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Haiti’s Senate Bill Discriminates Against LGBTQ Community

In June, a bill was adopted by the Haitian Senate which not only violates the Haitian Constitution, it also further marginalizes and discriminates against the LGBTQ community. Consensual homosexual relationships in Haiti have been legal since 1986, yet due to religious culture, the subject remains taboo. Mario Joseph, Managing Attorney at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), urged the Haitian government to protect the rights and dignity of Haitian LGBTQ individuals. “The Haitian government must respect its obligation to protect disadvantaged populations instead of persecuting them,” said Joseph. Read Full Article HERE Haiti Senate Bill Discriminates Against LGBTQ Community, Human Rights Org Says The Haitian Times A recent bill adopted by the Haitian Senate last month discriminates against the LGBTQ community and violates the Haitian constitution, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) said in a recent release. The Bill on the Reputation and Assessment of Good and Moral […]

Haiti: The Return of the Disbanded Army Triggers Bad Memories Amongst Haitian Population

  After more than two decades, Haiti is reconstructing its army known as lame kraze zo or lame kou deta, concerns grow amongst the population. Defense Minister Herve Denis stated that the army’s mission would be to combat contraband trafficking and provide relief during natural disasters. However, human rights advocates argued that Haiti should instead spend it’s limited financial to reinforce the capacity of its National Police Force of 15,000 officers. “People are signing up because they are desperate for jobs and meaning,” said Brian Concannon, the Executive Director of Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. “I have seen nothing that would indicate that the army would do a better job of policing the borders or responding to natural disasters than civilian police,” concluded Concannon. Read full article HERE. Haiti Is Bringing Back Its Army By Tristin Clavel,  War Is […]

Cholera Victims Press for Individual Compensation

As the United Nations winds down its 13-year peacekeeping in Haiti,  the victims of cholera demand that the organization fulfills the promise it made to the Haitian people nearly a year ago. The U.N. promised to raise $400 million to fund its New Approach to cholera in Haiti which included individual compensation to the most affected families. Brian Concannon, the Executive Director of  Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti urged the U.N. to consult with cholera victims before making its final decision.“Moving forward with only community projects without consulting Haitians will not be accepted in Haiti and will not effectively address the harms that have been suffered by victims,” Concannon said. Join our Time 2Deliver campaign to urge the U.N. to deliver on its promise and urge your country to contribute to the cholera fund if it has not […]

After Thirteen Years, What Will Be the U.N.’s Legacy in Haiti?

On October 16, the United Nations (U.N.) will end its 13-year controversial peacekeeping mission in Haiti. The U.N. Mission for Stabilization in Haiti known by its French acronym MINUSTAH has been plagued by a series of controversies from sexual abuses to the current cholera epidemic. The UN cholera epidemic has killed over 10,000 Haitians and sickened 800,000 more. It took the U.N. nearly six years to acknowledge its role in spreading cholera and to issue a formal public apology to the Haitian people. Join our Time2Deliver campaign to press the U.N. to keep its promise to Haitian people and urge your country to contribute to the cholera fund if it has not already done so. Read the full article HERE The U.N.’s Legacy in Haiti: Stability, but for Whom? Jake Johnston, World Politics Review  After 13 years and more than $7 billion, […]

The Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York Provides Free Clinical Service to Haitian-TPS Holders

Following the announcement of  Department of Homeland Security’s six-month Temporary Protected Status (TPS) extension for Haiti, the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY) has been holding free clinics in Flatbush, NY, to help Haitians renew their TPS. The Association has also assisted participants in finding Haitian Creole-speaking immigration attorneys statewide. Full Article HERE  Haitian Bar Association hosts clinics for those in danger of losing temporary protected status Rob Abruzzese, Brooklyn Daily Eagle  July 13, 2017 Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY) have been hard at work this summer as they have held a pair of temporary protected status (TPS) renewal clinics in Flatbush this summer to help Haitian immigrants who are in danger of losing their status. The first of these events was held at the YMCA in Flatbush last month and another was held this past weekend at […]

Haitians to U.N. Security Council: Justice for the Victims of Cholera, Child Support for Peacekeepers’ Abandoned Children

The United Nations Security Council ended a three-day visit to Haiti on Saturday, after hearing a variety of concerns during the meetings  with President Jovenel Moïse, Haitian lawmakers,  Haitian civil society and cholera advocates. Among the issues Haitians raised were the compensation for the cholera victims, child support for the abandoned children fathered by U.N. peacekeeping soldiers and the desire for a new, smaller mission to be Haiti’s last. On cholera, the Security Council delegation reaffirmed its support for the new efforts undertaken by the UN. Tell U.N. it’s time to deliver. Join our Time2Deliver campaign and urge your country to contribute to the cholera fund. Click HERE for the full article. Cholera, babies left by U.N. peacekeepers top list of Haiti’s woes Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald June 24, 2017 PORT-AU-PRINCE The 15-member United Nations Security Council ended a visit to Haiti Saturday, promising to […]

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