Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us

Countries/Territories

Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.

Contribute

Submit news and opinion for publication

Subscribe

Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.

Archives

Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Travel


Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin



News from the Caribbean:


Back To Today's News

Killing of human rights activist and his wife in Haiti must be thoroughly investigated, says Amnesty Intl
Published on February 14, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

LONDON, England -- Amnesty International said it is dismayed by the news of the killing last Saturday of Daniel Dorsinvil, general coordinator of the Platform of Haitian Human Rights Organisations (Plate-forme des Organisations Haitiennes de Droits Humains – POHDH) and his wife, Girldy Lareche.

The couple was killed by a gunman in the residential neighbourhood of Canapé Vert of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. According to Haitian human rights organisations, Daniel Dorsinvil was shot in the heart, while his wife was shot five times.

The circumstances and the motives of the killings are unclear. The secretary of state for public security has stated that it could be the result of an armed robbery, which occurred after the couple had left a bank. However, a police spokesman, interviewed by a Haitian radio station, did not indicate a motive for the killings.

Haitian human rights organisations fear that it could be an assassination, especially considering the manner in which the couple was killed and the senior position of the human rights activist within the organisation.

The president of Haiti and the minister for human rights and the fight against extreme poverty promptly condemned the killings. In particular, the minister for human rights announced that formal instructions had been passed to the authorities concerned to find the culprits and bring them to justice and promised that “this crime will not remain unpunished”.

“These statements are welcome. It is now crucial that they translate into thorough, effective, impartial and independent investigations without delays. The ‘human rights defender angle’ should be fully taken into account; that is the possibility that the killings are a reprisal for the defender’s human rights work.” said Chiara Liguori, researcher on Haiti for Amnesty International.

“Too many crimes and human rights violations in Haiti go unpunished. This should not be yet another case. It is the safety and the work of human rights defenders in the whole country which is at stake.”

Amnesty International is concerned about the degraded environment in which human rights defenders are operating in Haiti.

Several human rights defenders have reported to be victims of threats and attacks in recent times. The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights issued precautionary measures in favour of human rights lawyers Mario Joseph and Patrick Florvilus respectively in October 2012 and November 2013 requesting the Haitian state to adopt any necessary measures to guarantee the life and personal integrity of the lawyers.

In accordance with the 1998 UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, authorities in Haiti must fulfil their obligation to protect human rights defenders and to fully investigate attacks against them and bring those responsible to justice. They also have the duty to guarantee that human rights defenders can carry out their work without fear of reprisals.
 
Reads: 4426





Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



Back...

Comments:

No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.

Back...

Send us your comments!  

Send us your comments on this article. All fields are required.

For your contribution to reach us, you must (a) provide a valid e-mail address and (b) click on the validation link that will be sent to the e-mail address you provide.  If the address is not valid or you don't click on the validation link, we will never see it!

Your Name:

Your Email:

(Validation required)

Comments:
Enter Code





Disclaimer
User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.



Other Headlines:



Regional Sports: