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8976: NCHR criticises Haitian justice system (fwd)
NCHR criticises the functioning of the Haitian justice system - Radio
Metropole, 28 August, 2001
(translated from French by Charles Arthur for the Haiti Support Group)
The National Coalition for Haitian Rights (NCHR) is very critical of the
justice system and on 28 August - the occasion of the seventh anniversary of
the assassination of Father Jean Marie Vincent - draws the attention of the
Haitian authorities to some important cases,
In a letter addressed to the Minister of Justice, NCHR deplores the fact that
actions against the authors of this crime have still not yet been set in
motion. Citing other assassinations that have taken place in Haiti, the
organisation denounces what it calls the "tendency to take crimes for
granted" regardless of human dignity, and the "systematisation of impunity."
In its correspondence, the NCHR calls on the Justice Minister, Gary Lissade,
to issue instructions so that the authorities will begin proceedings against
the authors of the assassination of Father Jean Marie Vincent. It also takes
the opportunity to ask the judicial authorities to inform the public on the
state of inquiries into the massacres at Jean Rabel, Piatre, Danty, Fort
Mercredi, and Cité Soleil.
NCHR calls on Justice Minister Lissade to form a special commission charged
with identifying, locating, and submitting to justice the authors of
notorious crimes such as the killings of Chenel Gracien, Yvon Toussaint, Amos
Jeannot and Jean Hubert Feuillé.
Father Jean Marie Vincent, a friend of Jean Bertrand Aristide and the
Struggling People's Organisation, was shot dead on 28 August 1994 in
Port-au-Prince at the door to the Montfortains' residence near the St Louis
Roi de France church in Turgeau.
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