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Request With the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights For An Investigation Of Violations Of Human Rights In Haiti

The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) is concerned about the deterioration and contempt for human rights in Haiti and asks the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to undertake an investigation in Haiti on the human rights situation.


BUREAU DES AVOCATS INTERNATIONAUX

3, 2ème rue Lavaud
B.P. 19048
Port-au-Prince, Haïti
Tel : (509) 2943-2106 / 07
Email: avokahaiti@aol.com

Port-au-Prince, July 17, 2012

Mr. Jose de Jesus Orozca HENRIQUEZ
President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
1889 F. Street N.W
Washington DC 20006

Re: Request for an investigation of violations of human rights in Haiti

Dear Mr. President,

The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), who’s primary mission is to defend the inalienable rights, indefeasible and inherent to all people, is concerned about the deterioration and contempt for human rights in Haiti and asks the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to undertake an investigation in Haiti on the human rights situation, particularly since May 14, 2011.

The current government under President Joseph Michel Martelly appears to be regressing back to the practices of the former political regime that were rejected by the Haitian people 26 years ago. This new government tramples the housing rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were victims of the January 12, 2010 earthquake, as well as Haitian children’s right to education, by applying superficial solutions to please certain audiences while misleading the Haitian people who still wait for the fulfillment of election promises.

Honorable President and Members of the IACHR, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux would like to bring some serious human rights violations in Haiti to your attention. The situation in Haiti is often analogized to a vast conspiracy by certain representatives of the country who have created a host of illegal and cynical strategies: the subjugation of the Haiti National Police (HNP) and justice, the attempt to control the mass media and remobilize the old army, the cult of personality, etc. Haitians fear that they are returning to a past era akin to that under Duvalier, when a “conspiracy against the internal security of the State” was often used to terrorize and imprison political opponents and/or attempt to force people into exile, Fort Dimanche (Fort of
Death) and/or into a cemetery, and where the whims of the regime and its thugs plummeted the country into instability and violence.

President Martelly’s failure to hold elections, and his outrageous actions with the State University and the press, the forced evictions of victims displaced by the earthquake and the arrest of a Member of Parliament show that he does not stand for democracy, human rights or the rule of law.

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