U.S. to Haiti. Guerrier and 26 other men were jailed in filthy police stations in Haiti without being provided clean water or food and were held in a cell covered with human feces and vomit. These conditions during a cholera epidemic are – quite literally – deadly. Guerrier and other men fell ill, exhibiting cholera-like symptoms, and were refused medical care.
Despite Guerrier’s death, broad public outrage, and an order from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) urging the U.S. not to deport the Haitian petitioners to Haiti, the Obama administration sent another plane of deportees to Haiti on April 15, 2011. These men were immediately detained in various police stations. We have received reports that people with serious medical and mental health conditions were deported and one deportee had to be hospitalized for severe diarrhea and vomiting.
See our petition-- signed by nearly 3,400 people -- to President Barack Obama, Secretary of State HIllary Clinton and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano urging an immediate halt to these inhumane and cruel deportations to Haiti.
For extensive background information, please click here for our case page.
In our efforts to educate and mobilize the public about the continuing deportations to Haiti, the Center for Constitutional Rights purchased a video ad on the CBS Times Square Jumbotron in Manhattan (see the ad below) asking the public to sign our petition to “Stop the Deportations.” The ad, which would have reached millions daily, was put up and then yanked by CBS Media because it was “too controversial.”
Do you think asking President Obama and other officials to stop sending people to an earthquake-ravaged country during a cholera epidemic is “too controversial?” We don’t. If you are also troubled by the actions of CBS Media in removing our Jumbotron ad, please take a second to contact [email protected] to let them know how you feel, and ask CBS for a real explanation.