Today, January 16, 2011, former dictator “for life” Jean-Claude Duvalier returned to Haiti aboard a plane from Haiti.
During his regime, between 1971 and 1986 thousands of people were disappeared, tortured, raped, and murdered in a systemic state-backed campaign of repression. According to one source that wishes to remain anonymous former-military henchmen of the Duvalierist regime have recently cut deals with the DEA and other U.S. agencies to work against any possible uprisings or protests by Haiti’s poor majority.
With the Preval administration’s CEP banning of Haiti’s most popular political party, Fanmi Lavalas, and over 70% of the voting-age population not taking part in the recent “election”, any new Haitian government will be significantly weak and unpopular.
Duvalier saw his chance to return, as now both the lead candidates in the U.S./U.N./O.A.S. backed elections are on friendly terms with him. HaitiAnalysis will soon be providing a chronology of human rights abuses, massacres, and killings that took place under the regime of Jean-Claude Duvalier.
And we will also be working with others in putting together a petition calling for the arrest and trial of Jean-Claude Duvalier. Stay tuned.