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Canadian "Human Rights" Group Champions Cause of Haiti's Elite
Date: Saturday, November 18 2006

Canada’s NED?

by Yves Engler; September 16, 2006 - Znet

Whose rights? What sort of democracy?

These are the questions that must be asked of “Rights & Democracy,” a Montreal-based political group funded almost entirely by the Canadian government.

This week Rights and Democracy has taken part in a smear campaign against a study released in the Lancet medical journal detailing the terrible human rights situation in the 22 months after Haiti’s elected President Jean Bertrand Aristide’s ouster. E-mails have been sent to various journalists from Rights and Democracy, in which they claim a co-author of the Lancet report is biased. Additionally, Nicholas Galetti, in charge of the Rights and Democracy Haiti file, was quoted in The Globe and Mail claiming the peer-reviewed study’s methodology is flawed. Why are Rights and Democracy working strenuously to discredit a study estimating that 8000 were killed and 35,000 raped in Port au Prince?

A couple of days after René Préval’s victory in Haiti’s recent presidential elections, the group, which supposedly has a mandate to promote human rights and democracy around the world, issued a statement (re-posted on left-wing website that said Préval “must... form a government of national reconciliation.”

Strange words for a group that made no similar demand of Steven Harper, Canada’s Prime Minister. Harper’s Conservative Party won a minority government with less than 40% of the vote in Canada’s federal elections in January.

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