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18/01/2011 15:05:45

Haiti - Duvalier : Can we really arrest
The FIDH(1) and its member organizations in Haiti believe that the immediate detention of Jean Claude Duvalier is indispensable. The former dictator must indeed face justice for the numerous crimes that qualify as crimes against humanity that have characterized his regime (1971-1986). FIDH and its leagues in Haiti also ask the Haitian government and to the government commissioners of the country to the public action in movement against the Duvalier family, so that the money embezzled by the Duvalier could be returned.

The return of Jean Claude Duvalier (Baby Doc) did reappear "all matters concerning him as well that the impunity and the responsibility around him", explained Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Experts on Human Rights of the United Nations currently exploring the Haitian authorities to prosecute "It is not yet clear, if Haiti is in a position to arrest or prosecute Jean-Claude Duvalier for anything right now" he added, stressing that it was not yet determined if existed or not, warrants of arrest against him in Haiti.

"Everyone knows that very serious things have happened in Haiti, but we need evidence for prosecution," he insisted, adding that UN experts also leaned on the impunity that seems to have benefited JC Duvalier during his 25 years of exile in France "I imagine there were all kinds of complaints in France during these years but we will check what there was exactly and why it was not arrested in France "

The chances of getting the truth, fault to recover hundreds of millions dispossessed to the Haitians, are unfortunately slim. We do not see how the France will make the trial of Duvalier, trial in which it will have to answer for its actions and relationships sometimes questionable during the Duvalier dictatorship (like many other countries including the United States, that will be challenged, no doubt). It is obvious that the France does not wish to spread under the eye of international media "its dirty laundry". Baby Doc, out of his millions, knows many things, too and enough so that the French government allowed to live with impunity in its territory, even without paper... Justice and the reason of state do not mix...

(1) :FIDH is a non-governmental human rights organizations, which unites 164 organizations in over 100 countries. FIDH has consultative status with the United Nations, UNESCO and the Council of Europe and observer to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.

See also :
http://www.haitilibre.com/article-308-haiti-france-baby-doc-un-sans-papier-de-luxe-en-france.html (in french)

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