Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Half Hour For Haiti: Read the Haiti Human Rights Report

By William Quigley,
June 14, 2005

Last week Professor William Quigley of Loyola University New Orleans Law School presented a report on the human rights situation in Haiti to the Annual Convention of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers in Paris, France. The report provides a concise overview, citing both mainstream and progressive sources. It is organized into sections (see below), and is a good reference for advocacy, so print it out and keep it handy. Thirty minutes� reading will permit a general overview, as well as deeper study of several sections.

Click HERE to see the English version

Click HERE to see the French version

Click HERE to see the Spanish Version

International Association of Democratic Lawyers in Paris, France resolution on Haiti, June 10, 2005 (French):�Fill IN


Summary and Overview

Background on Haiti

Severe Lack of Basic Physical Security

Human Rights Violations by Haitian National Police (Police Nationale d�Haiti)

Dysfunctional Judiciary

Inhumane Jails and Prisons

Absence of Due Process of Law

Violence Against Children

Violence Against Women and Rape

Violence and Harassment Against Union Workers

Violence and Harassment Against Journalists

Violence and Harassment Against Lavalas

Violence Causes Humanitarian Crisis for People in Poorest Neighborhoods

Punishment of Dissent and Assembly

Disarmament and US Shipment of Arms to Haiti

Outlook for Elections

Addressing Poverty

Questions for the United Nations

Questions for the International Community


List of Human Rights Reports on Haiti

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