Veronique Roy, madanm Jean Claude Duvalier akeyi ansyen manm pati politik Duvalier yo, Pati Inite Nasyonal, ak ansyen Tonton Makout yo ki te deyò lotèl kote Duvalier te desann nan.  Veronique te di “di tout moun mwen pa bliye pèsonn” (AlterPresse).

Veronique Roy, wife of Jean-Claude Duvalier,  welcomed old members of her husband’s political party, the National Union Party, and Duvalier military partisans, called the Tonton Macoutes, outside her hotel in Port-au-Prince (AlterPresse)

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Michel Martelly approuve le retour de Duvalier (Canoë)

“PORT-AU-PRINCE – Michel Martelly, l’un des favoris dans la course à la présidence haïtienne, approuve le retour de l’ancien dictateur Jean-Claude Duvalier après 25 années d’exil, se disant même prêt à le prendre comme conseiller s’il remporte le scrutin.

«Duvalier est Haïtien. Qu’il revienne, c’est la démocratie», a déclaré le chanteur Michel Martelly, mieux connu sous son nom d’artiste de «Sweet Micky».”

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Plizyè jounalis fè kòmantè sou rezon ki fè Ayiti pa bezwen Duvalier.

Journalists comment on why Haiti does not need Duvalier.

5 reasons why Haiti’s Jean-Claude Duvalier is infamous (CS Monitor)

1. Tonton Macoutes

2. Embezzlement

3.Luxury on the French Riviera

4.Violent Ouster

5. Legacy of Duvalierism

The Last Thing Haiti Needs (NYT)

“We don’t know where this is headed. A trial and prison? A swift escort onto the next plane? Whatever happens, we know that Mr. Duvalier has nothing to offer the country that he and his father, François Duvalier, who was known as Papa Doc, looted and brutalized for decades. Every moment that Jean-Claude Duvalier spends free in Haiti adds insult to catastrophic injury.”

The Root:  The Dangers of Nostalgia in Haiti (NPR)

“Haitians born after 1986, when Baby Doc and his mercenary wife, Michelle, hastily left the country, do not know what it was like. Haitian politics has become full-throated, heavily debated, with little or no restraint on what people think. Those old enough to remember the old days have a duty to dispel the nostalgia, to inform and remind the rest of their countrymen what it was really like in those days — to live in fear of arrest, reprisal, disappearance.

Haiti has its share of problems now. It doesn’t need to add a return to oppression to that list.”

Justice and Haiti:  Baby crawls back (The Economist)

“But the most plausible motive for Mr Duvalier’s visit is that he hopes to get embezzlement charges dismissed in Haiti before they are heard in Switzerland, where the authorities have frozen about $5m that he holds. A new law, which comes into force on February 1st, would allow Swiss prosecutors to bring a case against Mr Duvalier and return the money to Haiti if he loses. With nearly 1m earthquake victims still displaced, a cholera epidemic and a political vacuum, Haiti faces many pressing tasks. Judging Mr Duvalier has just joined the list.”

A nightmare returns to Haiti (CNN)

“Though Duvalier presided over his sputtering police state without the gleeful ruthlessness of his father, his tenure in Haiti’s presidential palace was nevertheless perhaps best summed up by a prison on the outskirts of the Haitian capital called Fort Dimanche, where enemies of the state were sent to die by execution, torture or to simply waste away amidst conditions that were an affront to humanity.”

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Kolera nan Ayiti te touye preske kat mil moun nan sèlman twa mwa (AlterPresse)

Cholera in Haiti has killed nearly four thousand people in three months (AlterPresse).

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Michele Montas, yonn nan viktim sou gouvènman Duvalier a, vle tout ayisyen ki te viktim tou vin temwaye kont Duvalier pou pèsonn pa bliye krim sa yo. (atik an Franse).

Michelle Montas, victim of the Duvalier regime, urges Haitians to bear witness against Duvalier in order to remember the crimes perpetrated by his regime (article in French).

