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Haiti - Justice : The «Concertation pour Haiti» asks a trial against Duvalier
27/11/2011 09:58:51

Haiti - Justice : The «Concertation pour Haiti» asks a trial against Duvalier
The "Concertation pour Haiti" has imperatively asked to the Haitian government to bring the former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier before the justice. In a letter to the President of the Republic Michel Martelly, Michel Frenette, representative of Amnesty International Canada within the Concertation pour Haiti (CPH) argues on behalf of the Concertation, that the holding of a just and fair trial would allow do justice to the thousands of victims of Duvalierism. This would allow thus to restore the confidence of the Haitian people in an effective justice system.

According to the CPH "It is now imperative that the Haitian government publicly confirms its willingness of non-interference in the work of the judiciary so that they lead to the end of thorough and impartial investigations on the serious violations committed under the Duvalier regime. This is a unique opportunity in Haiti's history to finally put an end top the endless cycle of impunity that has always prevailed and thus enable the reconstruction of the collective memory by preserving the dignity of the Haitian people. History has shown that for a genuine reconciliation and national agreement worthy of the name, it is necessary to go through the path of truth, justice and reparation".

"Letter to President Michel Martelly :

Montreal, November 24, 2011

Mr. President of the Republic,

Founded in 1994, the Concertation pour Haïti is a group of Canadian organizations involved in the movement of solidarity with the Haitian people on the way to a society non-violent, more just and democratic.

The Concertation pour Haiti enters in contact with you today to ensure that the executive guarantees to the judicial authorities the independence, material and financial resources and the indispensable security to be brought to justice former President Jean-Claude Duvalier, so that the latter is the subject of a just and fair trial.

Already, the complaints were deemed admissible and the judge referred the case to the Commissioner of the Government. It is now imperative that the Haitian government publicly confirms its willingness of non-interference in the work of judicial authorities so that they lead to the end of thorough and impartial investigations into the serious violations committed under the regime of Jean-Claude Duvalier. Not only because it's its "duty", as recalled the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Declaration of May 17, 2011). But also because it is a unique opportunity in the history of Haiti to finally end the endless cycle of impunity that has always prevailed. For you, Mr. President, who had made ​​the restoration of the rule of law a major focus of your campaign, this is a historic opportunity not to be missed.

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

Hold a just and fair trial, would be also work to the "econstruction of the collective memory and the dignity of the Haitian people" as tried to recall Amnesty International during the presentation of his report "We can not kill the truth", suspended by supporters of Jean-Claude Duvalier, on September 22.

We recognize that moving forward is a difficult decision and that many reasons, sometimes of noble appearance, may be invoked to avoid it. But there is no possible escape, because the history has shown that for a genuine reconciliation and national agreement worthy of the name, it is necessary to go through the path of truth, justice and reparation.

We are also 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. But we are convinced that can be met with technical support from the international community. If the Haitian authorities send a request to this effect to the government and civil society of Canada, the Concertation pour Haiti will make pressure so that an adequate response be given.

In Haiti, the collective against impunity argued that "impunity can not be the fate of Haiti." Give them reason Mr. President, while taking advantage of this exceptional rendezvous of your country with history.

Be assured of the full consideration of the signatory organizations,

Michel Frenette For the Concertation pour Haïti

Signatory organizations :

  • Alternatives
  • Amnesty International Canada (french section)
  • Quebec Association of International Cooperation Organizations (AQOCI)
  • Faith and Justice Centre
  • International Agency for workers' solidarity
  • Coalition for the Protection of the environment and sustainable development in Haiti (COPEDH)
  • Solidarity Committee / Trois-Rivières
  • Development and Peace
  • Rights & Democracy
  • United Church of Canada
  • Equitas
  • Handicap International
  • L’Entraide missionnaire
  • Coalition of Canadian-Haitian for the development (ROCAHD)
  • Solidarity Union, Cooperation (SUCO)
  • YMCA of Quebec


CC. His Excellency Mr. Garry Conille Prime Minister"


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