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HRC’s Concluding Observations on Haiti Human Rights

The Human Rights Committee’s concluding observations for Haiti were published on October 30, 2014 with a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Geneva time. This is the final outcome document that brought Mario Joseph and Nicole Phillips to Geneva earlier this month. (Their conference call, along with other Haitian human rights leaders, is available here.) Below are excerpts from the press release pertaining to Haiti.  A press release from IJDH and BAI commending the Committee’s concluding observations is available here.

UN Human Rights Committee’s Concluding Observations on: Haiti

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
October 27, 2014

Palais des Nations, Press Room III at 13:30

GENEVA (27 October 2014) – The UN Human Rights Committee will be holding a news conference to discuss the outcome of its 112th session on Thursday 30 October at 13:30 in Press Room III, Palais des Nations. Members will respond to questions on their concluding observations, follow-up to past recommendations to States, and their adopted General Comment on liberty and security of person. 

The Committee will share with the UNOG-based press corps advance copies of its Concluding Observations, strictly embargoed until 13:30 on 30 October. 

Among the issues discussed: 

Haiti: Impunity for grave human rights violations; violence against women and LGBT persons; prolonged pre-trial detention; extra-judicial killings by police;  protection of children against exploitation (“restavek”), abusive adoption and trafficking; forced evictions and closure of camps for people displaced by 2010 earthquake. 

The Human Rights Committee published its concluding observations here on 30 October:


Here‘s the final document, in French.

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