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Haiti - Politic : Strong reactions from Gary Bodeau sanctioned by Canada
21/11/2022 08:31:34

Haiti - Politic : Strong reactions from Gary Bodeau sanctioned by Canada
In a public statement dated November 20, 2022, former Deputy and former Speaker of the Lower House Gary Bodeau reacts to the sanctions imposed on him by Canada.

Note of reactions from Gary Bodeau :
"I, Gary Bodeau, unequivocally condemn the recent Canadian government press release that labeled me as an individual involved in the financing and proliferation of gangs and other violent groups in Haiti https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-38176-haiti-flash-canada-imposes-sanctions-on-3-other-haitian-politicians.html . The Canadian government has accused me of participating in human rights violations against my own people, the people of Haiti.

Throughout my political and professional career, I have never participated in any of the activities of which I am accused. I challenge anyone to attest of the contrary. I have always supported the efforts of nonviolent groups in Haiti who strive to build a better future where human rights are respected and where Haitians can achieve prosperity.

What the Canadian government is doing is targeting me and subjecting me to political persecution. Also, this baseless action was designed to rob me of my credibility and prevent my continued rise in the sphere of democratic governance of Haiti.

The Government of Canada is making allegations for which there is absolutely no evidence. At no time in my life have I been involved in gang-related activities, human rights abuses, arms trafficking, or any other illicit trafficking in my country or anywhere else in the world. I have never taken part in any activity that could lead to the destabilization of my country and harm the security of my compatriots.

The reality is that I have dedicated my life to public service. I have dedicated my life to the people of Haiti. I have dedicated my life to helping people in my community, of my constituency and of my country can live in a society of which they can be proud and where they can feel safe. During my four years in office in the Haitian Parliament. I have proposed and supported laws that guarantee the rule of law, the promotion of human rights which elevate the Haitian people in dignity. After my mandate, I created a Foundation which is dedicated exclusively to offering young people sports and educational activities in several municipalities of the country.

'ln fine', I ask my fellow Haitians to continue to believe in me and stand by my side as I continue to fight for democracy in Haiti. I ask all those who know me whether in the national or international community to continue to support me during this long journey. As a proud son of Haiti, I will take all legal steps necessary to clear my NAME and regain your public trust. I'm sure the truth will acquit me and light our way to freedom."

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