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Today, in Haiti a trial opened for police and prison officials charged in connection to the killing of prisoners in Les Cayes in the days following the 2010 earthquake.
On January 19, one week after the massive earthquake, at least a dozen inmates were killed in what officials at the time called a prison break. But eyewitnesses described police firing on unarmed inmates and an independent commission found “grave violations of human rights” in the incident. The case brings into focus police accountability, prison conditions and ongoing abuses of the judicial system in Haiti.
For more, we’re joined by Brian Concannon, director at the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.
And in other news from Haiti, a report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research says that the Organization of American States intervened in Haiti’s elections in 2010 by casting doubt on the first round votes – despite having no statistical evidence to do so. As a result, vote tally sheets were thrown out and the candidate Jude Celestin was relegated to third place while Michel Martelly advanced to second. Martelly went on to win the presidency.
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