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Haiti - Duvalier : 3 years after, the silence of justice...
06/05/2017 10:59:23

Haiti - Duvalier : 3 years after, the silence of justice...
More than three years after the decision of the Port-au-Prince Court of Appeal to order further investigations into the crimes against humanity committed under Jean-Claude Duvalier's regime from 1971 to 1986, the victims are still waiting for the result of the investigation and the questioning of the "consorts": the other members of the Duvalier regime.

Let's recall that on 20 February 2014, the Port au Prince Court of Appeal issued a judgment restoring the charges of crimes against humanity against Jean-Claude Duvalier and "consorts" https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-10576-haiti-justice-bouncing-in-the-case-jean-claude-duvalier.html and appointed a judge rapporteur to conduct a supplement of judicial information and made responsible to hear all the complainants and witnesses mentioned; Summon and audition and all persons named in the indictment of the Public Prosecutor; And identify persons who may be included in the "consorts" heading.

Should be noted that the death of Jean Claude Duvalier did not extinguish the prosecution of persons designated by the Public prosecutor or who could be included under the heading "consorts".

The International Federation of Human Rights Leagues, the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH) and the Ecumenical Center for Human Rights (ECHR) recognize that "The death of Jean-Claude Duvalier led to a certain demobilization. But thirty years after the facts, the victims call for the truth to be established and for justice to be done," deploring that "no specific measures have been taken to provide the judge with the necessary means to conduct this complex investigation."

These human rights organizations estimate that "The new authorities must allocate all the necessary means to an independent and impartial justice, especially in this emblematic file that is the crimes committed under the regime of Jean Claude Duvalier. The saying "'In Haiti we are continuing the investigation, but never the criminals' should no longer reflect the reality," and calling the authorities to effectively engage in a work around the duty of remembrance, allowing the members of Jean-Claude Duvalier's regime to be finally tried for the crimes committed.

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