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L’affaire contre le régime Duvalier devrait continuer

Des organisations des droits humains demandent que la poursuite du régime de Duvalier doit continuer. Bien qu’il soit mort, les autres responsables des crimes perpétrés sous son régime peuvent être poursuivis en justice. Part of the article is below. Cliquez ICI pour l’original. Haïti – Duvalier : La justice haïtienne doit poursuivre son enquête HaitiLibre 1 novembre 2014  Près d’un mois après le décès de l’ancien Président Jean Claude Duvalier (4 octobre 2014), la Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l’Homme (FIDH) a organisé, en partenariat avec ses organisations membres en Haïti, le Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains (RNDDH) et le Centre Œcuménique des Droits Humains (CEDH), une mission destinée à évaluer l’état de la procédure judiciaire menée par la Cour d’appel de Port au Prince sur les crimes contre l’humanité perpétrés sous le régime de Jean Claude Duvalier. « […]

Update on Duvalier Prosecution

Now that Duvalier has died, what will happen to the case against him? How will victims of his regime find justice? It is important to remember that Duvalier did not carry out his crimes alone. His regime’s victims are insisting that the case continue against those who torturted, imprisoned, killed and stole, and we will be there to support their fight and prosecute Duvalier’s co-defendants. Now more than ever, we need to show current and future leaders that Haiti will not stand for impunity. Find recent articles about Duvalier here. Learn more about our work on the Duvalier prosecution here.

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 […]

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 […]

UN Urges Continued Investigation of Duvalier Crimes

Many feared that with former dictator Duvalier’s death, victims of his regime would never find justice and closure. The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reminds us that Duvalier didn’t commit crimes alone. His accomplices can and should still be prosecuted and held accountable for their actions. Haiti: despite death of former President, UN urges continued probes into alleged abuses UN News Centre October 7, 2014 It is “essential” that legal proceedings and investigations against individuals associated with former Haitian President Jean-Claude Duvalier continue despite the former leader’s recent passing, the United Nations human rights office urged today. Serious human rights violations, including torture, rape, and extrajudicial killings, dating to the period spanning 1971 to 1986 – the years when Mr. Duvalier, also known as “Baby Doc,” was in power – have been extensively documented by […]

Duvalier Death Denies His Victims Justice

Notorious former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier died of a heart attack over the weekend. He was under investigation for corruption and crimes against humanity. but now that he’s dead, his victims fear that justice may never be served. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti: Justice Denied by Duvalier’s Death Ex-Dictator Under Investigation for Crimes Against Humanity Human Rights Watch October 4, 2014 (New York) – The inability of Haiti’s courts to bring to trial former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier deprived his countless Haitian victims of the justice they sought, Human Rights Watch said today. Duvalier’s death was reported on October 4, 2014. “It’s a shame that the Haitian justice system could not bring Baby Doc Duvalier to trial before he died,” said Reed Brody, special counsel at Human Rights Watch, who worked with Duvalier’s victims. “Duvalier’s […]

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