For Immediate Release
Amnesty International On Jean-Claude Duvalier’s Arrest in Haiti
LONDON - In response to the arrest of
Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier in Haiti, Amnesty International’s
Senior Advisor and Haiti expert, Javier Zuñiga, said:
“The arrest of Jean-Claude Duvalier is a positive step but it is not enough
to charge him only with corruption.”
“If true justice is to be done in Haiti, the Haitian authorities need
to open a criminal investigation into Duvalier’s responsibility for the
multitude of human rights abuses that were committed under his rule including
torture, arbitrary detentions, rape, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial
Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning
grassroots activist organization with more than 2.8 million supporters,
activists and volunteers who campaign for universal human rights from more
than 150 countries. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates
and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice,
freedom, truth and dignity are denied.
Javier Zuñiga, Special Advisor at Amnesty International, currently in London,
and Gerardo Ducos, Haiti researcher at Amnesty International, currently
in Port-au-Prince, are available for comment.
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