Veerle Opgenhaffen, CHRGJ
Groups Call for Respect for Human Rights, Accountability at Haiti Donors’ Conference
More than 300 NGOs Urge that Human Rights Drive Haiti Aid Efforts
(Boston, New York, Port-au-Prince, Washington DC, March 18, 2010)—The human rights and dignity of all Haitians should be the driving force behind international assistance in rebuilding Haiti, said more than 300 non-governmental organizations in a letter sent to donors today. A coalition working for human rights in Haiti—the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at NYU School of Law, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), Partners In Health (PIH)/Zanmi Lasante (ZL), and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center)—joined colleagues from every region of the world in calling for a rights-based approach to international assistance, in advance of the Haiti Donors’ Conference, to be held at UN headquarters in New York on March 31st.
The much-anticipated Conference will bring together an array of major donors to discuss the future of aid to Haiti. The six rights groups that spearheaded the letter drive also issued a list of concrete recommendations outlining a rights-based approach to aid delivery in advance of the conference, and have a long history of working on aid and human rights issues in Haiti. Both the letter and the recommendations highlight the need to empower the Haitian people; strengthen the Haitian government’s capacity to guarantee human rights; and make assistance transparent and accountable to the Haitian people.
Read letter in English, Kreyol, French and Spanish here.
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