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Human Rights Defender, Daniel Dorsinvil, and Wife Murdered

February 8th, during a walk in Port-au-Prince, Daniel Dorsinvil and his wife were shot and killed. Many are calling this double murder an attack on the human rights community.

Human rights leader and wife assassinated

The Sentinel Staff, The Sentinel
February 10, 2014

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – The general coordinator of an organization comprising eight of the largest human rights organizations in Haiti was shot dead, along with his wife, in Port-au-Prince Saturday.

Daniel Dorsinvil and his wife Girldy Larêche were walking in Canapé Vert, an office and business district in Port-au-Prince, on Saturday at 2 in the afternoon when they were coldly gunned down by unknown individuals.

Dorsinvil is the General Coordinator of the Platform of Haitian Human Rights Organizations (POHDH), a coalition of Haiti’s human rights organizations that include the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH).

The two died on the scene with Daniel receiving five bullets and his wife one, according to the Executive Director of RNDDH, Pierre Esperance, the crime appears to be an execution in the fashion it was carried out with the wife receiving five bullets and Daniel receiving one in the head.

“This is a real shock to POHDH, family and relatives of the two victims,” Antonal Mortimer, Executive Secretary of POHDH told AlterPresse. Mortimer says the two were killed near a library in the area and had not visited a bank as most killings are done in Haiti; there is no information in terms of motive.

The two members of the human rights sector both denounced the attempts of authorities to minimize the severity of the crime by suggesting the two individuals had just left the bank. Mortimer said “even if that were the case, that is not a reason why someone should be killed.”

It is both an “attack against the human rights sector” and a “political crime,” Mortimer said, pointing to the “impunity” in the country.

The two human rights lawyers Andre Michel and Newton Louis St Juste released a statement:

“We André Michel and Louis Newton St Juste, Bar Association of Port-au-Prince, vehemently condemn the execution this Saturday, February 8, 2014 in Bois Patate, Daniel Dorsinvil, Coordinator of the Platform of Haitian Human Rights Organizations (POHDH) and his wife, Girldy Larêche.”

According to the lawyers, the version of government officials that the victims were returning from the bank, “in no case should be put forward to guarantee impunity and hide the true nature of the crime.” Instead, they argue, “it is a political crime to intimidate the human rights sector that is considered an inconvenience for the powers that be.”

A civil engineer and a former official at the Ministry of Public Works Transport and Communications (TPTC), Daniel Dorsinvil, was one of the founders of the Alternatives and Justice Group (FPG) another human rights organization, member of POHDH.

Daniel Dorsinvil also an activist in the Popular Resistance Committee Batraville Benoit (KRPBB), which is part of the initiative for the establishment of the Patriotic People’s Democratic Movement (MPDP), a group of thirty political and social organizations , currently being coalesced in Haiti.

Girdly Lareche is the sister of Deputy Ronald Lareche (Ouanaminthe/Inite). She worked at the General Hospital and volunteered as a nurse for Medecins sans Frontiers (Doctors without Borders).

Deputy Lareche said the crime was not a simple robbery as the assailant or assailants made sure the individuals were dead.

 

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