Saturday, August 19, 2006

A good man back on the job?

Good news from Haiti today, as it appears that none other than Claudy Gassant is back, and was greeted at the airport by Police nationale d’Haïti (PNH) Directeur Général Mario Andrésol . Haiti-watchers will recall the heroic way in which Gassant persevered in his investigation of the murder of Haiti's best-known journalist, Radio Haiti-Inter director Jean-Léopold Dominique, and that station's caretaker Jean-Claude Louissaint, gunned down on the morning of April 3, 2000, despite great risk to his own life. With the return of Gassant, driven into exile in early 2002, the presence of Andrésol (jailed without trial and also driven into exile under the government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide) and the selection of Luc-Eucher Joseph, Secretary of State for Public, the tide may finally begin to turn against the impunity that has for so long helped to strangle this Caribbean nation no matter who was in power. Let's wish them the best of luck as they will need it.


Anonymous said...

This is definitely a strong signal to fight impunity. The challenge now is to see that the political will is there to accomplish this overwhelming task: making Haiti's Justice system functional!!!

Respect said...

Haiti needs to bring back capable officials from any past administration as long as they have a clean record. People of Haitian Origin have a stake in seeing the country pull out of its quagmire and should be recruited actively and encouraged to come rebuild the country.