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U.N. may remove MINUSTAH military peacekeepers from Haiti

A United Nations official has said that the MINUSTAH peacekeeping operation in Haiti is under review, and this might lead to the removal of military peacekeepers from Haiti. The U.N. mission has been heavily criticized since its arrival in Haiti, from issues involving sexual abuse to the introduction of cholera in Haiti. The U.N. Security Council is expected to make its decision in April. Part of the article is posted below. Click HERE for the full article. U.N. considering removing military peacekeepers from Haiti: official Makini Brice, Reuters February 9, 2017 The United Nations is considering removing military personnel from its peacekeeping mission in Haiti, a U.N. official said on Thursday, indicating a possible scaling back of one of the body’s longest-running and widely-criticized missions. The U.N. mission in Haiti, often locally called by its French acronym MINUSTAH, has been in the country since […]

Press Conference with Mother of 2 Peacekeeper Babies | Konferans pou laprès yon manman 2 pitit “casques bleus”

Press Conference with a mother of 2 children United Nations peacekeepers abandoned in Haiti Bureau des Avocats Internationaux February 2017 Hats off to all of the media who is present at this press conference, and to Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) for the legal support it is giving me and the other mother who are victims in the case of children who MINUSTAH soldiers conceived and then abandoned in Haiti. The object of this press conference is to ask the Haitian State, which signed the accord for MINUSTAH to come stay in the country, to help me receive child support for the two children a MINUSTAH soldier left me to take care of, even though I don’t even have two pennies to rub together. My name is Beatrice Germain and I am living in Jeremie, which is in the Grand […]

Vigilante Justice Used to Bypass a Broken System in Haiti

Vigilante justice is a problem in Haiti but the average citizen often seems either indifferent or approving of these types of lynchings, viewing them as necessity for justice due to the broken justice system. Nicole Phillips, an IJDH Staff Attorney, explains that if the government prioritizes improving the justice system, and if Haitians know how to use the justice system to enforce their rights, this will not be such a problem. UN mission says vigilantes have impunity in Haiti David McFadden, Associated Press, Yahoo! News January 17, 2017 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A report issued Tuesday by the U.N. stabilization mission in Haiti rebukes local authorities for a losing battle against vigilante violence and displaying passivity or even tolerating mobs taking the law into their own hands. The human rights section of the U.N. mission, known by its French acronym Minustah, said […]

Haitian Farmers File Complaint Against Land Grab During “Recovery” Efforts

A collective that represents hundreds of Haitian farmers filed a complaint with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) regarding the land grabs that occurred during the 2010 earthquake recovery efforts. This complaint was filed on the 7th anniversary of the earthquake, as Haitians continue to face the consequences of the creation of the Caracol Industrial Park (CIP) after the quake. Initially, IDB and Caracol promised to provide replacement land to the farmers who were displaced by the CIP but ended up, instead, providing a small cash compensation package. Now, the farmers are struggling to survive food and financial insecurity, particularly with the CIP being placed on the most fertile land in the area. The collective is seeking accountability and a remedy for the suffering initiated by the IDB and CIP. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. On […]

Seven Years after the Earthquake: Haiti in an unprecedented humanitarian, food, and climate crisis

Press Contact: Nicole Phillips, Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) Nicole @ijdh.org (510) 715-2855 Seven Years after the Earthquake: Haiti in an unprecedented humanitarian, food, and climate crisis January 12, 2017 – Washington, DC –  On the seventh anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince, human rights groups, faith-based organizations, policy institutes and humanitarian organizations would like to honor those who lost their lives in the earthquake, as well as those who lost their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Haiti’s vulnerability to natural disasters is the result of human policies, which can be changed. As the election crisis comes to an end, and President-elect Jovenel Moise is set to take office on February 7, 2017, there’s a unique opportunity for sustained change now. January 12, 2010 Earthquake The earthquake […]

Details on Drug-Related Arrest of Elected Haitian Senator

Four days before he would officially become a Haitian Senator, 2004 coup leader Guy Philippe was arrested on drug charges from 2005. He was arrested by Haitian National Police after appearing on a radio show, and brought to Miami by U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents. His arrest apparently comes at a time when Philippe was vulnerable – between immunity from being a political candidate and immunity that would have come from being a Senator. This article provides more details on what allowed this arrest to happen, and some reactions from a US attorney. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s Philippe dropped his guard before his capture by U.S. agents Jacqueline Charles and Jay Weaver, Miami Herald January 6, 2017 Four days before his arrest, ex-rebel leader and newly elected Haitian Senator Guy Philippe swaggered […]

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