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8901: Who was Jean Marie Vincent? (fwd)
As it some years since Father Jean Marie Vincent was killed, I thought it
might help some of those new to Haiti to post some thing about him.
Amnesty International appeal September 1996 -
<<Nobody has been brought to justice for the killing of a Catholic priest,
Father Jean Marie Vincent, who was shot dead on 28 August 1994 during the
rule of the de facto military regime of General Raoul Cedras. He was shot
several times by unidentified men as he was entering the residence of the
Montfortain Fathers in Port au Prince. It is widely believed that Father
Vincent was targeted by the security forces because he was a close friend and
supporter of President in exile Jean Bertrand Aristide. Father Vincent, who
had worked for many years with peasants in the Jean Rabel area, was the
founder of a group of missionaries which organized a peasant movement called
This case is under investigation by a team of foreign lawyers employed by the
Haitian Government. However, although some progress has been made with other
high profile cases, no arrests have so far been made in connection with the
killing of Father Vincent.>>
Together with Father Joseph Philippe, Father Jean-Marie Vincent founded
Fonkozé, Haiti's Alternative Bank for the Organized Poor.
The Tet Ansanm peasant organisation went on to develop into the national
peasant movement, Tet Kole Ti Peyizan, which is holding its second national
congress this month.
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