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Duvalier Case Will Continue Despite His Death

  The investigating judge assigned to prosecute Jean-Claude Duvalier and his associates is continuing the process, despite the former dictator’s death. Since complaints were not aimed solely at Duvalier, his victims still have a chance at justice. The UN Human Rights Committee has also stressed the importance of continuing the case, to combat impunity and promote the rule of law in Haiti. Click HERE for the original article. Case against Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier continues even after death Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald October 30, 2014 A Haiti investigative judge assigned to look into allegations of corruption and crimes against humanity by former President-for-Life Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier is continuing to pursue the case despite Duvalier’s death, a human-rights lawyer said Thursday. Clémence Bectarte, coordinator of the International Federation for Human Rights’ Litigation Action Group, told the Miami Herald that Judge Durin […]

Haiti Appeals Court Reinstates Crimes Against Humanity Charges Against Baby Doc Duvalier

The Center for Justice & Accountability sent a celebratory letter to their supporters about the Appeals Court reinstatement of human rights charges against Duvalier. Center for Justice & Accountability February 21, 2014 Dear Friends, Yesterday brought historic news!  After nearly a year of deliberation, the Court of Appeals of Port-au-Prince reinstated crimes against humanity charges in the prosecution of former Haitian dictatorJean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier. One of the most notorious dictators of the 20th Century, Duvalier ruled Haiti as “President for Life” from 1971-1986. During his reign he oversaw torture, extrajudicial killings, and forced disappearances on a massive scale. As a result of yesterday’s ruling, the victims and survivors of this brutal regime can hope – finally – to see Baby Doc held accountable for his crimes in a court of law. The appeals court applied international law, ruling that […]

Haiti Appeals Court Reinstates Political Violence Charges Against Duvalier

The political violence charges against Duvalier were reinstated in a Port-au-Prince Appeals Court the afternoon of February 20, 2014.  The judges applied international law to rule that there is no statute of limitations on crimes against humanity and emphasized Duvalier’s responsibility for the actions of the Tonton Macoutes, the paramilitary force that ran rampant during the Duvalier regime. This decision marks a huge historical moment in Haitian history and we are proud of the judges, victims, and lawyers who made it possible. The French decision document is on the Nouvelliste site, HERE. Click HERE for the English version, translated by Center for Justice & Accountability.   For more on our work on the Duvalier case, see:

Half-Hour for Haiti: Watch A Matt Damon Video

January 25, 2009 Thank you everyone who signed the Petition to Free Ronald Dauphin. The petition has over 400 signatures, double what it had when we posted the alert. But that is not enough to pry open his prison bars. So please sign the petition if you have not done so, let�s show that the Half Hour for Haiti community can get us up to 1000 signatures. The Center for Justice and Accountability has announced that it is awarding our affiliate in Haiti, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, its 2009 Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights Award. The award will be presented at CJA�s 10th Anniversary Event on March 17, in San Francisco. IJDH co-founder and board member Dr. Paul Farmer of Partners in Health will be the featured speaker. Paul Farmer and Brian Concannon have an Op-Ed in today�s Boston […]

Rally for Human Rights in Haiti- New York, NY

oin us from 8:30am � 9:00am outside the courthouse on the first day of Toto Constant�s trial for grand larceny and mortgage fraud to bear witness as Constant faces justice in the U.S. and to stand in solidarity with the Haitian people who anxiously await a fair trial for Constant�s human rights abuses in Haiti. Toto Constant has spent the past 14 years � in Haiti and in the U.S. � trying to evade justice, whether it be for rape and other torture of the Haitian people or swindling money out of people and banks in New York. He was a leader of FRAPH (Revolutionary Front for the Advancement and Progress of Haiti) during Haiti�s 1991�1994 military rule, which claimed the lives of thousands of Haitians and included a systematic campaign of rape and other torture, arson and executions against […]


DECISION TO TOSS PLEA MADE AFTER CJA SUBMITTED EVIDENCE DETAILING EMMANUEL CONSTANT’S RECORD OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES For Immediate Release May 22, 2007 Contacts: The Center for Justice & Accountability Moira Feeney, Staff Attorney,, (415) 544-0444 x302 (Brooklyn, NY: May 22, 2007): Today, the judge in the mortgage fraud case of former Haitian death-squad leader Emmanuel “Toto” Constant dropped Constant’s plea bargain and ordered him to stand trial. If convicted, Constant could now face five to fifteen years in New York state prison. The judge had been urged by attorneys from the Department of Homeland Security and the New York Attorney General’s office to give Constant credit for time served, 10 months of the previous plea agreement of one to three years, in order to expedite his deportation to Haiti. However, after taking into consideration evidence submitted by the […]

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