Crime/Justice

Divided Haiti bids farewell to Duvalier — Al Jazeera English


“It’s a small victory in many ways for the opponents of the Duvalier regime that he’s not being given the honour of a state funeral,” Alex Dupuy, a Haiti-born sociologist who teaches at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, said by telephone.”To have a state funeral for him would have signalled perhaps a sort of vindication of what that regime represented rather than a condemnation of it.”There were no protesters at Duvalier’s funeral, but victims of his regime organised a sit-in at his former party’s headquarters.Duvalier became president in 1971 at age 19 when his father, dictator Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier, died from a sudden illness.”Baby Doc” presided over a regime widely acknowledged as brutal and corrupt until he was ousted by a popular uprising in 1986. As many as 30,000 Haitians were killed, many by execution, under the regime of the two Duvaliers, according to the New York-based Human Rights Watch.Duvalier lived in exile in France until his surprise return to Haiti on January 16, 2011, prompting authorities to open a criminal inquiry into human rights abuses and allegations of corruption, but the case did not gain traction and Duvalier moved freely about Haiti before his death. via – Al Jazeera English

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