October 19, 2004: Headlines: COS - Haiti: UN Peacekeeping: Safety and Security of Volunteers: House International Relations Committee Democratic Office: Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA) asks Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez to consider withdrawing volunteers from Haiti to protect their safety amid increasing violence and a shortage of international peace-keeping forces there

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Haiti: Peace Corps Haiti : The Peace Corps in Haiti: October 19, 2004: Headlines: COS - Haiti: UN Peacekeeping: Safety and Security of Volunteers: House International Relations Committee Democratic Office: Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA) asks Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez to consider withdrawing volunteers from Haiti to protect their safety amid increasing violence and a shortage of international peace-keeping forces there

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Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA) asks Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez to consider withdrawing volunteers from Haiti to protect their safety amid increasing violence and a shortage of international peace-keeping forces there

Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA) asks Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez to consider withdrawing volunteers from Haiti to protect their safety amid increasing violence and a shortage of international peace-keeping forces there

Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA) asks Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez to consider withdrawing volunteers from Haiti to protect their safety amid increasing violence and a shortage of international peace-keeping forces there

Lantos Calls on Peace Corps to Consider Withdrawing from Violence-Wracked Haiti


October 19, 2004

Washington, DC Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA) today asked Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez to consider withdrawing volunteers from Haiti to protect their safety amid increasing violence and a shortage of international peace-keeping forces there.

"While removing volunteers from worthwhile and much-needed projects is always somewhat disruptive to the volunteers and the communities in which they serve, the safety and well-being of our volunteers should be our top priority," Lantos wrote in a letter to Vasquez.

Lantos pointed out that within the past two weeks, 46 people have been killed in politically-motivated attacks, including five policemen. He noted that vigilantes have chased the Haitian National Police out of at least one city within 40 miles of where Peace Corps volunteers work. Such incidents prompted the U.S. State Department recently to issue a travel warning advising U.S. citizens to consider leaving Haiti until the situation is stabilized.

"I understand that well-established and battle-seasoned international aid organzations have also temporarily suspended humanitarian relief operations in and to the hurricane-devastated areas because of the surge in violence and the insufficient number of U.N. peace-keeping forces," Lantos wrote. "Mr. Vasquez, I strongly recommend that you immediately re-evaluate the appropriateness of maintaining Peace Corps volunteers in Haiti at this time."

Lantos is the ranking Democrat on the House International Relations Committee and is the co-founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus.





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