Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Response of the BAI to Interrogation of Mr. Evens Jeune (press release)

  BUREAU DES AVOCATS INTERNATIONAUX B.P. 19048 3, 2�me rue Lavaud, Port-au-Prince, Haiti 244-7987/244-7988/244-7989 Fax 244-7986 Email: BAI�s response after the questioning of Evens Jeune   The Jeune�s this past Tuesday, March 13, in les Cayes, as well as of his appearance on Thursday, March 15, before Justice of the Peace Me. Gabriel Ambroise, under the direction of the Office of the Prosecutor of the Trial Court of Port-au-Prince. The BAI seizes this occasion to denounce, before national and international public opinion, that despite the judicial authorities� scrupulous respect for the time-limit for appearance at the initial hearing (48 hours) observed by the judicial, the initial questioning of Evens Jeune without the presence of a lawyer was illegal and arbitrary, and contrary to the relevant laws. That is why, the suffering the deprivation of his basic rights, regardless of […]

Haiti: the Damage Done

Part I of an Interview with Brian Concannon by Darren Ell The Dominion –   The 2004 coup reversed years of progress in Haiti. Photo: Joseph Wenkoff � Brian Concannon is the director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). He founded IJDH after the 2004 Canada-US-France coup d��tat that ousted Haiti�s democratically elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Concannon formerly co-directed the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) , the most prominent legal group prosecuting human rights cases in Haiti, and worked for MICIVIH, a UN human rights mission in Haiti. Darren Ell interviewed him in the offices of the BAI in Port-au-Prince on February 28, 2007, the third anniversary of the 2004 overthrow of democratically elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. For a timeline documenting Canada�s involvement in Haiti since 2000, read this. Darren Ell: Why did you create […]

Former Minister of Justice Criticizes Unconstitutional Supreme Court Judges

AHP News – March 9, 2007 – English translation (Unofficial)� � A former Justice Minister denounces the fact that the Supreme Court is functioning with illegal members under a constitutionally elected government � � Port-au-Prince, March 9, 2007 (AHP)- Former Justice Minister� Camille Leblanc asserted Friday that some of the current membership of the country’s high court, the Court of Cassation, do not have a legal mandate because the procedures employed to name several of the court’s members did not comply with requirements of the Haitian Constitutions. � Judges on the Court of Cassation were named by de facto President Boniface Alexandre and as a result do not have a legal mandate, according to Mr. Leblanc. � The former Justice Minister urged that this situation be corrected through the submission of the names of these judges to the Haitian Parliament […]

Ex-Haitian Officer Liable for Torture

By Alfonso Chardy, Miami Herald Feb 24, 2007 A Miami federal jury awarded two plaintiffs $4.3 million in a case against a former Haitian military officer accused of human rights violations in the 1990s. A Miami federal jury decided Friday that former Haitian army Col. Carl Dorelien — who once won $3.2 million in the Florida Lottery — is financially liable for the 1993 torture of a former Port-au-Prince labor leader and the 1994 death of a Haitian resident during a neighborhood massacre. After deliberating for two hours and 15 minutes, the four women and two men jurors awarded $4.3 million to the plaintiffs — $2.5 million to former labor leader Lexiuste Cajuste and $1.8 million to Marie Jeanne Jean, the widow of Raboteau massacre victim Michel Pierre. The verdict came at the end of a four-day civil trial stemming […]

Haitian Colonel Ordered to Pay $4.3 Million for Human Rights Abuses

Feb 23, 2007 (Miami, Florida, February 23, 2007).� A federal jury in Miami found Colonel Carl Dor�lien, a former member of the Haitian Military�s High Command, liable for torture, extrajudicial killing, arbitrary detention and crimes against humanity suffered by plaintiffs Lexiuste Cajuste, Marie Jeanne Jean and her two young children.� Colonel Dor�lien was ordered to pay a total of $4.3 million to the plaintiffs in compensatory and punitive damages. Lexiuste Cajuste was arbitrarily detained and severely tortured by Haitian military forces under Dorelien�s command because of his role as a union organizer and pro-democracy activist.� Miraculously, he survived the beatings but, fourteen years after the ordeal, still suffers severe physical disabilities relating to his torture.� Upon learning of the jury�s verdict in his favor Cajuste stated, �Today I have finally found justice, but I am only one person amongst an […]

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