Haiti courthouse Palais Justice
A view of the exterior of the Palais de Justice, a judicial courthouse complex, in Port-au-Prince in a photo dated January 17, 2022. Photo via Juno7 website.

PORT-AU-PRINCE — For more than two years, Harry Junior Michel has been locked up in an overcrowded city jail in Haiti, accused of sexually assaulting a woman, a crime his family and friends say Michel did not commit. Michel still has not been brought in front of a judge to formally proclaim his innocence. 

“In Haiti, injustice wins out more often than not,” says Presley André, a friend of Michel’s. “The [current] justice system should be reformed from top to bottom to form a more equitable version.”


Haiti’s disorganized judicial branch obstructs cases big and small, including the Moïse assassination, hampers livelihoods and stymies justice for all Haitians, observers and workers say.

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I am Juhakenson Blaise, a journalist based in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I cover the news that develops in this city and deals with other subjects related to the experience of Haitians for the Haitian Times newspaper. I am also a lover of poetry.