Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Recent Developments

Dec 10, 2020 IACHR Public Hearing on Impunity for Human Rights Violations and Judicial Independence in Haiti
Marking 20 Years Since the Raboteau Massacre Convictions
Bachelet: Haiti ‘death squad’ leader must be served justice, UN OHCHR, July 29, 2020 (French Version)
Sit-in devant le Parquet des Gonaïves avec les victimes du Massacre du Raboteau, BAI, July 28, 2020, VIDEO (original Kreyòl version)
Sit-in at the chief prosecutor’s office in Gonaïves with victims of the Raboteau Massacre, July 28, 2020. VIDEO (Kreyòl with English subtitles)
July 15, 2020 BAI and RNDDH joint letter to Gonaives Commissioner (English Version)
Reversing Post-Raboteau Massacre Trial Impunity: Briefing paper on twenty years of eroding commitments to justice & the opportunity to return to accountability in Haiti, BAI and IJDH, July 13, 2020 (French Version)
July 9, 2020 BAI Letter to the Director General of Taxation (DGI) (English Version)
July 3, 2020 BAI Letter to President Moise, Prime Minister Jouthe, and Minister of Defense Dorneval (English Version)
July 2, 2020 BAI Letter to Government Commissioner of the Court of First Instance of Gonaives (Original), (English version) (French PDF) (calling on the Commissioner to issue formal orders to ensure that all Raboteau defendants are arrested and brought to justice based on the in absentia judgement issued on November 16, 2000)
Op-ed, Give Emmanuel Constant a fair trial; give death-squad leader’s victims justice, Mario Joseph and Brian Concannon, Miami Herald, June 25, 2020 (French version)
May 6, 2020 BAI letter to the Haitian Ministry of Justice and Public Security (calling on the Ministry to arrest and bring to justice any fugitives convicted in the Raboteau Massacre trial who are deported to or otherwise present in Haiti); the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (le Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains, RNDDHjoined the BAI in calling for the same on May 16, 2020
May 13, 2020 letter from Reps. Waters and Levin to the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security (“[u]rg[ing] DHS to Detain Haitian Death Squad Leader Toto Constant in the U.S. until the Haitian Government Provides a Plan to Prosecute Him under Haitian Law”)

News Stories
Il faut empêcher l’ancien chef paramilitaire de FRAPH Emmanuel Toto Constant « d’échapper à la justice », souhaite le Haut-Commissariat des Nations unies aux droits humainsAlterpresse, July 30, 2020
Emmanuel ‘Toto’ Constant must not be allowed to escape justice, UN tells Haiti, Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, July 29, 2020
Viktim Masak Raboto yo plantè pikèt yo devan pake Gonayiv la pou mande jistisRadio Tele Pyramide Haiti, July 29, 2020
Popilasyon ki te viktim nan yon masak Mask nan vil Gonayiv mande jistis, Exalus Mergenat, VOA Nouvel, July 27, 2020
Kiyes Toto Constant ye?Anonymous, July 27, 2019 (Warning: Graphic Content)
Massacre de Raboteau: le BAI et le RNDDH recadrent le commissaire du gouvernement des Gonaïves, Ricardo Lambert, Le Nouvelliste, July 15, 2020
Toto Constant fait un recours en Habeas Corpus. Qu’est-ce que ça veut dire ?, Jameson Francisque, Ayibopost, July 12, 2020
Is ‘Toto’ Constant on his way to being freed? Haiti prosecutor says he has no files, Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, July 10, 2020 (quoting Mario Joseph of BAI)
Gonaïves Prosecutor Claims He Cannot Find the 2000 Raboteau Trial Judgment. Here It Is., Kim Ives, Haiti Liberte, July 9, 2020
Wikileaks: Secret U.S. diplomatic cables highlight danger that “Toto” Constant might elude justice, Kim Ives, Haiti Liberte, July 8, 2020
The U.S. sent back the torturer Haiti calls ‘the devil.’ Can its courts handle him?, Editorial Board, Washington Post, July 5, 2020
Asosyasyon viktim masak katye Raboto yo mande jistisVOA Nouvel, July 1, 2020
Insecurity, impunity could impede Constant’s prosecution in Haiti, Sam Bojarksi, Haitian Times, July 1, 2020
Emmanuel « Toto » Constant : déporté, l’ex-chef paramilitaire suscite appréhensions et soif de justice.Le Nouvelliste, June 24, 2020
Emmanuel ‘Toto’ Constant is back in Haiti. Death squad leader immediately arrested, Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, June 23, 2020
Haitian strongman Emmanuel ‘Toto’ Constant is back on U.S. deportation flight to homeland, Jacqueline Charles and Monique O. Madan, Miami Herald, June 22, 2020
Deportation of Haitian death squad leader is waiting on Haiti government, Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, June 12, 2020
Emmanuel ‘’Toto’’ Constant Reste Emprisonné aux Etats-Unis (Emmanuel “Toto” Constant Remains Imprisoned in the United States)Le Nouvelliste, May 27, 2020 (reporting that the government of Haiti announced that, at its request, the U.S. would temporarily halt the deportation of Emmanuel Constant, a former paramilitary leader convicted in absentia for crimes under the Cédras dictatorship)
30 Deported to Haiti, But Ex-Strongman Remains in US, Evens Sanon, AP, May 26, 2020 (reporting that Haitian government spokesperson “said the government would arrest Constant if ever he is deported from the US to Haiti, but that he would Be eligible for a second trial”)
Haiti death squad leader’s US deportation is back on,  Monique O. Madan and Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, May 20, 2020
Edwidge Danticat: U.S. deportations to Haiti during coronavirus pandemic are ‘unconscionable’ | Opinion, Edwidge Danticat, Miami Herald, May 10, 2020
The U.S. planned to send a death squad leader to Haiti. Then it said never mind., Monique O. Madan and Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, May 6, 2020
The US Has Been Exporting COVID-19 to Haiti; Now, It Is Returning a Death Squad Leader, Jake Johnston, Center for Economic and Policy Research, May 5, 2020

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