|IJDH’s relentless advocacy for cholera justice led the United States Congress to include $10 million to fund cholera elimination in the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations bill despite President Trump’s opposition. Teaming up with Haitian diaspora organizations and members of Congress, IJDH was able to secure this money for the United Nations New Approach to cholera in Haiti.This is not a complete victory for cholera justice, but it is a step forward that will save lives. We now call on the UN to immediately keep its promise to consult with the victims of cholera to determine how best to invest the funds.|
BAI and IJDH Lead Denunciation of Human Rights Violators in Army High Command
BAI and IJDH responded to the naming of army officers implicated in the 1994 Raboteau Massacre to the High Command of the newly reconstituted Haitian army with a press release and numerous media interviews. BAI’s Managing Attorney Mario Joseph noted that the “appointment confirms once again that the Haitian Armed Forces, remobilized by the [ruling Tét Kale party] is a militia whose hidden mission is to have the Haitian people relive the darkest hours of bloodthirsty Duvalierism.” Similarly, IJDH’s Executive Director Brian Concannon observed that, “Haitian leaders made the appointments without regard for the many innocent victims of the bloody coup of September 30, 1991 and the Raboteau massacre.”
The Army overthrew Jean-Bertrand Arsitide, Haiti’s first democratically-elected president in a bloody coup d’état on September 30, 1991, killing thousands of civilians. Aristide disbanded the army following the 1994 restoration of democracy. The reconstitution of the army has been a priority of President Jovenel Moïse and cause for great concern amongst the national and international human rights community.
IJDH Helps File Lawsuit Challenging President Trump’s Racially-Motivated TPS Termination
IJDH helped its Board Chair, Ira Kurzban, and the National Immigration Project, a subdivision of National Lawyers Guild, file suit in New York Federal Court challenging the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for over 58,000 Haitians (amongst them parents of over 27,000 American-children). As Kurzban noted, “The president can’t say, ‘I want to do this because I don’t like black people or Haitians, I don’t want them here.'”
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