Defiant Wyclef refers Haiti poll ruling to human rights body

Thursday August 26, 2010

Wyclef Jean pledged to fight on in his bid to enter Haiti's presidential race - in spite of the death threats he has received.

His defiant stance came as lawyers for the country's electoral council said he cannot appeal a ruling disqualifying him from the November polls.

The pop star's next move is to argue to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that his rights have been violated.

"Wyclef does not intend to stop here," explained Jean Renel Senatus, a member of his legal team.

"We will exhaust all options, we will go all the way to fight this unacceptable decision."

Under the constitution candidates are required have lived in the country for five years prior to an election.

But the singer, a Haitian passport-holder, argues that his position as a roving ambassador for the Caribbean nation has forced him to spend large amounts of time overseas.

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