February 27, 1989
Haiti's latest government, headed by Lt. Gen. Prosper Avril, has continued the human rights abuses of its predecessors, three human rights organizations charged. "The persistence of serious human rights violations suggests an ongoing refusal by the military to relinquish power to an elected civilian government," according to the groups' report, released in New York. The 159-page report was issued by Americas Watch, the National Coalition for Haitian Refugees and Caribbean Rights.
March 11, 1990 |
Police closed off several blocks in the Little Haiti section of Miami on Saturday as thousands of the city's 150,000 Haitian residents danced and sang in the streets to celebrate the resignation of Lt. Gen. Prosper Avril. Police described the crowd, estimated at 4,000, as peaceful. But some 100 Haitian exiles broke into their country's consulate and occupied it for about four hours before Miami police negotiators talked them into leaving by threatening them with arrest.
January 30, 1990 |
The military government of Haiti lifted a state of siege, as earlier promised, and restored parts of the constitution it suspended nine days ago before launching a major crackdown on political opponents. However, a communique made no mention of plans to end censorship, which Haiti's leader, Lt. Gen. Prosper Avril, imposed last week after deporting several opposition leaders. The crackdown, which followed the killing of an army colonel Jan.
November 9, 1995 |
Former dictator Prosper Avril sought asylum with Colombia after police searched his house for evidence in the killing of a member of the National Assembly, diplomatic officials said. Avril sought refuge at the Colombian ambassador's home. The search took place just hours after Jean-Hubert Feuille, a member of the Chamber of Deputies, was slain by gunmen outside a bank. It was unclear whether Avril, a retired army general, was considered a suspect in the slaying.