Saturday, September 22, 2007

June 2006 - June 2007 : A Shadow Over the Rule of Law?

A new report by the Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains (RNDDH), titled June 2006 - June 2007 : A Shadow Over the Rule of Law, has been published and can be read in its entirety here. Though the report commends the Préval/Alexis government for its "plan to reestablish security," particularly in formerly lawless zones of Port-au-Prince, it takes the administration to task for its timidity in reforming Haiti's justice system, its passivity in the face of the liberation of many individuals accused of crimes such as murder during the 2001-2004 tenure of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and its fight against corruption "only in a selective and confused manner."

Though I don't necessarily agree with the harshness of some of RNDDH's conclusions vis-a-vis the Préval government, the report nevertheless makes for some interesting reading, particularly for the light it sheds on recent tensions between Haiti's judiciary and police.

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