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Profile: Prosper Avril


Positions that Prosper Avril has held:

  • Ruler of Haiti (1988-1990)




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Prosper Avril actively participated in the following events:


September 1988-March 1990      Haiti Coup

       General Prosper Avril, a former leader of Duvaliers' Presidential Guard, seizes control of Haiti. During his rule, he suspends 27 articles of the constitution, declares a state of siege and is responsible for numerous human rights abuses. A US District Court will later award $41 million in compensation to six Haitians who were tortured under his regime including opposition politicians, union leaders, scholars and “even a doctor trying to practice community medicine.” The US will help Avril evade arrest in December 2003. [London Review of Books, 4/15/2004; Miami Herald, 5/31/2001]
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December 2003      Haiti Coup

       Former dictator Prosper Avril (see December 2001) evades arrest by Haitian police after US troops intervene. When the police enter his residence, they find military uniforms, illegal police radios and a cache of weapons. [London Review of Books, 4/15/2004]
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