Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti: Frozen in Time

By Sasha Kramer, CounterPunch Six months later and sometimes it feels like we will be stuck in January 2010 forever. It as if we are frozen in time, looking out on the hillsides covered with tents. Every once in a while we will notice a change, like the empty space where the church used to be on Delmas 53. For years I would stay in the hotel across the street and be awakened by singing from that church. In January, when I returned to the hotel, the church was a mound of cement and twisted iron with a cross that dangled precariously into the street. Now there is just a hole, an empty space that still echoes with the voices of the choir. Sometimes we notice the ever growing piles of rubble that spill out into the street as people […]

Haiti at a Crossroads (U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations)

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RNDDH sounds the alarm on the situation of minors in conflict with the Law.

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Une Activiste des droits de la femme Haïtienne quitte le camp de déplacement pour donner un testament devant le Conseil des droits Humains des Nations Unis. (French)

Click here to iew the original: http://ijdh.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/GENEVA-PRESS-RELEASE-French.pdf”] Pour Publication Immediate: Contactes: New York: Yifat Susskind, Policy and Communications Director, MADRE (available through Diana Duarte, Media Coordinator, MADRE) (212) 627-0444; email: media@madre.org Geneva: Malya Villard-Appolon (available through Lisa Davis, Human Rights Attorney, MADRE) email: ldavis@madre.org Geneva: Blaine Bookey, Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (415) 515-8956 (US number in Geneva); email: blaine@ijdh.org   Une Activiste des droits de la femme Haïtienne quitte le camp de déplacement pour donner un testament devant le Conseil des droits Humains des Nations Unis.   Juin 7th, 2010- Genève, Suisse- Aujourd’hui, Pendant que le conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations Unis se rassemble à Genève, ses représentants vont entendre le testament de Malya Villard-Appolon, Une Haïtienne activiste pour les droits de la femme et partenaire de MADRE qui a vécue dans les camps […]

What Would ‘Another Haiti’ Look Like? Haitian Views on Their Country’s Future

By Beverly Bell, Huffington Post A slogan of Haiti’s popular movement – a grouping of many organized sectors, from community-based journalists, to cooperative street vendors, to children’s rights advocates – is ‘Another Haiti Is Possible.’ Most Haitians we speak with, whatever their sector or political persuasion, have very clear ideas of what a different Haiti could look like and what would be required for its construction. Here are some of those ideas. Jean Jores Pierre is student of economics at the State University of Haiti and an intern at a policy advocacy organization. An orphan, when Jores’ home collapsed in the earthquake, he began sleeping in a tent in the yard outside the office of his organization. He is now living with relatives in Port-au-Prince. The catastrophe of January 12 showed clearly how poorly the country has been managed. At […]

A country ‘forgotten’: Missoula professor shares experience after visiting area still reeling from disaster

By Katie Kane, The Missoulian Port-au-Prince, Haiti – It is 2 p.m. in what used to be the neighborhood of Croix des Prez in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After the “catastrophe” of Jan. 12, it became Camp Croix des Prez, only one of the many camps in which more than 600,000 Haitians still live. Four months after the earthquake, it looks as though the destruction took place yesterday. Concrete dust, rubble, trash, half-collapsed buildings, rusted tin and tents make up the geography of Croix des Prez. It is a landscape on tilt. I am here to spend the next 24 hours living in the camp. I’ve just flown in from Missoula where I am a professor of literature at the University of Montana. I landed in the country a few days ago, and now I am about to spend 24 hours in […]

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