Haiti: Perpetrators of past abuses threaten human rights and the reestablishment of the rule of law

Index Number: AMR 36/013/2004

Following Haiti’s return to democratic order in 1994 the country held several high-profile trials of human rights violations. With the lawlessness that followed the departure of President Jean Bertrand Aristide from Haiti in February 2003, a number of those convicted of human rights crimes are once again free in Haiti, and some have re-emerged as commanders of rebel groups. This report gives detailed information about six of them, including their involvement in judicial proceedings regarding past human rights violations. It also urges the international community to ensure that under no circumstances are those convicted of human rights abuses given any position of authority, whether in a transitional government or among the security forces.

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