Haiti: Fleury v. Haiti

Lysias Fleury, a former Haitian human rights defender, was illegally and arbitrarily arrested and detained, tortured, and forced into hiding for almost five years, and he is now an asylee in the United States. His case has been sent to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and will be only the second case where Haiti has been brought before this court. The International Human Rights Clinic at American University’s Washington College of Law is representing Mr. Fleury and requested the submission of an amicus brief. The brief, which was written in English and translated into French, concerns the collective duty of States members of the Organization of American States (OAS) to support Haiti in fulfilling its international human rights obligations. The brief was submitted at the conclusion of the Spring 2011 term.