Haitian President Faces Pressure for Duvalier Trial

Caribbean 360 reports that the administration is facing renewed pressure to bring former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier to justice for human rights abuses committed under his regime in Haiti. Some 16 Canadian organizations under the grouping Concertation pour Haiti (CPH) have written to President Michel Martelly demanding a “just and fair” trial for the former dictator. Other groups, including Amnesty International, have criticized the pace of investigations following Duvalier’s return to Haiti in January this year after 25 years in exile.

CPH wrote that they are aware that “to complete a just and fair trial against Jean-Claude Duvalier and other officials under his command is a huge challenge for the Haitian judicial system,” and they offered to put pressure on the international community to ensure technical support.

CPH also said that “to hold a just and fair trial would be to bring justice to the thousands of victims of Duvalierism and restore confidence in a strengthened Haitian justice system. On the contrary, putting an end to the process would confirm the idea that there is no justice in Haiti, even for the worst crimes.”

For original article, see http://www.caribbean360.com/index.php/news/haiti_news/519814.html?utm_source=Caribbean360+Newsletters&utm_campaign=707d7fe5b5-11_28_2011&utm_medium=email#axzz1f9D0RdQJ

See photo (and a 1998 article on bringing Jean-Claude Duvalier to justice) at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/231156.stm

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