Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

BAI & NLG Debut Haiti’s First Legal Observers at May Day Protests

BAI law thesis candidate Peterson Juillet legal observing in Port-Au-Prince, May 1. Credit: Nicole Phillips On May 1, Haitian public interest law firm Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), sent its first group of trained legal observers to monitor International Workers’ Day (“May Day”) protests in the capital city. BAI launched its Obsèvatwa Libète Piblik (Public Freedoms Observation) program in partnership with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), and National Lawyers Guild (NLG). Haitians have been demonstrating in anti-government protests for months. Police have retaliated with intimidation, violence, and unlawful arrests. In response to these violations of freedom of speech, assembly and due process under the Haitian Constitution and international law, BAI contacted the NLG for support. On Apr. 25, BAI announced their legal observer and protest defense initiative, modeled after the […]

Let’s Laugh and Learn How to Make Justice Happen With the Best Haitian Comedians

 Join IJDH & BAI in New York for a Comedy Show Gotham Comedy Club on May 2 When was the last time you laughed until you cried? IJDH has got you covered! We are very excited to announce “A Stand up for Justice and Democracy in Haiti” with Haitian-American comedians J-L Cauvin, Tanael Joachim and Reg Thomas at Gotham Comedy Club in New York! Our goal is to bring people who care about justice in Haiti to laugh, learn and support the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)’s human rights work. Bring your family and friends! You can buy as many tickets as you’d like! If you can’t make it, that’s ok. You can gift your ticket to a friend living in the New York Metropolitan area. We would love to […]

The BAI Welcomes the UN’s Victims’ Rights Advocate Meeting with Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Haiti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Mario Joseph, Av., Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), Mario@ijdh.org, +509 3701-9879 (Haïti) (English, French, Kreyòl) Sienna Merope-Synge, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), sienna@ijdh.org, 509 4875-3444; +1 917 864-6901 (English, French, Kreyòl) The BAI Welcomes the UN’s Victims’ Rights Advocate Meeting with Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Haiti, Calls for Broad-Based Reforms and for Victim Assistance A French version of this press release can be found here. Port-au-Prince, April 27, 2018 – The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) welcomes its meeting this week with Jane Connors, the UN Victims’ Rights Advocate, and Lynne Goldberg, senior political affairs officer in the office of the UN Special Coordinator on Improving the UN Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, to discuss UN obligations to the 11 mothers of the 14 abandoned children of UN peacekeepers represented […]

IJDH Briefs UK Parliament on Accountability for Humanitarian Actors in Wake of Oxfam Scandal

  TOWARDS A MORE ACCOUNTABLE HUMANITARIAN SECTOR March 21, 2018 The Oxfam sex abuse scandal in Haiti is just the tip of the iceberg of unaccountable humanitarian action, and demonstrates the urgent need for improved accountability across the humanitarian aid sector. Sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) is prevalent in the aid community: one report found that 23 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Haiti have had a sexual exploitation problem. Like Oxfam, NGOs often do not treat staff SEA as a legal matter or provide remedies to the victims.  Legal obligations exist, but NGOs ignore them. As with SEA, other accountability failures create anger and tension with local communities, and undermine humanitarian actors’ effectiveness. These include failures in aid delivery, sustainability of development projects and, in the case of the United Nations in Haiti, immunity that results in impunity for recklessly introducing […]

Le BAI Dénonce la Nomination d’un Ex-Tortionnaire du coup d’état sanglant du 30 septembre 1991 au soi-disant Haut Etat-Major des Forces Armées d’Haïti

BUREAU DES AVOCATS INTERNATIONAUX 3, 2ème rue Lavaud B.P. 19048 Port-au-Prince, Haiti 509 2943 2106 / 07 Fax 2244-7986 Email:  avokahaiti@aol.com                                                                        Port-au-Prince, le 14 mars 2018 Le BAI Dénonce la Nomination d’un Ex-Tortionnaire du coup d’état sanglant du 30 septembre 1991 au soi-disant Haut Etat-Major des Forces Armées d’Haïti Dowloand the English version of this press release HERE. Note de Presse Le Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), dans sa mission première de défendre les droits des plus démunis, les droits inaliénables, imprescriptibles et inhérents à la personne humaine, en particulier ceux des victimes du terrorisme d’Etat, du choléra  importé par la Mission des Nations Unies […]

BAI and IJDH Stand up for Haitian Dignity

  BAI and IJDH Continue to Fight for the Dignity of the Haitian People in Haiti and in the U.S. Last month, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) joined the Haitian community in the United States and in Haiti in denouncing President Trump‘s disparaging remarks about Haiti, El Salvador, and all African countries. IJDH’s Brian Concannon told a crowd at a rally in Boston that, “President Trump’s remarks about Haiti are false. They are an affront to the dignity of the Haitian people and the American people.” Meanwhile in Haiti, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)’s Managing Attorney Mario Joseph decried the president’s comment while attending a grassroots activist’s protest at the U.S. Embassy in Port-Au-Prince. “On many occasions in the past we have been victims of imperialist countries, particularly the United States,” said Joseph rebuking Trump’s vulgar comments […]

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