Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Secret Haitian Army Makes Demands To Be Made Official

Published By The Scotsman In THE fishing village of Raboteau near the northern Haitian city of Gonaïves, 12 men gather around, mournful but eager to talk about what happened 18 years ago. They argue over the details; not all memories are the same. Some were beaten, others tortured, and some, who had hidden, watched in horror. All saw the brutality of the Haitian Armed Forces (FAd’H), which terrorised the nation during the regimes of Francois Duvalier and his son Jean-Claude, and later General Raoul Cédras in the 1990s. At around 4am on 22 April, 1994, FAd’H soldiers supported by members of the death squad known as FRAPH (Front for the Advancement and Progress of Haiti) went to the township. At the time, Raboteau was a hotbed of opposition to the junta of Cédras, whose regime had been responsible for upwards […]

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