Jean-Claude Duvalier was one of the last century’s most notorious despots. For fifteen years, from 1971–1986, he terrorized Haiti. His army and the dreaded Tonton Macoutes death squad systematically beat, imprisoned, tortured and killed Duvalier’s political opponents and anyone who challenged his thugs’ authority. He looted hundreds of millions of dollars while the Haitian people starved.
The return of Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier to Haiti provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for justice. The Haitian justice system is trying hard to prosecute Duvalier, but it needs help. The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and our Haitian partner, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) will provide the help needed to make sure Duvalier’s victims obtain the legal proceedings they deserve.
Here you will find videos of these legal efforts and more.