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19 Janvye 2011: Lapolis te al pran Duvalier mennen li nan tribinal pou li vin reponn kesyon sou krim ki te fèt pandan li te sou pouvwa.

How strong are the charges against Haiti’s Jean-Claude Duvalier?  Very, experts say. (CS Monitor)

“A case against the former dictator might proceed slowly, but it’s an important one to try, says Reed Brody, counsel for Human Rights Watch and a former prosecutor in Haiti. “It is vital that the Haitian authorities pursue this kind of case because it could show Haitians that the state still functions,” Mr. Brody says.”

Jean-Claude Duvalier au Parquet (Le Nouveliste) (video)

Haitians file suit against Duvalier, who vows to stay (Wall Street Journal):  “On Tuesday, Haiti’s chief magistrate formally re-opened a 2008 case charging the former dictator, who was overthrown and went into exile in France in 1986, with crimes including embezzlement of funds, money laundering and murder.”

Haiti charges ex-leader Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier (BBC with video)

“Haiti’s former leader Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier has been charged with corruption and embezzlement during his 1971-1986 rule, prosecutors say.  Mr Duvalier was allowed to go free after questioning, but a judge will decide whether his case goes to trial.”

Foto/Photos (CS Monitor)

Réactions d’Amnesty Internationale aux accusations contre ‘Baby Doc’ (Haiti Libre)

“Amnesty International reconnaît que les accusations contre Jean-Claude Duvalier constitue une mesure positive, mais juge insuffisantes les accusations de corruption, vol et détournement de fonds portées contre l’ex-Président Duvalier.”

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Duvalier di li pa vle vin prezidan Ayiti.

Duvalier states he does not want to be Haitian president.

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Aristide te tante refè paspò li, men demann li te fè pou sa bò kote gouvènman ayisyen an pa mache.

Aristide has tried to renew his passport, but his application has been refused by the Haitian government.

Lòt Atik/ Other Articles:

Haïti: pas de passport pour Aristide (Le Figaro)

Le gouvernement haïtien refuse de renouveler le passeport d’Aristide (Haiti Libre)

Aristide aurait demandé un passeport haïtien (Metro Montréal)

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The New York Times fè konnen Jean-Bertrand Aristide di li vle retounen ann Ayiti.  Aristide te ekri yon ti mesaj ann angle sou yon blòg pou l di  li pare pou retounen nan Ayiti  jodi a menm, demen, oswa nenpòt lè.

The New York Times reports that Jean-Bertrand Aristide says he is ready to return to Haiti, too.  He wrote a brief statement on a blog yesterday, in English, stating that he was ready to leave “today, tomorrow, or at any time.”

Lòt Atik/ Other articles:

Former President Aristide:  I want to go back, too (Miami Herald)

Aristide wants to return home (IOL South Africa News)

Aristide asks to return to Haiti (Financial Times)

Haiti: Aristide se dit prêt à revenir (AlterPresse Haiti)

Aristide veut marcher sur les traces de Jean Claude Duvalier (Radio Metropole Haiti)

Haïti:  Jean-Bertrand Aristide prêt à revenir en Haïti (Radio Canada)


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17 Janvye 2011:  Jean-Claude Duvalier te retounen ann Ayiti apre preske venn senk lane li pase nan egzil.  Atik ann Angle ak Franse.

17 January 2011:  Jean-Claude Duvalier returns to Haiti after nearly twenty-five years in exile.  Articles in English and French.

Why ‘Baby Doc’ Jean-Claude Duvalier returned to Haiti:  5 theories (Christian Science Monitor)

Haiti, ‘Baby-Doc Duvalier returns to tense Haiti (LA Times)

What’s driving ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier’s return from exile? (The Globe and Mail)

‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier returns to Haiti from exile (with video) (BBC)

Baby Doc’s return haunts Haiti (The Guardian)

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