Pillay urges justice for past rights abuses in HaitiListen /
Haitian authorities have been reminded that the State has an obligation to ensure that there is no impunity for serious violations of human rights committed in the past.
The call comes from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, as the Court of Appeal of Port-au-Prince is due to resume hearings later this week on serious violations of human rights committed during the presidency of Mr. Jean-Claude Duvalier.
Pillay recalled that there is no statute of limitation under international law for serious violations of human rights amounting to international crimes, such as torture, extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances and rape.
She said “Such systematic violations of rights must not remain unaddressed", adding that “All those Haitians who suffered such abuses have a right to see justice is done. I encourage the judicial authorities to act on their responsibilities and ensure the victims are provided with the long overdue justice they deserve”.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.