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#2870: Reparations from France: Auguste replies to Barnes
Key words: Legal standing, standing, reparations, France.
Dear J. Barnes:
Prior to finding the specials lawyers or Human rights groups, one issue to be
resolved is the "legal standing" issue. Haitians cannot sue France just
because they are Haitians. The reparation money was paid to France by the
established Haitian government of Boyer and any related lawsuit for the
return of the funds would have to be started by the current Haitian
government on behalf of Haiti.
Considering that Haiti's current and past governments could not even pursue
to its end the dispute regarding La Navase, said dispute/dialogue having been
abandoned by Haiti in the late 1800, and , to my knowledge, Haiti having
never started a lawsuit at the World Court in Hague or any other court for
the return of La Navase; and having never started any suit regarding the
besmirchment by the CDC of all Haitians and of Haiti re: HIV/AIDS; and having
never requested special international status from the World Bank and IMF as
an extremely poor country for the forgiveness of Haiti's national
debt.......why would Haitians be confident now that any such government would
go after France for the return of the ransom paid by Boyer.
Haitians at large and Human rights groups could start making some noise on
the issue but the party with legal standing would have to have the necessary
backbone to initiate the legal proceedings and eventually bring the matter to
a conclusion in a court of law.
Having said all that I would be very happy to find out that I am wrong on
this issue of legal standing, but.........
Jean-Robert B. Auguste