ANNUAL REPORT 1970

Part III
Haiti

The situation regarding human rights in Haiti has been the object of thorough consideration and intense concern on the part of the Commission, as indicated in three reports published in 1963, 1967, and 1969; the last of these was issued during the period covered by the present report[1].

Since that time, the Commission has received new communications regarding alleged violations of human rights in that country.

Despite the serious nature of the observations contained in the reports mentioned above, there has been no change in the attitude of the Government of Haiti toward human rights and the protection it is duty-bound to extend to them.

Furthermore, taking a position that is out of accord with the standards governing the functioning of this regional organization and this Commission, the Government of Haiti insists on categorizing as cases of intervention in its internal affairs the requests for information addressed to it in accordance with the Statute and Regulations of this body.

Consequently, the Commission, at its Twenty-Fifth Session, deemed it necessary to request:

  1. That a recommendation be made to the Government of Haiti that it respond to the Observations contained in the reports of this Commission cited above by preventing new violations, adequately compensating victims for the injuries they have suffered to their fundamental rights, and punishing the officials responsible for such excesses.
  2. That an observation be made to that government with respect to its classification as acts of intervention in its internal affairs of the request for information addressed to it by this Commission in accordance with its Statute and Regulations.