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Political Apologies and Reparations Document List Details

Baby Doc offers regret, no apology, to Haitians

Author: Joseph Guyler Delva
Source: Reuters (Link)
Date: 21 January 2011
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Document Type: Press
Donor: Former Haitian dictator, Jean-Claude Duvalier Event Date: 21 January 2011
Recipient: Those who suffered under Jean-Claude Duvalier's rule Reparation Date: ca. 1971-1986

Jean-Claude Duvalier was the President of Haiti from 1971 until 1986.  He took over after his father, known as Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, died in 1971.  Jean-Claude, known as "Baby Doc," has been accused of embezzlement and continuing his father's reign of terror.  In a public statement, he said: "Thousands were assassinated cowardly, burned, grilled, burned with tires."  As of 2011, Jean-Claude is facing charges of corruption and crimes against humanity.


Expression of regret


Jean-Claude Duvalier returned to Haiti from exile on 21 January 2011.  Duvalier said, "I take this opportunity to express once again my profound sadness for those of my fellow citizens who genuinely see themselves as victims under my government."  Although Duvalier expressed regret, he did not offer an apology.



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