Beatrice Lindstrom, a legal fellow at our Haitian affiliate the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) gives an installment of the IJDH audio series. While based in Haiti, Beatrice gives her update from New York City after meeting with a series of country ambassadors to the United Nations about Haiti’s upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva this October.
Universal Periodic Review assesses the compliance of chosen UN member states every 4 years with international human rights standards. IJDH and the BAI submitted 13 stakeholder reports in coalition with 57 grassroots groups, internally displaced persons camps, nongovernmental organizations and academic institutions summarizing human rights conditions in Haiti in March and are currently using recommendations from these reports as a framework for advocating for more accountability from the Haitian government.
In this recording, Beatrice discusses these human rights concerns, including the lack of accountability mechanisms in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), and the overall success of the last week’s meetings that will help our advocacy efforts going forward.
Thank you for listening! Stay tuned for more updates from our Haiti team.
Beatrice Lindstrom is a legal fellow for BAI. She recently graduated from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root Tilden Kern public interest scholar as well as a member of the International Human Rights Clinic and the Executive Editor of the Journal of International Law and Politics. She has experience litigating human rights in U.S. courts and working on access to justice issues for the U.N. Special Representative on Business and Human Rights. Beatrice speaks English, Swedish, Korean, French and Haitian Creole.