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Decision to Drop Duvalier’s Charges of Crimes Against Humanity Provokes Clamors of Injustice

NEW YORK, Tuesday, January 31, 2012—A Haitian court’s decision to drop charges of crimes against humanity against former president Jean-Claude Duvalier is a blow to the victims of his brutal dictatorship and sends a disturbing signal that the country cannot fulfill its basic legal obligations, the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) said today.

“Haiti has a responsibility under both its own criminal code and international law to investigate all allegations of grave human rights abuses and bring their perpetrators to justice,” said Paul Seils, vice president of ICTJ.

The court confirmed Duvalier will face charges relating to corruption and embezzlement that took place during his 15 year presidency, but has thrown out allegations he is also guilty of crimes against humanity—including torture, disappearances, and extrajudicial killings.

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