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Evans Paul Activists Awarded $41 Million in Punitive Damages

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Evans Paul Activists Awarded $41 Million in Punitive Damages

In 1989, former Haitian President, Proper Avril, authorized the torture and arrest of six political activists, including Evans Paul, then-Port-au-Prince Mayor.

By 1991, Avril faced a lawsuit brought by CCR, who sued under the Alien Tort Statue. Lawyers used Filartiga v. Pena-Irala case to mount their defense.

In 1994, Evans et al received $41 million in punitive damages. This marked the first time a Haitian dictator had been convicted of human rights abuses ever.

Tags: michel martelly, prosper avril, evans paul, jean claude duvalier

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