Haiti’s Aristide should be greeted with prosecution, not praise

Posted on Thursday 24 February 2011

By Michael Deibert *
Submitted to AlterPresse on February 23, 2011
The indictment late last year by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of six prominent Kenyans for their roles in violence following that country’s disputed 2007 elections was a welcome sign for those seeking to hold politicians accountable for their crimes. Though the ICC has badly bungled what should have been its showpiece case - against the ruthless Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga - the Kenya indictments nevertheless represented a welcome extension of its continuing mission.
To those of us who have (...)

Baby Doc’s Warm Welcome Turns Frigid

Posted on Tuesday 18 January 2011

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan 18, 2011 (IPS/AlterPresse) - Human rights groups are urging Haitian authorities to seize the opportunity of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier’s surprise return to the country Sunday to prosecute him for the atrocities committed during his 15-year reign.
Duvalier, who has been living in exile in France, was taken for questioning to the attorney-general’s office Tuesday to answer accusations of corruption, and later released.
"His fate is now in the hands of the investigating judge. We have brought charges against him," Port-au-Prince’s chief prosecutor, Aristidas (...)

Haiti-Elections : Analyzing the work of the Expert Mission

Posted on Sunday 16 January 2011

By James Morrell
Submitted to AlterPresse on January 14, 2010
Many have noticed that the finding of the experts’ mission in favor of Martelly rests on a razor-thin margin of 3,225 votes out of the 1.1 million received by all candidates, or 0.3 percent. Making the conclusion even more precarious, an analysis of the 17,220 votes for Célestin that the experts disallowed shows at most 12,316 to be related to the issue of excessive votes for one candidate, leaving the other 4,904 resting on various technical issues. If, by some vicissitude, these technical exclusions were overturned for (...)

Haiti : Reflections in a time of crisis

Posted on Sunday 16 January 2011

Par Jean-Claude Dutès *
Submitted to AlterPresse on January 11, 2011
“Celui qui oublie s’égare et se perd à jamais dans le labyrinthe de son propre passé, retraçant toujours les chemins déjà parcourus.”
We ignore the warning after the earthquake ravaged Cap Haïtien in 1842. We did not heed the message after floods nearly destroyed Gonaives in May 2005. And we misunderstood the urgency after Mapou was inundated by floods in October 1954 and buried in mud in June 2004.
Perhaps, now, more than ever is a time for self examination, a time to ask questions, as we seek to understand our (...)

Haiti : 12 January 2011 and Us

Posted on Thursday 6 January 2011

By Ericq Pierre *
Submitted to AlterPresse on 5 January 2011
The anniversary of the earthquake is in one week, on January 12. Never before had Haiti seen so many victims from a single catastrophe in so short a time. Never had Haitians experienced such solidarity, nor received so much attention from abroad and from the international community. So much attention that they never had time to mourn their dead as befitted, with a few rare exceptions. We did not fittingly mourn our dead, because they were too numerous. Because many were still buried in rubble. Because too many people were (...)

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