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By creating a society in which all people, of all colors, were granted freedom and citizenship, the Haitian Revolution forever transformed the world. It was a central part of the destruction of slavery in the Americas, and therefore a crucial moment in the history of democracy, one that laid the foundation for the continuing struggles for human rights everywhere. In this sense we are all descendents of the Haitian Revolution, and responsible to these ancestors.

Laurent Dubois, 'Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution'


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Perhaps scenting opportunity, Haiti’s former dictator Jean Claude Duvalier had returned to Port au Prince in 2011. Instead, he found himself on the sharp end of indictments for financial and human rights crimes dating back to his years in power from 1971 to 1986. In 2012 the verdict was overturned on the grounds that if crimes had been committed, too much time had passed; this was bad news for the victims of his crimes which included torture, disappearances and murder. If Mr Duvalier thought he was in the clear, he hadn’t counted on the perseverance of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. Ms Pillay criticised the Haitian government’s decision and insisted that Haiti’s authorities reconsider their decision. She also suggested that  Haiti’s statute of limitations did not cover human rights crimes committed on the scale seen in Haiti. Judicial rebukes of this sort from the United Nations (UN), are unusual. Sadly, in the case of Haiti the UN’s authority was diluted by the view, - internationally accepted - that it was UN peacekeepers who unintentionally introduced cholera into a defenceless Haiti in 2010. 

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Key Facts

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Key Facts
Official name: République d'Haiti (Republic of Haiti)
Head of State: President Michel Martelly (from 14 May 2011)
Head of government: Prime Minister Evans Paul, nominated by President Martelly (since 16 January 2015)
Ruling party: Acting coalition led by Fwon Lespwa (Front for Hope) (formed 7 June 2006)
Area: 27,750 square km
Population: 10.32 million (2014)*
Capital: Port-au-Prince
Official language: French and Creole
Currency: Gourde (G) = 100 centimes
Exchange rate: G51.68 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$833 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 2.75% (2014)*
GDP: US$8.71 billion (2014)*
Inflation: 3.94% (2014)*
Balance of trade: -US$2.30 billion (2013)*
* estimated figure


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