Haiti's new government accused of human rights violations

Speaking to the Organization of American States on Friday, human rights lawyer Renan Hedouville said that human rights violations are still common under the new US-backed regime of Prime Minister Gerard Latortue in Haiti. Illegal arrests without warrants and holding people without charge are events that occur regularly, according to Hedouville. Haitian Justice Minister Bernard Gousse denied the allegations, claiming that the police have only arrested people for crimes or terrorism and not for their political allegiances or any other invalid reason. He also said that the government is trying to improve the "deplorable" prison conditions and instability in the justice system since the ousting of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February. AP has more.

 

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