Danny Glover in South Africa for Aristide
According to actor Danny Glover's attorney, he has arrived in South Africa to escort former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide back to his home country.
From the AP:
Miami lawyer Ira Kurzban flew to Johannesburg Wednesday on the same mission amid unexplained delays as the United States called for Aristide to put of fhis departure until Sunday's disputed presidential runoff in his homeland.
Kurzban says the star of the "Lethal Weapon" action movies arrived Thursday morning.
Aristide has been in exile seven years. Aides say he fears that either of the two right-wing candidates running for president might reverse the decision to allow his return once elected.
Glover is among U.S. celebrities and politicians including Jesse Jackson and entertainer Harry Belafonte who have been pushing for Aristide's return.
Why does this American actor feel so invested in another country's politics, though? Glover, who is board chair for the human rights and social-advocacy organization TransAfrica Forum, says, "People of good conscience cannot be idle while a former dictator (Duvalier) is able to return unhindered while a democratic leader who peacefully handed over power to another elected president is restricted from returning to his country by external forces.”
The United States government, on the other hand, has asked Aristide to delay his departure until Sunday's disputed presidential run-off in his Haiti, out of concern that his return would distract voters.
Read more at the Associated Press.