Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti: The Damage Done

Part II of an Interview with Brian Concannon. By Darren Ell, The Dominion March 15, 2007 The Dominion – http://www.dominionpaper.ca   MINUSTAH is not aiding progress in Haiti, says Brian Concannon, but hindering it. Photo: Joseph Wenkoff � Read Part I of this interview. 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 […]

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: avokahaiti@aol.com 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 – http://www.dominionpaper.ca   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 […]

Interview With So Ann

Africa Today – March 12, 2007 [kpfa.org] So Ann, former Haitian political prisoner and Pierre Labossiere, Haiti Action Network; Christine Nyanda Chacha and Dr. Charangi of African Immigrant Social and Cultural Services, hosted by Walter Turner

Influx of deportees stirs anger in Haiti (The Boston Globe)

By Amy Bracken, The Boston Globe Some believe US policy helped boost crime rate Harry Desiré helped found Alternative Chance, a criminal deportee advocacy organization, after he was deported to Haiti. Desiré spent five years in New York State prisons. (Michelle Karshan for the Boston Globe) PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — As the Haitian government struggles to bring security to its chaotic capital, many Haitians say the United States is aggravating the crime problem by quadrupling the number of criminal deportees to their native country. Tensions have risen after a recent wave of kidnappings and high-profile slayings in Port-au-Prince, including the abduction, torture, and killing of a 20-year-old woman studying to be a teacher. It was in the midst of this rash of violent crime that the United States increased the deportation of Haitians, both illegal immigrants and legal-resident criminals who had […]

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 […]

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