|BAI and IJDH Continue to Fight for the Dignity of the Haitian People in Haiti and in the U.S.|
Last month, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) joined the Haitian community in the United States and in Haiti in denouncing President Trump‘s disparaging remarks about Haiti, El Salvador, and all African countries.
IJDH’s Brian Concannon told a crowd at a rally in Boston that, “President Trump’s remarks about Haiti are false. They are an affront to the dignity of the Haitian people and the American people.”
Meanwhile in Haiti, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)’s Managing Attorney Mario Joseph decried the president’s comment while attending a grassroots activist’s protest at the U.S. Embassy in Port-Au-Prince. “On many occasions in the past we have been victims of imperialist countries, particularly the United States,” said Joseph rebuking Trump’s vulgar comments about Haiti.
Together with its allies, IJDH will continue to stand up for just immigration policy that keeps Haitian families together.
BAI and IJDH Urge the UN to Deliver on Its Promises to Haitian People
IJDH and BAI continue to pressure the UN to respect its promises to eliminate cholera and compensate the victims of its cholera epidemic. BAI trains the victims of cholera to participate meaningfully in the promised UN consultations regarding compensation, and joins the cholera victims in protesting inaction by the UN and Haitian government.
IJDH is also leading the effort to push the U.S. Congress to contribute to the UN Haiti Cholera Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund to prevent more Haitians dying from Cholera. So far, UNcholera has killed 10,000 and sickened over 800,000 Haitians (conservative estimate).
IJDH Advances Accountability in Oxfam Scandal Discussions
IJDH’s leadership in promoting accountability for international organizations operating in vulnerable countries led journalists to ask for our help in understanding the context of the Oxfam sexual exploitation scandal. Staff Attorney Sienna Merope-Synge wrote,”This behaviour wasn’t just unacceptable, it was unlawful. Prostitution is illegal under Haitian law and if minors were involved, this was also statutory rape.”
Furthermore, Executive Director Concannon explained on Al Jazeera that, “The scandal is really just the tip of the iceberg. The iceberg is a long history of unaccountable interventions by the humanitarian community in countries like Haiti that are poor.”
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Oxfam scandal spotlights lack of NGO oversight in poor countries, Daily Sabah World, February 15, 2018
Sienna Merope-Synge Discusses U.N. Accountability in Haiti, Yale Law School, February 19, 2018
Protesters in Haiti condemn Trump remarks at embassy protest, Daily Mail, January 18, 2018