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Haiti – Opening of an investigation against Jean-Claude Duvalier for crimes against humanity (February 24, 2014)

France is closely monitoring the opening in Haiti of an investigation against former President Jean-Claude Duvalier for crimes against humanity. This decision, which marks the independence of the judiciary, is an important step toward fulfilling the rights of victims of the dictatorship to truth and justice.

The fight against impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes is a priority of our diplomatic action.

Serious human rights violations – including acts of torture, extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances – took place under Jean-Claude Duvalier’s regime. The perpetrators of these crimes must be held accountable and brought to justice.


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