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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
21 Feb 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A Haitian appellate court ruled on Thursday that former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier [CBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] can be charged under international law with crimes against humanity committed during his rule. Haitian authorities reopened a criminal case against Duvalier three years ago after he returned to the country … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Two advocacy groups on Wednesday condemned [press release] the slow pace of the criminal case against former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier [CBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. "A lack of political will and unacceptable court delays are allowing Haiti's former 'president-for-life," Jean-Claude Duvalier to escape justice for human rights violations," … [read more]


Legal News
1 Mar 2013
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier [CBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] appeared before a Haitian court on Thursday, after previously rebuffing summonses for alleged human rights abuses from 1971-1986. Thursday's hearing marked the first time that the plaintiffs confronted [AP report] Duvalier. Duvalier had ignored three previous summonses before his appearance … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] A Haitian judge on Thursday ordered former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier [CBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to appear in court for a hearing on whether he should face charges for human rights abuses. The summons follows a previous order [JURIST report] from nearly two weeks ago by a Haitian appeals … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] An appeals court judge in Haiti on Thursday ordered former president Jean-Claude Duvalier [CBC profile; JURIST news archive] to face charges of abusing human rights. Duvalier returned to Haiti in 2011 after 25 years in exile, prompting an investigation [BBC report] for crimes he committed from 1971-1986. Last January … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) and the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) on Wednesday called upon Haiti to ensure that Jean-Claude Duvalier [CBC profile; JURIST news archive] is brought to justice. Duvalier returned to Haiti in 2011 after 25 years in exile, prompting an investigation [BBC report] for crimes he committed … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN Special Representative for Haiti Mariano Fernandez Amunategui on Wednesday called on Haiti to strengthen its rule of law institutions [press release] such as police and electoral council. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] noted in the report [materials] that the country is still subject to "setbacks linked to … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The president of Haiti on Tuesday gave final approval [press release, in French] for amendments to the Constitution of Haiti [BBC backgrounder] that will allow dual-citizens to vote and be appointed to administrative positions. President Michel Joseph Martelly originally opposed the amendments but ultimately approved them. The changes became … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Michel Frost, the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti, renewed his call on Wednesday to UN member states to cease the deportation of Haitian citizens to Haiti [BBC backgrounder]. In his report [text, PDF] that was presented to the General Assembly of the UN … [read more]


Professional Commentary
10 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Reed Brody, Counsel and Spokesperson for Human Rights Watch, argues that to secure justice for Hissène Habré's victims, the International Court of Justice must force Senegal to adhere to its international obligations and extradite the former Chadian dictator...The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has set arguments to … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The US Department of State (DOS) [official website] on Monday dispatched a team of international law experts to Haiti to assess how to reinforce the Haitian judiciary's power and independence, according to Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille [official website, in French]. Conille said that one of the experts' goals … [read more]


Legal News
9 Feb 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The implementation of the rule of law in Haiti is making significant progress [press release], UN Independent Expert Michel Forst said Wednesday. Forst focused on improvements such as the establishment of judicial offices, the adoption of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights [text, PDF] and the … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Haiti's Investigative Magistrate Carves Jean ruled Monday that former president Jean-Claude Duvalier [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] will not stand trial for crimes against humanity, including torture, false imprisonment, rape and murder during his reign between 1971 and 1986. Jean dismissed the charges reasoning that there are not sufficient … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] released [press release] its annual World Report [materials] on Sunday, leading with a criticism of Western governments' support of Middle Eastern regimes that stifle and suppress protests. The comprehensive report catalogs all of the world's major human rights violations and gives HRW's outlook … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2011
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Human Rights Section of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) [official websites] issued two reports [text; press release] on Tuesday detailing activities such as torture and unlawful killings allegedly carried out by Haitian National Police … [read more]


Legal News
23 Sep 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called on Haitian authorities Thursday to prosecute [press release] former president Jean-Claude Duvalier [BBC backgrounder] for crimes against humanity that occurred under his leadership between 1971 and 1986. The pressure on Haiti comes after AI released a report [text, PDF] detailing human rights abuses … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] Kyung-wha Kang [official profile] spoke Tuesday on the importance of Haiti improving its human rights record [text], including trying ex-president Jean-Claude Duvalier [BBC backgrounder]. Stressing the importance of rebuilding after Haiti's recent earthquake, Kang said reform must create a … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay [official website], offered technical assistance [press release] on Tuesday to Haitian authorities in the prosecution of former Haitian president Jean-Claude Duvalier [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for serious human rights violations. Pillay urged prosecutors to move forward, indicating that violations … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] announced Friday that Haitian authorities will investigate crimes committed against humanity [press release] allegedly committed under the rule of Jean-Claude Duvalier [BBC backgrounder] during the 1970s and 80s. The announcement comes one day after an Amnesty International researcher met with Haitian prosecutor Harycidas Auguste, … [read more]

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