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Chased by Border Agents on Horseback; Returned to Danger in Haiti

(Washington, DC) – The US deployment of border agents on horseback against Haitian migrants on September 19, 2021, stems from abusive and racially discriminatory immigration policies by the administration of President Joe Biden, Human Rights Watch…
Two Customs and Border Protection agents on horseback approach three Haitian migrants standing in the river. The migrants are holding bags and shoes.
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Just as largely unprecedented mass street protests erupted on the streets in Cuba [“In the streets, Cubans ‘have lost their fear’, ” front page, July 13], the Coast Guard’s interdiction of a boat off the coast of Key West and summary return of Cubans…
A Coast Guard Station Marathon boat crew and 15 migrants aboard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium near Big Pine Key, Florida on July 3, 2021. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Estrada. Source: United States Coast Guard
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End Sweeping Border Expulsions, Re-designate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status

In 1993, when I was a junior staff member at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, I saw first-hand the tragic repercussions of US President Bill Clinton’s failure to follow through on the promise he made as a candidate to…
A migrant from Haiti wearing a mask in the colors of the Mexican and US flags stands at a border crossing with others, waiting to asylum in the US, February 19, 2021. 
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Seeking justice for the ongoing grave human rights abuses in Syria has proven largely elusive. Now the shield of impunity is beginning to crack. Several countries, including Sweden, Germany, and France are in the process of investigating some…
Syrian Man Carries Children After Barrel Bomb Attack
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Refugee Crisis and Universal Jurisdiction Cases in Europe

What’s the basis for European courts to try atrocities committed in Syria and Iraq? What is universal jurisdiction? Does universal jurisdiction mean that every country can investigate any grave international crime committed in Syria and Iraq? What…
Syrian Man Carries Children After Barrel Bomb Attack
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Summary “We are Dominican” —Adaptation of a popular slogan used in rallies by Dominicans of Haitian descent, “I am Dominican and I have rights” Rosanna is a bright 17-year-old who was born in the Dominican Republic. She was raised by parents…
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Restore Citizenship Immediately

(Santo Domingo) – Tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent remain in legal limbo, unable to exercise their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The situation remains unresolved despite government efforts to remedy it…
Elena Lorac, a spokesperson from the Reconoci.do movement, shows a birth certificate issued by the Central Electoral Board, during a rally in front of the Presidential Palace in Santo Domingo, July 12, 2013.
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In 2013, the Dominican Constitutional Tribunal retroactively removed citizenship from tens of thousands of Dominicans. Most of them are of Haitian descent – a historically marginalized community. This has left them unable to carry out basic civil tasks…
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The death last weekend of former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier cut short a historic court case that could have brought him to justice for human rights crimes. But Duvalier was not the only defendant charged with human rights crimes that include…
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Ex-Dictator Under Investigation for Crimes Against Humanity

(New York) – The inability of Haiti’s courts to bring to trial former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier deprived his countless Haitian victims of the justice they sought, Human Rights Watch said today. Duvalier’s death was reported on October 4,…
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Lack of Political Will Allows Ex-Dictator to Escape Justice

(London) – A lack of political will and unacceptable court delays are allowing Haiti’s former “president-for-life,” Jean-Claude Duvalier, to escape justice for human rights violations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. The…
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Former Guatemalan strongman Efraín Ríos Montt went on trial in Guatemala City late last month on charges of genocide relating to the massacres of indigenous Mayan people during his rule. The trial of a former dictator is a remarkable…
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Haiti’s Rendezvous with History The Case of Jean-Claude Duvalier I. Summary and Recommendations Human Rights Abuses under Jean-Claude Duvalier The Proceedings against Duvalier Theories of …
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The prosecution of the former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier represents a landmark opportunity for the Haitian justice system to address some of the worst crimes in Haiti’s past. Duvalier returned to Haiti on January 16, 2011, after nearly 25…
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Comments on the Draft Policy regarding resumed removals to Haiti

John Morton Director Immigration and Customs Enforcement 500 12th Street SW Washington, DC 20536 Dear Director Morton: Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to submit comments on the draft policy regarding resumed removals to Haiti. Human…
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It's about a lot more than just clean water

Amartya Sen famously said that famines do not occur in well-run, democratic countries. The same is almost always true for cholera epidemics. Not long after Haiti's earthquake in January, public health officials warned that poor sanitation and lack of…
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Bringing their tormentors to book is an important way for victims to recover their dignity

John Laughland suggests that human rights organisations, including Human Rights Watch, are more concerned about the conviction of former heads of state than about them getting fair trials. Nothing could be further from the truth. (Fujimori's trial could…
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The Honorable Colin Powell   Secretary of State   Department of State   2201 C Street, NW   Washington, D.C. 20520     The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld   Secretary of Defense   Department of Defense   Washington, D.C. 20301   Dear Secretary Powell and…