Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

No Reconciliation Without Justice: Significant Developments in Haiti’s Criminal Justice System

No Reconciliation Without Justice: Significant Developments in Haiti’s Criminal Justice System Criminal Justice Matters, No. 44, July 2001, p. 22 By Brian Concannon Jr. www.cjm.org In the year 2000, the Haitian judiciary conducted two major human rights trials that showed both how far the justice system had come since Haiti’s transition to democracy began in 1994, and how far it still needs to go. The trials also provide an example to the rest of the world that justice for human rights victims need not be sacrificed in a democratic transition, that tenacity by a government and by civil society can surmount often-substantial obstacles. The constitutional authorities restored to power in October 1994 inherited a justice system in disarray, in one of the world’s poorest countries. Never a model of fairness, the system had been ravaged by the thirty-year dictatorship of […]

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