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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 (see 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 September 1988-March 1990) 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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