Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Half-Hour for Haiti : Justice for Slain Journalists

May 4, 2007Half-Hour for Haiti: Justice for Slain JournalistsUpdate: No good news on political prisoners this week like the last two, but we are still working. Rep. Maxine Waters, joined by Representatives Spencer Bachus, Luis Gutierrez and Barbara Lee issued a letter to their colleagues in Congress yesterday urging them to co-sponsor the Haiti Debt Relief Act. The co-sponsor total for the Act remains at 8, so there is work to do. We will complement the Representatives’ letters with a call-in-to-Congress day on Haiti’s Flag Day, May 18. Coming Attractions: The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti is holding a New York City Fundraiser  on May 24 at the Judson Memorial Church in Washington Square, hosted by Michael Ratner, Tom Driver, Bryan Stevenson, and Judy Prosper, and featuring Mario Joseph of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and Brian […]

Haiti: Prison Reform and the Rule of Law (International Crisis Group)

[gview file=”“]

Freedom of expression cannot prevail if there is no justice for murdered journalists

By Amnesty International May 3, 2007 As the world celebrates World Press Freedom Day on May 3, in Haiti, the right to freedom of expression continues to bear a high cost for journalists. The Haitian Constitution expressly guarantees the right to freedom of opinion and expression. However, the ability of journalists to enjoy and exercise these freedoms in Haiti is another matter. Since April 2000, eight journalists have been killed in Haiti either by unknown gunmen or in some cases allegedly by members of the security forces. Dozens more have been subject to harassment, imprisonment and attacks in the course of exercising their profession. Attacks against Haitian journalists often represent an attempt to silence their voices – in a country with high illiteracy rates where most people do not have access to television, the radio is the main source of […]

Half-Hour for Haiti: Celebrate, then Laugh

April 26, 2007 Update: Last night was Amanus Maette�s one-thousand-one-hundred-thirty-second night in prison- 3 years, one month and one week since his arrest on March 19, 2004.� Tonight he is home with his wife and daughter. On Tuesday, the trial court of St. Marc ordered the pre-trial release of Mr. Maette, a former Parliamentarian, and Hora Jean Baptiste (in jail since August 2005).� After a few technical glitches, the release orders were executed today. Click here for a photo essay on the release by Wadner Pierre. Mario Joseph, the lawyer for Mr. Maette and Mr. Jean-Baptiste, asked me to thank everyone who wrote on behalf of the political prisoners last week, or responded to the many alerts we have issued in this case (see Fighting for the Rule of Law in Haiti, an interview with Mario). Mario notes that he […]

Contact IJDH

Institute for Justice & Democracy In Haiti
15 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Telephone: (617) 652-0876
General Inquiries:
Media Inquiries:

Use Giving Assistant to save money and support Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti Inc.