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Human Rights in Haiti in the Manigat Era

Michael S. Hooper and Jocelyn McCalla   Leslie F. Manigat died on June 27, 2014 at  the age of 83. Elevated to the presidency of Haiti via army-backed sham elections in January 1988, Manigat was forcibly removed from office about four months later by the very  leaders who had put him there. Haitians generally considered… Read More ›

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Dealing With Statelessness in the Dominican Republic

In September 2013, the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic (DR) reaffirmed a long-standing policy of denying citizenship rights to Dominicans born primarily of Haitian immigrant parents. The ruling, the Court said, was not subject to appeals: it had the final say  in the matter. Furthermore it ordered the Dominican Government to go through citizenship… Read More ›

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The Duvalier Case: What Is at Stake at the Court of Appeals

The Collectif contre l’impunité, a coalition of several Haitian human rights groups and advocates,  released the following statement on the court proceedings to date regarding Jean-Claude Duvalier standing for trial in Haiti today.  Port-au-Prince, February 27, 2013 — On Thursday February 28 at 10 am, the Court of Appeal will hold its next hearing on… Read More ›

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Another day of reckoning for Jean Claude Duvalier?

In a crowded and chaotic courtroom in Port-au-Prince Haiti on January 31, the main character in the drama was nowhere to be found. Ex-President –for- Life Jean Claude Duvalier had failed to appear for a hearing to determine whether charges that he was responsible for crimes against humanity could proceed. The presiding judge postponed the… Read More ›

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Will Duvalier’s Victims Have Their Day in Court?

The Court of appeal will hear Jean-Claude Duvalier on 7 February 2013 The Collective against impunity wishes to inform Haitian civil society and the international community that a hearing will take place at 10:00 am, at the Court of appeal of Port-au-Prince on Thursday February 7, 2013, (commemorative date of the fall of Duvalier in… Read More ›

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Will Duvalier Regain Access to Illicit Funds Pilfered from the Haitian Treasury?

Jean-Claude Duvalier is scheduled to appear in court on February 7, 2013 which falls on the 25th anniversary of his forced ouster from power. At issue before the court is whether or  not he will be found guilty of pilfering State coffers when he ran Haiti as a 3rd world despot. Duvalier has been exonerated… Read More ›

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My Homeland Has Collapsed

Haiti one year later By the time the clock hit 10:00 am on November 28 [1987], everyone knew that the scheduled elections were in trouble. The ruling regime had used just about every tool in its arsenal to ensure it remained in firm control of the reins of power,  including voter intimidation, violent attacks against… Read More ›

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Psst… Want to Win an Internet Poll?

Polling done well and by credible organizations with high standards can provide  a good idea of the public stand at a point in time vis-a-vis an issue or support for a candidate. Not so with the internet polls that are being conducted to measure the popularity of the 19 candidates vying for the presidency of… Read More ›

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Looking Back at Haiti Elections 5 Years Ago

In November 2005, as Executive Director of the National Coalition for Haitian Rights, I released a report on Haiti entitled “Haiti: Lurching Towards 2006.” The report raised several questions, notably about the viability of elections and prospects of nation-building, all of which remain as relevant today as they were five years albeit in an even… Read More ›

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HAITI AT A CROSSROADS

Five months after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti on Jan­uary 12, 2010, leading to the deaths of approximately 230,000 peo­ple and the displacement of millions, there are worrisome signs that the rebuilding process in Haiti has stalled. Haiti is at a sig­nificant crossroads, with limited time to enact key policies and pro­grams that will allow the country to build a more sustainable and prosperous future.

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