January 23, 1992 |
More than 1,500 people have been killed in Haiti in a campaign of political repression since the military coup in September, Amnesty International has reported. The London-based human rights group issued a lengthy report that blames security forces for massacres in Haitian slums, political arrests, torture, disappearances and regular attacks on labor, community and church groups.
June 6, 1993 |
The country's military-backed government announced the appointment of four new ministers hours after President Clinton unveiled sweeping sanctions in hopes of hastening the restoration of democracy to the troubled Caribbean nation. The Cabinet shuffle, made public late Friday on government radio, was immediately denounced by political observers in Haiti as "cosmetic." Clinton's tough new economic sanctions will affect members of Haiti's Cabinet, army high command and dozens of lesser officials.
November 29, 1991 |
In a bold display of hostility to the Organization of American States, Haiti's army-installed leader Thursday announced presidential elections for Jan. 5 and the Senate demanded reparations for damage caused by an OAS economic embargo against the country. Part of the boldness seemed to arise from a feeling of elation over the arrival of a Liberian-flagged tanker carrying more than 110,000 barrels of oil.
June 3, 1992 |
The military-backed interim government designated a conservative politician Tuesday to become Haiti's new leader, state-run National Radio said. Marc Bazin, a former World Bank official and businessman, is to assume the post of prime minister and run a consensus government under a plan backed by the army and many politicians. Bazin's appointment has been opposed by the international community and supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
November 9, 1991 |
The provisional government issued an arrest order for ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, state radio reported Friday, ahead of talks with foreign governments that want him reinstated. It also ordered the arrest of four other men, including Aristide's prime minister. State television said the men are wanted in an investigation of the death of a prominent Aristide critic and the arrest and alleged torture of a navy officer's wife.
March 7, 1992 |
Joseph Nerette, the figurehead president of Haiti's military-run regime, on Friday defied an internationally arranged agreement to return ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power and end a choking economic embargo. Saying he would not resign his post, Nerette told the National Assembly that the agreement "violates" the Haitian constitution and is the result of unacceptable foreign interference in Haiti's internal affairs.