Resolution on Haiti

Adopted at 1993 Annual Conference

Whereas, Haiti and the United States have historically had an extremely close relationship;

Whereas, a military coup in 1991 overthrew the democratically elected government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide which had promised a new era of hope and dignity for the long-oppressed and desperately poor Haitian people;

Whereas, the United States has denied refugees the right of asylum;

Whereas, the 2000-member Social Responsibilities Round table of the American Library Association is dedicated to promoting human rights and social justice everywhere;

Therefore Be It Resolved that Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association urges the American government to immediately grant Temporary Protected Status to all Haitian refugees, including Guantanamo; and

Be It Further Resolved that copies of this Resolution be sent to President Clinton, Ambassador Lawrence Pezzullo, the Haiti Communications Project, the Quixote Center/Haiti Reborn, and the library press.

SRRT Newsletter Issue 109, p. 3