Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Listen to IJDH Attorney, Nicole Phillips, Speak on MINUSTAH Abuse

In this latest podcast,IJDH Staff Attorney, Nicole Phillips, outlines the ongoing failings and abuses committed by the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). MINUSTAH has a long history of illegal and inappropriate actions in Haiti, including deadly indiscriminate gunfire in crowded neighborhoods, illegal arrests, negligent dumping of wastes that generated a cholera epidemic, and sexual abuse. These violations of human rights and international law are compounded by the fact that, “technically, the U.N. Security Council could keep troops in Haiti indefinitely, without the consent of the Haitian government,” explains Phillips. With the final withdrawal of MINUSTAH ultimately resting on the United States, Phillips proposes a simple question, “Fundamentally, how would you feel if foreign soldiers, who did not speak our language and who had several times the resources and outnumbered our law enforcement, were occupying our streets?”

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Nicole Phillips, Esq., IJDH Staff Attor­ney, has always been pas­sion­ate about inter­na­tional human rights and was so moved  by the earth­quake in Haiti that she left her career as a union labor lawyer to join IJDH in April 2010.  Her prac­tice included ten years with Wein­berg, Roger & Rosen­feld in the San Fran­cisco Bay Area, where she served as gen­eral coun­sel to unions and employee ben­e­fit trust funds across the coun­try, arbi­trated col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing dis­putes, and man­aged a case­load in fed­eral and state courts involv­ing labor, employ­ment, health insur­ance, and envi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions. She first worked with IJDH in 2006 while direct­ing the Uni­ver­sity of San Fran­cisco, School of Law, Cen­ter for Law and Global Jus­tice, Haiti and Domini­can Repub­lic human rights pro­grams, which she con­tin­ues to do. email:

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