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U.S. and Latin America Should Support Prosecution of Haiti’s Duvalier (

By Jeena Shah,  January 3, 2012 Nunca Mas. Never again. From Argentina to Guatemala, nunca más served as the clarion call for justice for the victims of the mass atrocities and systemic political repression that plagued Latin America and the Caribbean for decades. On January 16, 2011, the hope that the call would someday be universally heeded rose again when one of the last century’s most notorious despots, Jean-Claude Duvalier, returned to Haiti after 25 years in exile. Also known as “Baby Doc”, Duvalier terrorized Haiti from 1971 to 1986, picking up where his father François “Papa Doc” Duvalier had left off. Duvalier’s army and the dreaded Tonton Macoutes death squad systematically beat, imprisoned, tortured, and killed the regime’s political opponents. Nearly 50,000 Haitians were killed under the combined reign of father and son. Duvalier and his profligate wife, […]

Haitian Massacre Victims Win Historic Victories in U.S. Courts

Brian Concannon Americas Program, Center for International Policy (CIP) On May 16, a group of massacre survivors from one of Haiti’s poorest neighborhoods gave the world a lesson in persistence. After a 14-year fight for justice in Haitian and United States courts, they collected $400,000 in court-awarded compensation for the damages they suffered in the April 22, 1994 Raboteau Massacre. The victims’ courage and insistence on formal justice should also be a lesson to their own government, as Haiti continues to struggle with yet another democratic transition. The Raboteau victims’ money came from the Florida lottery winnings of Colonel Carl Dor�lien, a member of the military high command during Haiti’s 1991-1994 de facto dictatorship. Dor�lien fled the restoration of Haiti’s democracy in 1994, and then won over $3 million with a lucky ticket in 1997. The money will not […]

Haiti, MINUSTAH, and Latin America: Solidaridad?

Americas Program Special Report Haiti, MINUSTAH, and Latin America: Solidaridad? Mario Joseph and Brian Concannon, Jr. | April 9, 2007 Americas Program, Center for International Policy (CIP) �Venezuela’s President Hugo Ch�vez found a hero’s welcome when he visited Haiti on March 12. People from Port-au-Prince’s poor neighborhoods lined the streets of the capitol to cheer, chant, dance, and sing, with all the infectious enthusiasm of Haitian celebrations. President Ch�vez returned the affection. He jumped from his motorcade and joined the party, marching, even running with the crowd. At the National Palace, Ch�vez climbed up on the perimeter fence to slap hands like he had just scored a World Cup goal. He publicly thanked the Haitian people for their hospitality and enthusiasm, and for their historic support for liberty in the world. President Ch�vez and the Haitian people hit it […]

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