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Here is a picture of one of the greatest men we know Muhammad Ali with former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier. This picture was provided thanks to the son of Mr. Duvalier. Nicolas Duvalier.
Nicolas Duvalier, the son of Jean-Claude Duvalier (Baby Doc), has shared a rare, never before seen, photo of the late heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali, and his father Baby Doc. However, authenticity and context of the photo could not be verified. As per Nicolas Duvalier's twit, this photo was in his personal collection and the child with Ali is Ali's son. In a book of named "Paradise Lost: Haiti's Tumultuous Journey from Pearl of the Caribbean to Third World Hot Spot" by Philippe Girard, the writer had mentioned that, "By the late 1970's, seventy thousand U.S Tourists visited Haiti every year, including such African American celebrities as Cassius Clay (a.k.a. Muhammad Ali) and Arthur Ashe."... The photograph might have been taken during one of such visit.
Here is a picture of Jean Claude Duvalier and Michele Bennett as they are leaving Haiti to go into exile.
Although Jean-Claude Duvalier (Baby Doc), replaced a few older cabinet members with younger men, instituted budgetary and judicial reforms, released press censorship, released some political prisoners, he had ruled the country with a bloody brutality. He was a hedonist who always strives to maximize pleasure. When political repression and a worsening economy set off violent unrest and a series of riots broke out across Haiti, fearing for life, Duvalier fled to France on a temporary asylum on 7 February 1986 in a U.S cargo plane accompanying his family and 17 associates. When France rejected his appeal for political asylum and asked him to find another place of refuge, he found no other country to accept him. On 27 May 1980, Duvalier married Michèle Bennett Pasquet in a record extravagance manner. With his divorce from Michel in 1993, he lost most of his wealth and had to live a modest life in his remaining part of exile. However, he had supporters who founded the François Duvalier Foundation in 2006 and they used to promote the positive aspects of the Duvalier presidency while he was in exile. On 16 January 2011, during the presidential election campaign, Baby Doc came back to Haiti after 25 years of exile. He announced that, his return is not to join politics, but to help to reconstruct the country. He died in his home of a heart attack on October 4, 2014.
The Haitian Government has decided to dedicate a National Day of Remembrance for the victims of Fort Dimanche.
Fort Dimanche's Unsavory Past Remembered
The Ministry of Communication announced April 26th 2015 as a National Day of Remembrance for the victims incarcerated at Fort Dimanche.
Fort Dimanche, a brutal prison, where inmates were subject to claustrophobic conditions, tortured, sexually assaulted, and other wise dehumanized, was used during Francois Duvalier's regime for any Haitian, who dared to criticize his policies.
The prison served as a place for political dissenters for over 30 years. In 1987 it was turned into a memorial.
The former Haitian dictator Jean Claude Duvalier is dead. He passed away on October 3, 2014. He was 63 years old.
The Haitian President, Michel Martelly stated that he was "saddened" by the death of the former Haitian President Jean Claude Duvalier. He took the opportunity to send his condolences to the family, relatives, friends and supporters across the country
Was Jean-Claude Duvalier as Murderous as Francois?
Ex-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, who died of a heart attack, came to power after his father Francois' death. Jean-Claude was an oppressive ruler like Francois, which led to Jean-Claude's overthrow in 1986.
He lived in France for the next 25 years, wanting to return to Haiti. Finally President Preval gave his approval, but Jean-Claude would have to face justice for his crimes against humanity. He returned in 2011 and appeared in court, but there was not enough of a case against him.
Here it is. Fritzto Canton, the attorney for former Dictator Jean Claude Duvalier, has been named by President michel Martelly to head the CEP.
Since this nomination, there have been lot of comments made by various sectors of the population.
Some of the critics suggested that the change in the CEP confirms that the neo-Duvalier regime will do whatever is necessary to stay in power.
Do you think the appointment of Fritzto Canton to head the CEP will affect the result? Do you agree with President Michel Martelly who decided to move forward with the formation of a CEP to insure that election is finally taking place in Haiti this year?
The historic appearance in Court by Jean Claude Duvalier. This took place on February 28, 2013 in Port-au-Prince. Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier accused for corruption and human rights abuses came to court for the first time.
During the Court procedure, the 61-year-old Duvalier said when asked about his role as head of state from 1971 to 1986. He responded: "Under my authority, children could go to school, there was no insecurity."
Rumor has it that Francois Nicolas Duvalier, son of the former Haitian president, Jean Claude Duvalier is part of the government of Michel Martelly. According to Senator Moise Jean-Charles who announced on the popular radio show RAMASE. Many people are calling him Ti Nicolas Duvalier. The "Haitian Joudalist was unable to confirm the information, however, if it is true, it would represent a sign that all Haitians are now included in the future of Haiti. I personally think this would have been a great move for the Martelly government. It would be preferable for the martelly's government to go all the way by inviting some high level members of the Lavalas Party as well. More than anything, Haiti needs to reconcile with itself.