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Press Release: Volunteerism Encouraged on Children’s Day in Haiti (BAI)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, June 10, 2011Contact : Mario Joseph, Av., Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, +509-3701-9879 (Haiti; Creole, French) ; Nathalie Nozile, Esq., Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, +509-3411-1165 (Haiti; Creole, French, English). Volunteerism Encouraged on Children’s Day in Haiti Organizations encourage individuals to take action in commemorating World Day Against the Worst Forms of Child Labour and National Children’s Day in Haiti (Port-au-Prince, Haiti, June 10, 2011) – The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), in collaboration with Restavèk Freedom, and Asanble Vwazen Solino (AVS) take the occasion of National Children’s Day in Haiti which falls on Sunday June 12, to sensitize the population regarding different problems facing children in Haiti. While we are honoring our children on this day, we encourage the Government of Haiti to tackle those problems head on. We also encourage every individual to take active steeps and do […]

Universal Periodic Review: Right to Education Report (Asanble Vwazen Solino)

Republic of Haiti Submission to the United Nations, Universal Periodic Review March 24, 2011   12th Session of the Working Group on the UPR Human Rights Council [October 3 – 14, 2011] Right to Education Download a copy:   Submitted By: Asanble Vwazen Solino   Endorsed By: Bureau des Avocats Internationaux Center for Constitutional Rights Conférence des universitaires pour la défense des droits et de la liberté Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti LAMP for Haiti Foundation Link Haiti, Inc. Paloma Institute UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic UnityAyiti I. INTRODUCTION   Children from low-income families in Haiti lack access to adequate education. Even before the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, nearly 80 percent of Haitians lived in extreme poverty.[i] The earthquake exacerbated an already perilous situation and has resulted in the denial of the right to adequate education for the […]

Exclusive investigation: Guards cash in on smuggling Haitian children

By Gerardo Reyes and Jacqueline Charles The smuggling problem has worsened along the Haiti-Dominican Republic border, with money passed to officers and traffickers willing to sell children. OUANAMINTHE, Haiti — The long-legged young man in a black jacket and shorts carries a child under each arm, given to him on the Haitian side of the border. He steps into the calm waters of the Massacre River and in less than 10 strides, without getting wet above the knees, he’s in the Dominican Republic. It’s market day on the border, a chaotic scene where thousands of buyers and sellers pour into this bi-national market, and it provides the perfect cover for the smuggling of children. The young man pushes past stalls, dodges wooden carts, looks back as if pursued, until he reaches a house where arms extend from an open door to […]

Report: Poor countries face education crisis

Poor Countries Face Education Crisis, United Nations September 20, 2010 NAIROBI, Kenya — Nearly 70 million children around the world are not getting an education despite much progress in the last 10 years, and Haiti and Somalia are the two worst countries in which to be a school-age child, a new report released Monday said. The global financial crisis has forced poor countries to cut their education budgets by $4.6 billion a year at a time when intensified efforts are needed to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goal of ensuring a primary school education for every child in the world by 2015, it said. The report listed 10 countries at the bottom of the education list, all but Haiti are in Africa. In addition to Somalia, the others are Eritrea, Comoros, Ethiopia, Chad, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and […]

Protests Growing as Earthquake Survivors Demand Right to Education and Shelter

For immediate Release: September 13, 2010 CONTACT: Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Etant Dupain, 509-3497-1717 Washington, DC: Melinda Miles, 413-923-8435   Protests Growing as Earthquake Survivors Demand Right to Education and Shelter EIGHT MONTHS AFTER QUAKE, STILL NO SCHOOLS AVAILABLE FOR MAJORITY OF DISPLACED CHILDREN PORT-AU-PRINCE: On Monday September 13th at 11am EST (10am in Haiti) residents of more than a dozen camps for internally displaced people will demonstrate in front of the National Palace to demand the right to education. They are also calling for decent housing because they are living in fear during this hurricane season. As children all over the world returned to school this month, the majority of Haitian earthquake survivors are still living under tarps, tents and sheets without access to basic services and have no schools or educational programs for their children to attend. Since food distributions […]

Haiti’s Schools

New York Times Editorial August 16, 2010 A plan to build a new education system in Haiti is one of the most encouraging things to emerge from the rubble of the Jan. 12 earthquake. It is expected to be endorsed at a meeting on Tuesday of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, the joint Haitian-international body created to guide the country’s rebuilding. Talk and promises have been far more abundant than visible improvements in the lives of struggling Haitians. After a frustratingly slow start, the commission is finally confronting a range of urgent issues, including housing and debris removal. It is right that this meeting — only its second — is immediately tackling education reform head-on, since the current system’s failures are at the root of the country’s thwarted potential. Nearly all primary schools in Haiti today are private; parents, eager […]

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