Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Our Legacy of Shame in Haiti

Island is worse off without Aristide, and Canada shares blame. By�Claude Adams, 26 Feb 2008, Aristide supporters in final days. Four years ago this month, Canada supported a discreditable act of regime-change in Haiti — a chain of events that ended with the removal of a legitimate head of state. It’s a useful incident to remember as politicians and military men put on their most earnest faces to justify Canadians dying for freedom and democracy in Afghanistan. Here is what’s happening in that re-configured Haiti today: According to the United Nations, half of all the young women in the country’s shantytowns have been raped or sexually assaulted. At least a third of them are under 13. Haiti’s National Penitentiary has 3,200 inmates. It was built to hold 1,200. Many prisoners are held for months, even years, and only a […]

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