Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Troubling decision by a Haitian judge for CARICOM

By Rickey Singh, Guyana Chronicle Online February 12, 2012 Case of excluding Duvalier from trial for gross human rights abuses If the governments of our Caribbean Community  (CARICOM) do not agree that the statute of limitations should be used to exclude ANY political leader from facing justice for crimes against humanity while controlling state power, then they should let the region’s public know where they stand on the implications of last week’s controversial ruling by a judge in Haiti. The judge’s decision, which is being linked by international human rights organizations and media to an earlier statement by President Michel Martelly, involves ex-Haitian dictator, Jean-Claude Duvalier (popularly referred to as ‘Baby Doc’) who held power for 15 years in that Caribbean nation, an extension of the tyrannical rule of his father, the late Dr Francois Duvalier. The judge’s ruling that […]

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