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Victims Fear Duvalier’s Crimes Being Forgotten

Victims of the Duvalier regimes fear that the memory of the terror the two dictators inflicted is being lost. More than half the Haitian population wasn’t born when Jean Claude-Duvalier’s dictatorship ended in 1986 and it isn’t taught in schools, leaving the youth to learn about the Duvalier regimes through rumors. As the current administration is also Duvalier-friendly, victims fear that things in Haiti won’t change if the truth is forgotten. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Can Haiti keep alive memories of ‘Baby Doc’s’ brutal dictatorship? Victims and survivors of dictator Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier say they fear the truth behind his violent reign are being forgotten in Haiti, where half the population wasn’t even born by the time he was forced into exile. Amy Bracken, Yahoo News October 9, 2014 Bobby Duval is […]

How Duvalierism Persists Despite the Dictator’s Death

This article connects Duvalierism with many issues that are ongoing in Haiti, such as the lack of democratic elections and constant interference by foreign powers. It cites our work on prosecuting Duvalier, Fran Quigley’s book How Human Rights Can Build Haiti, and Haiti’s need for sovereignty. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The Tyrant Jean-Claude Duvalier Is Dead, but His Legacy Still Lives in UN-Occupied Haiti Roger Annis, Truthout October 8, 2014 Jean-Claude Duvalier, the tyrant who ruled Haiti from 1971 to 1986, has died in Haiti at the age of 63. His death provides a moment for political reflection by the Haitian people, especially in view of the reality that so much of Duvalier’s harsh political legacy remains alive and well in the island country. A UN Security Council foreign military occupation has entered its 11th year. It […]

Can Duvalier’s Victims Get Justice Despite His Death?

While some, like Duvalier’s victims and BAI, are working on prosecuting Duvalier’s accomplices, some believe that even if Duvalier hadn’t died, the prosecution wouldn’t have succeeded. This segment features Brian Concannon, of the former camp, and former Haitian police director Pierre Denize, of the latter. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text and audio. Haiti’s Crucial Question: Would Baby Doc Have Gone To Jail If He’d Lived Longer? Tim Padgett, WLRN October 8, 2014 As Haiti’s national police director from 1996 to 2002, Pierre Denize had a mission: to help the country’s fledgling democracy build a more professional and humane justice system. Denize had seen too much of the polar opposite in his youth – especially when his parents were jailed, brutalized and exiled during the three-decade-long reign of cruelty and corruption known as the Duvalier dynasty. “What [the […]

Duvalier Regime Investigations Must Continue Despite His Death

Amnesty International insists that Duvalier’s death must not result in impunity for the crimes committed by his brutal regime. His collaborators must be prosecuted so that the victims can have justice. Amnesty also notes the disrespect for the victims evident in President Martelly’s statements about Duvalier and lack of will to prosecute him. Part of the press release is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti: The truth must not die with Jean-Claude Duvalier Amnesty International October 7, 2014 The death of former Haitian ruler Jean-Claude Duvalier must not halt the investigations and prosecutions owed to thousands of people killed, tortured, arbitrarily arrested and disappeared under his regime, said Amnesty International today. “The death of Jean-Claude Duvalier must not be used to brush away the crimes committed under his regime. An entire network of volunteer militia and state authorities are also suspected […]

Ex-Dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier Dead

Jean-Claude Duvalier, notorious for the corruption and human rights abuses that reigned during his presidency, died of a heart attack this weekend. Some fear that justice for Duvalier’s victims can’t be served now that he’s died but many hope that the prosecution will continue with others who were involved in Duvalier’s human rights abuses. Click HERE for the original article. Ousted Haitian Dictator ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier Dies Evens Sanon & Trenton Daniels, ABC News October 4, 2014 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Jean-Claude Duvalier, who presided over what was widely acknowledged as a corrupt and brutal regime as the self-proclaimed “president for life” of Haiti until a popular uprising sent him into a 25-year exile, has died. He was 63. Duvalier died Saturday from a heart attack at the home of a friend in Port-au-Prince where he had been staying, said his lawyer, Reynold […]

Former Dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier Dead

This article describes former dictator Duvalier’s rise to power, presidency, and exile from Haiti. The Duvalier regime was marked by embezzlement, violence, murders, and forced disappearances. Originally supported by the US, Duvalier’s gross human rights violations and corruption lost him US support and played a large role in his exile. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Jean-Claude Duvalier, ex-Haitian leader known as Baby Doc, dies at 63 Stephanie Hanes, The Washington Post October 4, 2014 Jean-Claude Duvalier, the second-generation “president for life” who plunged one of the world’s poorest countries into further despair by presiding over widespread killing, torture and plunder, died Oct. 4 at his home in Port-au-Prince. He was 63. He had a heart attack, his lawyer, Reynold George, told the Associated Press. Despite a brief, hopeful window when it appeared that the overweight, overwhelmed […]

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