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Deposition De Pieces Dans Le Proces De Jean Claude Duvalier

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A Quest for Truth in Haiti

By Jacqueline Charles, The Miami Herald Thu, Apr. 11, 2013 The unresolved demons in Michèle Montas’ life underscore how even the influential in Haiti can’t push the levers of a justice system that’s badly in need of reform. Forced into exile by the Duvalier dictatorship — only to return to Haiti, and be forced out again by an assassin’s bullet — Montas today finds herself at the center of two epic legal cases winding at snail-pace through the judicial system. In one courtroom, an investigative judge is trying to determine who ordered the assassination of her husband, agronomist-turned-famous journalist Jean Léopold Dominique and a guard in the courtyard of his Radio Haiti-Inter 13 years ago this month. In another, a three-judge appeals panel is determining whether former President-for-Life Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, 61, should stand trial on human rights abuses […]

Haïti: Human Rights Watch assistera à l’audition de Duvalier

(New York, le 19 février 2013) – Reed Brody, conseiller juridique auprès de Human Rights Watch, sera présent à Haïti à partir du 20 février 2013 pour assister à l’audience de la cour d’appel consacrée à l’affaire de l’ancien dictateur Jean-Claude Duvalier, alias « Baby Doc ». Le 21 février, la cour examinera un appel interjeté par des victimes contre l’ordonnance rendue par un juge d’instruction en janvier 2012, qui a estimé que Duvalier ne pouvait être poursuivi pour les crimes contre les droits humains qu’il est soupçonné d’avoir commis lors de sa présidence de 1971 à 1986, au motif que ces crimes étaient prescrits. Duvalier, qui a été sommé d’assister en personne à l’audience du 21 février, a par ailleurs fait appel de l’ordonnance du juge du tribunal de première instance, selon laquelle il peut être poursuivi pour les faits présumés de détournement de fonds […]

Haiti: Human Rights Watch to Monitor Duvalier Court Hearing

Human Rights Watch Feb 19, 2013 (New York, February 19, 2013) – Reed Brody, senior counsel at Human Rights Watch, will be in Haiti beginning February 20, 2013, to attend the Court of Appeal hearing in the case of former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier. On February 21, the court will hear an appeal by victims from the January 2012 ruling by an investigating judge that Duvalier could not be prosecuted for alleged human rights crimes committed during his rule, from 1971 to 1986, because the statute of limitations had expired. Duvalier, who has been ordered to attend the February 21 hearing in person, is also appealing the lower-court judge’s ruling that he can be prosecuted for alleged embezzlement and other financial crimes. “Haiti has a binding legal obligation to investigate and prosecute the grave violations of human rights under Duvalier’s rule, and […]

Former Haitian Dictator Denies Abuses at Historic Hearing

Jane Regan and Milo Milfort, The Final Call March 19, 2013 PORT-AU-PRINCE (IPS)—For the first time ever, Haiti’s former dictator recently faced his accusers, answering questions about corruption and human rights abuses during his brutal 15-year regime (1971-1986). The court of appeals hearing was part of a process that will determine if he is to be indicted on rights abuses. “We think that this is a wonderful day for justice in Haiti,” rights attorney Nicole Phillips of the Washington-based Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), told IPS. “For the first time…and despite the efforts of his attorneys, Jean-Claude Duvalier came to court.” The ex-dictator showed up on Feb. 28 only after first disregarding three previous orders. The sweltering courtroom was packed with over a dozen victims of the regime and with local and foreign journalists, lawyers and representatives of […]

Duvalier on Trial: Justice or Joke?

By Beverly Bell , Other Worlds March 15, 2013 Twenty-seven years later, the unimaginable has become real. Former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier has been brought to trial for crimes against humanity. Will justice finally arrive for the hundreds of thousands who were murdered, tortured, imprisoned, beaten, savaged, and degraded by him and his father, François “Papa Doc” Duvalier? Camille Chalmers, director of the Haitian Platform for Alternative Development in Haiti (PAPDA), said in an interview, “Of course you can’t get a fair trial against Duvalier in this country. The political system and government we have can’t judge him. First, the culture of impunity is being reinforced as we speak. Second, Duvalier is the source of the government’s inspiration. To judge Duvalier is a bit like judging itself.” Yet the very fact of the trial is a legal as well as moral victory for […]

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