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Academic Commentary
31 Aug 2014
by Lauren Carasik of Western New England University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Carasik of Western New England University School of Law discusses what appears to be the politically motivated charges against former president Jean Bertrand Aristide of Haiti ... The latest chapter in a long series of preliminary legal actions against Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has generated a … [read more]


Legal News
1 Aug 2006
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] urged Haiti's government Tuesday to release political prisoners being held indefinitely pending trial. According to the human rights group, about 2,000 people are under "prolonged detention," and close to 100 of them could be political prisoners. Amnesty called on Haiti to initiate trial proceedings under … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jul 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Haitian authorities freed former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune from prison Thursday on a provisional release, though Neptune still faces charges that he calls "imaginary." Neptune has been detained for two years [JURIST report] since former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide [BBC profile] was ousted in 2004 [JURIST report] on accusations that … [read more]


Academic Commentary
26 Jun 2006

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Brian Concannon Jr., Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, says that although the return to Haiti of ousted former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide is legally and constitutionally permissible, a double standard in the international community still blocks his way home... Say "the return" … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Haiti's interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue [Wikipedia profile] has asked the country's High Court of Accounts and Administrative Disputes to conduct an investigation into the finances of all government officials and aides to address allegations of corruption and mismanagement. The audit will cover the two-year interim administration that was … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2006
by Lisl Brunner

[JURIST] The UN human rights chief in Haiti [JURIST news archive] has accused the interim government of imprisoning 4,000 people "preventively" for months or years without facing charges or trials. According to Thierry Fagart, the human rights field officer in Haiti, many of the prisoners were arrested for political reasons … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] New Haitian president Rene Preval [Wikipedia profile] said Wednesday that ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has a legal right to re-enter the country. In his first news conference since his victory in the February 2 election, President Preval invoked Article 41 of the Haitian Constitution: … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Feb 2006

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Brian Concannon Jr., Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, says that the negotiated deal over the counting of disputed ballots which has made Rene Preval the president-elect of Haiti has correctly put the most popular candidate in office but has done so … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Haitian presidential candidate Rene Preval [Wikipedia profile], currently leading [JURIST report] in the official count from the February 7 election [JURIST report; BBC backgrounder] with 48.76 percent of the votes [CEP PDF], said Tuesday that the poll was plagued by "gross errors and probably gigantic fraud." Preval, a former … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Members of the UN Stabilization Force in Haiti [official website] have fired on Haitians protesting election results [AP report], killing at least one protester and injuring four. Demonstrators supporting presidential candidate Rene Preval [Wikipedia profile] erected flaming roadblocks on Monday, demanding that the candidate be declared the winner in … [read more]


Legal News
12 Feb 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Two members of Haiti's nine-member Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) [official website] supervising the country's presidential election claimed late Sunday that the vote was being manipulated after discrepancies appeared on the election website. Figures reported on the site showed leading candidate [JURIST report] and former president Rene Preval [Wikipedia profile] … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] Initial results from the February 7 presidential election [JURIST report; BBC backgrounder] in Haiti indicate that Rene Preval [BBC profile; Wikipedia profile], a former president and ally of ousted leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has won with over 60 percent of the vote. If the current … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Three people were killed Tuesday in election-related violence in Haiti [JURIST news archive] as citizens waited for hours at voting stations to participate in the first national poll since former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was forced from office in 2004 and involuntarily taken out of … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Four advocacy groups on Thursday filed a petition [PDF text] with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) [official website] on behalf of Haitian citizens, alleging that the US violated Haitian sovereignty by illegally preventing the flow of financial assistance and military supplies into Haiti in an attempt to … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] Lawyers across the country filed motions Thursday asking immigration judges to reconsider sending illegal immigrants back to Haiti. The motions are in response to the decision of the Department of Homeland Security [official website] to continue deporting Haitian immigrants, despite the presence of widespread violence and human rights violations … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2005
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The interim government of Haiti [JURIST news archive] has removed five of its ten Supreme Court judges in what it called an “administrative measure, to improve the efficiency of the court.” Many speculate that the forced retirement of the five is a political response to the presidential candidacy of … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2005
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] Louis Joinet, a UN official assigned to oversee the human rights conditions in Haiti [JURIST news archive], on Tuesday sharply criticized the Haitian justice system for detaining hundreds of people without charge, including Reverend Gerard Jean-Juste [BBC report], a political leader and member of the political party of ousted … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2005
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] The Haitian Electoral Council ordered Friday that the names of two Haitian-born US citizens, Dumarsais Simeus [official website] and Samir Mourra, be taken off the ballot of authorized candidates for the country's upcoming presidential election [website]. The decision is in direct violation of a Haitian Supreme Court ruling [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2005
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] The interim government in Haiti [JURIST news archive] has sued former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide [BBC profile] in US federal court for his alleged embezzlement of millions of dollars from the country's treasury and a state-owned telephone company. The suit, filed by several US law firms on behalf of Haiti's … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] The UN human rights chief in Haiti [JURIST news archive] said Friday that the human rights situation in the Caribbean nation had become "catastrophic". Thierry Fagart, who heads a team of some 30 UN observers, cited numerous violations of basic human rights, such as arbitrary arrests, torture and summary … [read more]

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