Open Letter for the Prosecution of Jean-Claude Duvalier

Before the end of the month, a Haitian judge will decide whether or not “Baby Doc” Jean-Claude Duvalier will face trial for the crimes against humanity committed during his 15-year dictatorship. Charges include corruption, embezzlement, murder, torture, exile, arbitrary detention and destruction of private property. Duvalier, who for 15 years succeeded his father “Papa Doc” Duvalier’s brutal regime, returned to Haiti in January 2011 and was charged three days later.

A coalition of Haitian human rights organizations and individuals have written an open letter urging President Martelly to take the Duvalier case seriously.

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Haiti’s New Industrial Park Hailed by Officials, Condemned by Local Activists

From NotiCen
January 20, 2012

As government officials, diplomats, and representatives of international finance institutions celebrated at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new industrial park in the north of the country, Haitian grassroots media organizations have published a report that casts serious doubt on the wisdom of the project.

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