Black People Politics : Death of U.S.-Backed Ex-Dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier Won’t End Haitian Victims' Quest for Justice

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    Democracy Now - "The former U.S.-backed dictator of Haiti, Jean-Claude Duvalier,
    known as "Baby Doc," has died at 63. Duvalier ruled Haiti from 1971 to 1986, taking
    power after the death of his father who had ruled since 1957. Baby Doc’s death came just
    months after a Haitian court ruled that he could be charged with crimes against
    humanity under international law, and that he could also be held responsible for abuses
    by the army and paramilitary forces under his rule. Under his regime, hundreds of
    political prisoners held in a network of prisons died from their extraordinarily cruel
    treatment. Baby Doc’s government repeatedly closed independent newspapers and radio
    stations. Journalists were beaten, in some cases tortured, jailed and forced to leave the
    country. Despite his human rights record, Baby Doc was a close ally of the United States.
    After years of exile in France, he returned to Haiti in 2011 and became an ally of Haiti’s
    current president Michel Martelly. We are joined by Haitian activist and writer Jean
    Saint-Vil and journalist Amy Wilentz, author of "The Rainy Season: Haiti Since