Impunity - Haiti

WHEREAS in the wake of the April 3, 2000 murder in Port-au-Prince of journalist Jean Léopold Dominique, who was the owner and director of Radio Haiti, and despite the issuance of arrest warrants, the four principal suspected perpetrators of the crime have yet to be taken into custody WHEREAS although those accused of murdering Jean Léopold Dominique are being tried in open court, it has been impossible to bring the trial to a conclusion owing to frequent incidents and judicial irregularities, and to intimidation and harassment of the judge directing the investigations, Claude Gasant WHEREAS Principle 4 of the Declaration of Chapultepec provides that “Freedom of expression and of the press are severely limited by murder, terrorism, kidnapping, pressure, intimidation, the unjust imprisonment of journalists, the destruction of facilities, violence of any kind and impunity for perpetrators. Such acts must be investigated promptly and punished harshly” THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE IAPA RESOLVES to urge the police authorities to execute the arrest warrant against the four suspects in the crime to call upon President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to allocate the necessary police and judicial resources, and the resources required to protect witnesses, family members and the judge investigating the case of Jean Léopold Dominique, so the perpetrators and masterminds of the murder can be brought to justice.