Atrocities included a brutal incident in which two police officers were shot to death and beheaded. Urge government and international community to disarm illegally armed groups. Also concerned about reports of arbitrary arrests.
The commission is hopeful that the present government will use this opportunity, in cooperation with the international community, to break away from the difficulties of the past and move Haiti toward a future in which democracy is fully realized.
The delegation, headed by Commissioner Clare Roberts, plans to meet with top government officials, members of civil society including nongovernmental organizations, associations of lawyers and judges, members of MINUSTAH and the U.N./H.C.H.R.
Project founding board member Amb. Orlando Marville: “The OAS has dithered back and forth on this one” while U.S. has a definite position. “The OAS position is not going to make one bit of difference.”
The OAS is in special session to investigate whether Aristide was kidnapped as he claimed.
The special session was requested by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which is seeking an independent probe into the circumstances surrounding the sudden departure from office of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on February 29.