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.