Haitian Activist, Scholar Jean-Claude Bajeuz Dies

Bajeux fought against the 29-year rule of the father-and-son Duvalier dynasty.

Posted: 08/08/2011 05:40 PM EDT
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A longtime Haitian human rights activist, scholar and former culture minister has died.


A relative says the 79-year-old Jean-Claude Bajeux died Friday of lung cancer at his home in the hills above Port-au-Prince.


Bajeux fought against the 29-year rule of the father-and-son Duvalier dynasty and went on to serve as culture minister during the first term of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

 

Bajeux later became a vocal critic of Aristide during the leader's second term.


Bajeux received a PhD from Princeton University in literature and taught Caribbean literature at the University of Puerto Rico. He also wrote a book of poetry and an anthology of literature in Haitian Creole.

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