Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Mario PECIn 2014, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux launched a new Civic Engagement Program (Programme d’Engagement Civique, PEC) in the Central Plateau of Haiti. All too often, residents of these communities have been vulnerable to misfortune because they cannot enforce individual rights like employment or contract rights to earn their way out of poverty; or land tenure rights to cultivate themselves out of poverty. Even when United Nations peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti in 2010, Haiti’s government was unable or unwilling to stand up for its citizens’ rights to clean water and health.

The solution to this general inability to enforce basic rights is teaching these citizens skills that will allow them to engage effectively with the local, national and international powers that make the decisions which deprive them of their rights. In BAI’s experience, these skills are best taught as part of a concrete participative rights-enforcement initiative, which allows for experimentation, learning from successes and failures, and adapting techniques to local conditions. This process also enhances leadership development along the way, and provides the prospect of an improvement in the community’s lives. The community members choose the activities that best fit their capabilities, priorities and objectives and BAI helps them implement these activities and work towards their goals.




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