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Judge Allows Torture Lawsuit to Proceed Against Former Haitian Mayor Turned Boston School-Bus Driver

View in French The Bureau des Avocats Interationaux (BAI) has represented David Boniface, Juders Yseme, and Nissage Martyr (since deceased) in their pursuit for justice against former mayor Jean Morose Viliena in the Haitian court system. Realizing that its clients would not receive a fair trial in Haiti due to corruption, BAI reached out to the Center for Justice & Accountability to pursue legal avenues in the U.S. against Viliena, who resides near Boston. Jean Morose Viliena to Answer for Attacks on Journalists and Human Rights Defenders Boston, Massachusetts, September 4, 2018 – On Friday August 31, the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts ruled that torture, murder, and arson claims can proceed against former Haitian mayor Jean Morose Viliena, a Boston area resident and former school-bus and Uber driver. The lawsuit was filed on March 23, 2017 by the Center […]

Konferans 18 Jiye 2018 (BAI ak Viktim Pèleren 5)

View in ENG. Kolektif Viktim Pèleren 5 yo  ap  kontinye denonse ak tout fòs yo zak kraze brize fòs represif  administrasyon Moise-Lafontant an fè kont nou menm, malere ak malerèz, nan pèleren 5,  soti lendi 2 jiyè pou bout mèkredi 4 jiyè 2018 la , an prezans komisè gouvèlman an, mouche Ocnam Clamé Daméus,  sekretè deta sekirite piblik la, mouche Ronsard Saint-Cyr ak pwopriyetè kay mesye Jovenel Moise rete a, mouche Yves Leonard. N ap raple pou laprès, lendi 2 jiyè ki sot pase a, ajan meri komin taba majistra Nice Simon, ki se mandan Yves Leonard, ap dirije a debake nan komin petyonvil pou make sou yon bann kay prive: “DGI à démolir”. Tousuit aprè, nan  madi 3 jiyè ozanviwon 4 trè nan laprè midi,  komisè Ocname Clamé Daméus ak  sekretè deta sekirite piblik la, mouche Ronsard Saint-Cyr anvayi […]

La hausse du prix des combustibles en Haïti était ‘certaine d’entraîner des répercussions négatives’, a dit l’Expert de l’ONU.

Une traduction en Français de l’article par Jacqueline Charles dans le Miami Herald le 16 juillet 2018. “Haiti fuel price jump was ‘guaranteed to lead to backlash,’ U.N. poverty expert says” Pour une version en PDF, cliquez ici La hausse du prix des combustibles en Haïti était ‘certaine d’entraîner des répercussions négatives’, a dit l’Expert de l’ONU. L’expert des Nations Unies sur la question de la pauvreté a critiqué le Fonds monétaire international pour la pression exercée afin de forcer Haïti à supprimer les subventions sur les combustibles ce lundi, et a indiqué que des bailleurs de fonds comme la Banque mondiale et la Banque interaméricaine de développement devraient aider les Haïtiens pauvres en augmentant l’aide au pays. «Le Fonds a toujours sous-estimé l’importance de calibrer ses recommandations aux spécificités du contexte politique, sans tenir compte de la mesure dans […]

If Haiti’s government does not confront poverty, corruption, more unrest will follow

Brian Concannon, The Miami Herald July 17, 2018 Saturday’s resignation of Haiti’s Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant, along with the suspension of controversial fuel price rises, will bring temporary respite from the latest social unrest in the country. But they will not resolve the problem underlying the protests — the Haitian people’s inability to demand better governance and basic services from its leaders. In a 1962 speech to the Organization of American States, President Kennedy urged the United States and “those who possess wealth and power” in the hemisphere’s less wealthy nations to enact reforms to allow the people of the Americas “to hope for a suitable standard of living.” Kennedy famously warned that. “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” We did not need last week’s images of angry protests and burning cars to know that, […]

Rape: Small Progress Eclipsed by Enormous Challenges 

This article was originally published in Le Nouvelliste on June 25, 2018  Thanks to the pleas of human rights defense organizations combined with the population’s outrage against the increase of rapes in displacement camps after the earthquake on January 12, 2010, we have seen some progress in taking care of victims. Since then, committees have been created to be in charge of those convicted of rape, exemplary verdicts against those guilty of rape have been pronounced, victims are better informed of their rights. These signs show that some progress has been made in the fight against rape, even if, in certain parts of the country, the violation of victims’ rights is systematically caused by numerous factors: corruption in the heart of the judicial system, the failure or absence of state institutions, and the victims’ ignorance of their own rights.  Following a […]

Viol : de petits progrès éclipsés par d’énormes défis

English Translation Here Par Jean Pharès Jérôme– cet article a été publié  le quotidien Le Nouvelliste Grâce au plaidoyer des organisations de défense des droits humains combiné aux cris d’alarme de la population contre la multiplication des cas de viol dans les camps de déplacés après le séisme du 12 janvier 2010, on observe de timides progrès dans la prise en charge des victimes. Depuis, des cellules de prise en charge du viol ont été créées ; des verdicts exemplaires contre des coupables de viol ont été prononcés; des victimes sont mieux informées de leurs droits. Des signes qui prouvent quelques progrès dans la lutte contre le viol même si, dans certaines régions du pays, la violation des droits des victimes est systématique à cause de nombreux facteurs, dont la corruption au sein du système judiciaire, la défaillance ou l’absence […]

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