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Haiti court allows trial of former dictator for crimes against humanity
February 21, 2014
A Haitian appellate court ruled on Thursday that former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier 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....... [more]

Rights groups condemn slow pace of case against former Haiti dictator
January 15, 2014
Two advocacy groups on Wednesday condemned the slow pace of the criminal case against former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier. "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 viola....... [more]

Human rights lawyers sue UN over Haiti cholera outbreak
October 9, 2013
The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) on Wednesday filed a complaint against the UN for compensation of Haiti's cholera victims and their families. The complaint was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York and comes amid the UN's refusal to compensate t....... [more]

President Lincoln abolished slavery in District of Columbia
April 16, 2013
On April 16, 1862, US President Abraham Lincoln signed "An Act for the Release of certain Persons held to Service or Labor in the District of Columbia" into law. The act abolished slavery in the District of Columbia and created a three-commissioner panel to review petitions for compensation from Uni....... [more]

Former Haiti dictator appears before court after fourth summons
March 1, 2013
Former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier 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 Duvalier. Duvalier had ignored three previous summonses befor....... [more]

Former Haiti dictator again summoned to court after failing to appear
February 22, 2013
A Haitian judge on Thursday ordered former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier to appear in court for a hearing on whether he should face charges for human rights abuses. The summons follows a previous order from nearly two weeks ago by a Haitian appeals court for Duvalier to appear for the hearings, a di....... [more]

Haiti court orders former president Duvalier to appear at human rights hearing
February 8, 2013
An appeals court judge in Haiti on Thursday ordered former president Jean-Claude Duvalier to face charges of abusing human rights. Duvalier returned to Haiti in 2011 after 25 years in exile, prompting an investigation for crimes he committed from 1971-1986. Last January a magistrate judge dismissed....... [more]

Rights groups urge Haiti to pursue case against Jean-Claude Duvalier
February 7, 2013
Amnesty International (AI) and the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) on Wednesday called upon Haiti to ensure that Jean-Claude Duvalier is brought to justice. Duvalier returned to Haiti in 2011 after 25 years in exile, prompting an investigation for crimes he committed from 1971-1986. Both grou....... [more]

Haiti housing crisis worsening after 2010 earthquake: AI
January 14, 2013
Amnesty International (AI) on Friday expressed serious concern regarding the inefficacy of the allocation of state and donor resources used for the reconstruction of Haiti after a massive January 2010 earthquake displaced more than 2.3 million people. AI estimates that approximately 350,000 Haitians....... [more]

Haiti urged to strengthen rule of law institutions
October 3, 2012
UN Special Representative for Haiti Mariano Fernandez Amunategui on Wednesday called on Haiti to strengthen its rule of law institutions such as police and electoral council. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted in the report that the country is still subject to "setbacks linked to political insta....... [more]

Haiti adopts constitutional amendments
June 20, 2012
The president of Haiti on Tuesday gave final approval for amendments to the Constitution of Haiti 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 of....... [more]


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