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2020

January 2020

Litigating Peacekeeper Child Sexual Abuse: A REDRESS and CRIN Report

 IJDH and BAI are featured in a case study on litigation led by the BAI on behalf of 10 Haitian women whose children were fathered by United Nations Peacekeepers.

June 2020

Cholera 9 Years On… A “New Approach"

This report from IJDH and BAI brings to light the challenges that cholera survivors still face, and provides background on: the United Nations’ legal obligations to cholera survivors, the decade-long movement for justice calling for the UN to fulfill the rights it claims to protect internationally, and the ongoing violation of victims’ right to effective remedy.

November 2020

Briefing Paper: Reversing Post-Raboteau Massacre Trial Impunity

The Raboteau Massacre Trial (the “Trial”) was celebrated as a commitment by the government of Haiti to ending impunity. [2] It was the first case to bring Haiti’s military leadership to justice.[3] It was also momentous because it embodied the dividends of a concerted investment in systematic improvements to Haiti’s justice sector. The Trial showed that meaningful accountability for past abuses was possible in a Haitian court of law. The recent deportation of one of the main actors responsible for the Raboteau Massacre, Emmanuel “Toto” Constant, to Haiti offers a new opportunity for the government of Haiti to re-examine the arc of the Raboteau Massacre Trial history and – hopefully – bend it towards justice.[5] Constant and any other in absentia Raboteau defendants who have returned to Haiti, regardless of position, should be arrested and brought to justice. To do otherwise is not only contrary to the rule of law but would also betray the Raboteau promise of Haitian justice that is fair and independent.

2019

May 2019

Haiti at a Crossroads: An Analysis of the Drivers Behind Haiti’s Political Crisis

 Haiti is in the midst of an escalating political crisis that has repeatedly paralyzed the nation. This report seeks to put the current crisis in Haiti into context by explaining the short-, medium-and long-term factors driving the unrest.

2018

April 2018

Submission to the International Development Committee: Inquiry on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the Aid Industry

Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti partners with Doughty Street Chambers and Disaster Law Project on a submission to the UK International Development Committee (IDC) addressing the IDC’s examination of the measures necessary to establish effective safeguarding policies and processes. This submission also calls for deeper oversight, including a “next-level” review – an independent, external sector-wide inquiry – to be conducted outside of the auspices of the IDC and the Department for International Development in order to analyze how safeguarding practices are carried out in crisis and emergency settings.

2017

February 2017

UNstoppable: How Advocates Persevered in the Fight for Justice for Haitian Cholera Victims

 IJDH volunteer and former legal fellow Adam Houston outlines outlines the cholera epidemic in Haiti in terms of the advocacy around justice for the victims and our accompanying lawsuit in U.S. courts.

September 2017

The UN’s Liability for Civilian Harms: Lessons from Cholera in Haiti

This article first appeared in the September 2017 issue of the Newsletter of the Human Rights Law Committee of the Public and Professional Interest Division of the International Bar Association (Vol 1, Issue 1), and is reproduced by kind permission of the International Bar Association, London, UK. © International Bar Association.

2014

January 2014

Summary of Findings in Long-Term Assessment of Haitian Government’s 16/6 Housing Plan for Earthquake Victims

A survey conducted by the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) indicates that victims of Haiti’s January 12, 2010 earthquake who received cash rental subsidies under the Haitian government’s 16/6 housing plan face another housing crisis as their aid money runs out. The survey also found that most aid recipients’ standard of living is worse now than before the earthquake.

April 2014

Haitian labor movement struggles as workers face increased anti-union persecution and wage suppression

This report released by Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) describes persecution against union activists, wage suppression and worker exploitation in Haiti’s public sector and apparel industry four years after the January 12, 2010 earthquake.The report also proposes a series of recommendations for the Haitian government, employers, and foreign investors like the United States government, as well as international partners wanting to support Haiti’s labor movement.

2012

September 2012

Freedom of the Press in Haiti: The Chilling Effect on Journalists Critical of the Government

The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and the University of San Francisco publish a report on freedom of the press in Haiti. The report analyzes journalist complaints in light of the freedoms and protections that journalists enjoy under Haitian and international law. The report findings include information gathered in interviews with Haitian and international journalists conducted in June 2012.

2011

January 2011

Our Bodies Are Still Trembling: Haitian Women Continue to Fight Against Rape

MADRE, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the IWHR Clinic of CUNY School of Law release a report on sexual violence in Haiti one year after the earthquake, entitled Our Bodies Are Still Trembling: Haitian Women Continue to Fight Against Rape

July 2011

Fanm Ayisyen Pap Kase: Respecting the Right to Health of Haitian Women and Girls

IJDH Legal Fellow Blaine Blookey writes with Lisa Davis of MADRE on the health and human rights of women in the context of rape and gender-based violence.

2010

November 2010

Reconstructing Democracy: Joint Report of Independent Electoral Monitors of Haiti’s
November 28, 2010 Election

The consistent failure of the Haitian government to respect the laws on constitutional election procedures has been one of the BAI’s major concerns in the establishment of the rule of law in Haiti. Among these concerns are the exclusion of political parties in the legislative elections of 2009 and the presidential and legislative elections of 2010 and 2011, as well as violations of the right to vote of persons displaced since the January 12, 2010 earthquake. The BAI, TransAfrica Forum and the Louisiana Justice Institute submitted this report concerning political rights to the UN Human Rights Council for its Universal Periodic Review of Haiti.