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Groups request probe of U.S. role

The human rights arm of the Organization of American States was asked Thursday to investigate whether the U.S. government helped orchestrate the ouster of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide by withholding vital aid and blocking a reinforcement of his bodyguard detail. The 47-page petition was filed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights by three groups that have supported Aristide — the TransAfrica Forum, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and the Haiti-based Bureau des Avocats Internationaux — and the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School. Full Story

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