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Urgent Action: Women’s Rights Defender Threatened with Death

URGENT ACTION WOMEN’S RIGHTS DEFENDER THREATENED WITH DEATH Sanièce Petit Phat, a Haitian woman, and girls’ rights defender, has reported receiving death threats because of her work on behalf of victims of domestic and sexual violence in the community of Canaan, Haiti. Sanièce Petit Phat is the coordinator of the women’s rights organization Mouvman Fanm Lakay an Aksyon (Women’s Movement in Action, MOFALAK), which operates in the Canaan area on the northern outskirts of Port-au-Prince, a vast land transformed into a new urban settlement following the 2010 earthquake that devastated most of the Haitian capital. The organization is known for denouncing violence against women and girls. In July 2016, Sanièce Petit Phat reported becoming the target of intimidation, including by receiving death threats against her and her family (in particular threatening to kill her two young children), from a neighbour. […]

Amnesty International Demands Protection for Plaintiffs in U.S. Federal Lawsuit

The recent lawsuit against former Haitian mayor Jean Morose Viliena originally included three plaintiffs, who sought justice in the U.S. court system for human rights abuses perpetrated during Viliena’s term in office. However, just one day after filing the lawsuit, plaintiff Nissan Martyr became suddenly ill and died. While authorities have authorized an autopsy, there has been no investigation into the cause of death. His family and lawyers continue to demand a full investigation. The remaining plaintiffs’ lives are at risk. They report death threats and fear they will be killed before getting the opportunity to testify against Viliena. Haitian authorities must immediately provide protection for the plaintiffs and their families and initiate an investigation into Martyr’s death. Part of the report is shown below. Click HERE for the original Urgent Action report. URGENT ACTION – Haiti: Human Rights Defenders’ Lives at Risk Amnesty International […]

The USDA Aims to Provide Sustainable Aid to Haiti

In response to calls against the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s plan to ship tons of peanuts to Haiti, a peanut-producing country, the USDA wrote the letter below. In it, the USDA describes how it has been working to ensure peanut aid programs do not saturate the internal market for native goods. In addition, it also says it is providing support and expert advice to help grow the entire agricultural industry within the nation. Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full text. Letter From the USDA Phil Karsting, USDA – Foreign Agricultural Service The United States is committed to supporting the people of Haiti by helping to create jobs, boost incomes, reduce extreme poverty and ensure greater food security, especially for its most vulnerable citizens. Nearly one-third of Haitian children suffer from chronic malnutrition and stunting, and […]

Amnesty International USA Seeks volunteer Country Specialist for Haiti

Amnesty International USA is seeking a qualified volunteer Country Specialist to help monitor the human rights situation in Haiti and to mobilize action in response to developing needs to promote and protect human rights there. This Country Specialist is part of a corps of volunteer leaders who serve as country experts and strategists for Amnesty International USA.  These specialists serve as a link between Amnesty’s primary research staff based abroad and the members and staff of the US branch of the organization.  Country Specialists develop a solid understanding of Amnesty International’s concerns in the target country, and may be called upon to represent the organization in relevant forums. In collaboration with others, Country Specialists develop action strategies designed to bring about positive change in the human rights situation in the target country.  These strategies may involve rapid responses, media and […]

Amnesty International Denounces Slow Proceedings in Investigation Against Duvalier

February 20, 2016 marked the two year anniversary of the re-establishment of accusations of crimes against humanity against former president Duvalier. On this day, Amnesty International published a press release denouncing the slow development of the lawsuit against J-C Duvalier. The report draws attention to the continued delay in the Appeals’ judge investigation against Duvalier, which was started 2 years ago, and it demands that the new interim government ensure the investigation against Duvalier continues. Cliquez ICI pour la version française. Haiti: Move Ahead with Ex-Dictator Case, Don’t Let Political Instability Interfere with Justice Amnesty International February 21, 2016 The current critical political situation in Haiti should not be used as an excuse to deny justice to the victims of human rights violations during the regime of Jean-Claude Duvalier, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, FIDH, and Lawyers Without Borders Canada […]

Amnesty International Seeks Gender, Sexuality and Identity Programme Director

GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND IDENTITY – PROGRAMME DIRECTOR (1371) Whatever a person’s gender, sexuality, race, religion or any other identity tag, no-one should be discriminated against on the basis of who they are. No one should have their rights violated because of their identity, or because they defend the human rights of others. That’s why we’re committed to ending human rights abuses on the basis of identity, and ending the prejudice and discrimination that fuel such abuses. It’s pioneering work – and it’ll be down to you to lead the way.  About the role In this highly influential role, you’ll shape and develop our strategies, policies, research and advocacy on gender, sexual orientation and other forms of identity-based discrimination – making us the recognised authority on human rights abuses grounded in such discrimination. Doing this successfully means working with people across […]

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