Amnesty International Press Statement
For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
JEAN-CLAUDE DUVALIER RIGHTS VIOLATIONS MUST BE INVESTIGATED, ASSERTS AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Amnesty International has urged the Haitian authorities to investigate alleged human rights violations committed by former president Jean-Claude Duvalier, also known as ‘Baby Doc,’ following his detention today in
Jean-Claude Duvalier, who has been accused of presiding over numerous human rights violations during his rule from 1971 to 1986, was detained after being questioned by police. It is not yet clear which charges he will face.
“This landmark arrest is a welcome first step toward bringing to justice a leader whose security apparatus carried out widespread and systematic human rights violations including torture, arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances," said Javier Zuñiga, Special Advisor at Amnesty International. "
Jean-Claude Duvalier returned to
"A cycle of impunity has prevailed for decades in
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Javier Zuñiga, Special Advisor at Amnesty International, currently in
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