High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says that the human rights violations
Duvalier allegedly committed have no statute of limitations and Haiti is obligated to prosecute. Duvalier stunned observers by returning to Haiti in January after 25 years in exile.
Lawsuits were filed after his arrival. A Haitian judge has until April to investigate the allegations and decide on proceeding to trial.
Pillay announced his position in a written statement Tuesday, the same day a law went into effect in Switzerland allowing the government to claim dictators' funds deposited in their banks and believed to be of criminal origin.
Duvalier allegedly has up to $7.3 million deposited in Switzerland. The statute is dubbed the "Duvalier law."