We are grateful for the opportunity to present our joint submission to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) regarding the human rights situation in Haiti. In it, we focus on lack of accountability for human rights violations by the Haitian National Police and Duvalier regime, as well as threats to human rights defenders, poor prison conditions, and examples of compliance to IACHR precautionary measures for women and girls.
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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Questionnaire for States and Civil Society to Assist in the Preparation of the Annual Overview of the Human Rights Situation in the Hemisphere
February 23, 2015
Joint Submission by the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti
The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) is a human rights organization based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti that provides legal services to low-income Haitians and engages in strategic advocacy on their behalf. The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) is a human rights organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, that works in partnership with BAI to protect the human rights of Haitians through legal, policy and advocacy work. Together, we are grateful for the opportunity to present our joint submission to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights regarding the human rights situation in Haiti.
Our review of recent initiatives by the Haitian government reveals that although several encouraging reforms have been made, much work remains to be done to ensure that Haitians can exercise their rights under the American Convention of Human Rights. A lack of resources, political will and coordination among government entities has hampered efforts to protect Haitian human rights, and will likely continue to do so until the Haitian government holds itself accountable through fair and timely elections. Lawful governance is a necessary precursor to developing strategic, long-lasting policies for enforcing human rights.
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