Joint Release AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH, FIDH, LAWYERS WITHOUT BORDERS CANADA
AI Index: AMR 36/3478/2016
(Mexico City, Washington, DC, Quebec City, and Paris, February 20, 2016) – The current critical political situation in Haiti should not be used as an excuse to deny justice to the victims of human rights violations during the regime of Jean-Claude Duvalier, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, FIDH, and Lawyers Without Boarders Canada (LWBC) said today. February 20, 2016, is the second anniversary of a judicial decision that re-opened the investigation against Duvalier – who passed away in October 2014 – and his subordinates.
On February 20, 2014, the Port-au-Prince Court of Appeal re-established the accusations of crimes against humanity and crimes related to serious human rights abuses against Duvalier and others by appointing one of its sitting judges to investigate the allegations further. However, no results have been made public so far.