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Le Procès est Fait: BAI’s Mario Joseph on Ricardo Seitenfus’ Latest Book on Cholera in Haiti

Original article written in Le Nouvelliste on December 3, 2018. English Version here. BAI’s managing attorney, Mario Joseph, is the author of the preface to the latest book by Ricardo Seitenfus, Les Nations unies et le choléra en Haïti : coupables mais non responsables (The UN & Cholera in Haiti: Guilty, but Not Responsible?).  L’effondrement de l’État haïtien, suite au kidnapping et/ou du coup d’État du 29 février 2004, a amené les nations tutrices du monde à envisager dans le cadre de l’Organisation des Nations unies (ONU) une mission dite de paix, communément appelée Mission des Nations unies pour la stabilisation en Haïti (MINUSTAH). L’expérience est désastreuse pour le pays le plus pauvre des Amériques dont l’entrée au concert des nations demeure toujours un cas de forceps. Outre le fait que la stabilisation est au final un trompe-l’œil, elle a […]

July Haiti Justice Update: IJDH and BAI Focus Discussion of Haiti Fuel Increase Protests on Root Causes

Building stability and prosperity in Haiti through justice                                                                                 July 2018 IJDH and BAI Focus Discussion of Haiti Fuel Increase Protests on Root Causes IJDH and BAI influenced the discussion of Haiti’s July 6 civil unrest, in both Haiti and the U.S., to focus on the misery and corruption that left Haitians feeling that provocative demonstrations were the only way they could make their voices heard. BAI’s Managing Director Mario Joseph, in a press release, decried the Haitian government’s willingness to execute the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) unpopular and disastrous economic policy while ignoring the pain and the suffering that the policy will inflict […]

BAI Holds Press Conference with Victims of Pèleren 5 Evictions and Demolitions

View in ENG. Kolektif Viktim Pèleren 5 yo  ap  kontinye denonse ak tout fòs yo zak kraze brize fòs represif  administrasyon Moise-Lafontant an fè kont nou menm, malere ak malerèz, nan pèleren 5,  soti lendi 2 jiyè pou bout mèkredi 4 jiyè 2018 la , an prezans komisè gouvèlman an, mouche Ocnam Clamé Daméus,  sekretè deta sekirite piblik la, mouche Ronsard Saint-Cyr ak pwopriyetè kay mesye Jovenel Moise rete a, mouche Yves Leonard. N ap raple pou laprès, lendi 2 jiyè ki sot pase a, ajan meri komin taba majistra Nice Simon, ki se mandan Yves Leonard, ap dirije a debake nan komin petyonvil pou make sou yon bann kay prive: “DGI à démolir”. Tousuit aprè, nan  madi 3 jiyè ozanviwon 4 trè nan laprè midi,  komisè Ocname Clamé Daméus ak  sekretè deta sekirite piblik la, mouche Ronsard Saint-Cyr anvayi […]

IADL calls on the High Commissioner to speak out publicly on the UN’s lack of a rights-based, victim-centered approach to cholera in Haiti

Oral statement delivered by Micòl Savia, IADL permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, during the Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in Haiti – 38th session of the Human Rights Council 3 July 2018 The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) expresses its deep concern that the UN’s “New Approach” to cholera in Haiti is at great risk of failure due to the organization’s refusal to keep its promise of meaningful consultations with victims, and its apparent unilateral decision to take individual compensation off the table. For six years following the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti, the UN denied responsibility, despite overwhelming scientific evidence—including from the UN’s own experts– that reckless sanitation at a UN Peacekeeper base brought the disease to Haiti. Four UN Special Procedures Mandate Holders took the unprecedented […]

June Haiti Justice Update: U.S. Lawmakers Demand UN Keep Promises to Haiti’s Cholera Victims

Building stability and prosperity in Haiti through justice June 2018 Dear Friend,  U.S. Lawmakers Demand UN Keep Promises to Haiti’s Cholera Victims The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) worked with Rep. Maxine Waters on a bi-partisan letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres signed by over 100 of her colleagues, urging the UN to keep its promises to consult with cholera victims, especially regarding compensation. The Representatives warned “[w]e are concerned that the UN’s 2016 plan – the ‘New Approach to Cholera in Haiti’– to eliminate cholera and provide redress for victims is not meeting victims’ rights and needs, despite the UN’s promises to place victims ‘at the center’ of its work.” A Miami Herald article about the letter cited the IJDH and Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) work on the cholera case. IJDH and BAI sent their own letter about keeping promises to UN Deputy […]

Rape: Small Progress Eclipsed by Enormous Challenges 

This article was originally published in Le Nouvelliste on June 25, 2018  Thanks to the pleas of human rights defense organizations combined with the population’s outrage against the increase of rapes in displacement camps after the earthquake on January 12, 2010, we have seen some progress in taking care of victims. Since then, committees have been created to be in charge of those convicted of rape, exemplary verdicts against those guilty of rape have been pronounced, victims are better informed of their rights. These signs show that some progress has been made in the fight against rape, even if, in certain parts of the country, the violation of victims’ rights is systematically caused by numerous factors: corruption in the heart of the judicial system, the failure or absence of state institutions, and the victims’ ignorance of their own rights.  Following a […]

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