Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

No Human Rights Charges for Former Haitian Dictator ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier

By Mackenzie Issler, Uptown Radio Former Haitian President Jean Claude Duvalier, known as Baby Doc, gained a reputation of one of the most notorious dictators in the Americas. Duvalier fell from power in 1986 and went into exile. It’s estimated Duvalier and his father, Francois “Papa Doc,” ordered the deaths of some 20,000 to 30,000 citizens during their 29-year rule, according to Human Rights Watch. Michele Montas is a prominent former radio journalist, who lived under the regimes of both Duvaliers. She recalled what happened to her cousin, a priest, who was working with refugees in the Dominican Republic. The government suspected he was conspiring against Duvalier. “Without checking you know, they arrested my aunt, they arrested my four cousins, and we didn’t hear from them at all. One of them died of tuberculous but the others were executed,” Montas […]

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