Face à l’Opinion: Gilles Danroc on Justice, Peace, and Everyday Repression Under the Military Regime, 1991-1994, 10 July 1995

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Face à l’Opinion: Gilles Danroc sou Jistis, Lape, ak Represyon Kotidyèn anba Rejim Militè, 1991-1994, 10/8/1995 (1)

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Belgian priest, writer, and human rights activist Gilles Danroc headed the “Commission Justice et Paix” the human rights arm of the Catholic Church in Haiti, in 1995. In the Dossier répression au quotidien en Haiti, written with Daniel Roussière, he assesses the situation of everyday repression of civilians under the Cédras military regime of 1991-1994, with particular attention to the repression of peasants in the Artibonite/Gonaïves region, the state of rule of law and addresses issues of freedom, justice, reconciliation and poverty. Danroc argues that Haitian society is structured on repression and terror, and the subsequent voluntary silencing and forgetting of that repression, and that reconciliation will only be possible if there is an active search for truth and justice. Interview Jean Dominique.

“Reconciliation, in my opinion, is when a society has accepted the truth and desires justice. A people without memory, they are not a people at all. So if Haiti wants to have a future, it must have a memory that is structured, solid, clear, and luminous.” – Gilles Danroc

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“Reconciliation cannot happen without rule of law. Law — the constitution — is higher than mere power. It’s not power that makes the law, it’s the law that makes power.” – Gilles Danroc

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