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Profile: Joanne Mariner

 
  

Positions that Joanne Mariner has held:

  • Deputy director of Americas Division for Human Rights Watch


 

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April 1, 2004      Haiti Coup

       Haiti's new justice minister, Bernard Gousse, announces that Haiti will seek the extradition of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide for alleged corruption and human rights abuses. Gousse also suggests that convicted murderer and known human rights violator, Louis-Jodel Chamblain, could be pardoned. Chamblain was convicted in 2000 in absentia and sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in the Raboteau Massacre (see April 18-22, 1994). “We have to take into consideration that [Chamblain] helped get rid of two dictators in Haiti—[Jean-Claude] Duvalier and Aristide,” Gousse claims. [Miami Herald, 4/2/2004; CNN, 4/8/2004; Human Rights Watch, 4/5/2004] Human Rights Watch quickly condemns the suggestion. “The contrast between the Haitian government's eagerness to prosecute former Aristide officials and its indifference to the abusive record of certain rebel leaders could not be more stark,” says Joanne Mariner, deputy director of Americas Division for Human Rights Watch. [CNN, 4/8/2004; Human Rights Watch, 4/5/2004]
People and organizations involved: Bernard Gousse, Joanne Mariner, Louis-Jodel Chamblain
          


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