Michèle Montas/CPJ Guest Blogger

Michèle Montas is a Haitian journalist, former Director of Radio Haiti, and the widow of journalist Jean Dominique. She is also a plaintiff in two judicial cases presently before the Appellate Court in Port au Prince, that against Jean-Claude Duvalier and his collaborators and the case against her husband’s assassins.

Activists demonstrate against human rights abuses committed by Haiti's former dictator Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier outside the St. Louis de Gonzague school chapel, where his funeral is held, in Port-au-Prince on October 11. (Reuters/Marc Lee Steed)

Duvalier’s death must not mean end of proceedings against dictatorship

The sudden death on October 4 of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier and the initial information that he would be honored with a state funeral stunned the victims who had filed suit against Duvalier for massive violations of human rights during his regime. It also created an unexpected ripple effect in the press and the social…

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