Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haitian Diaspora Advocacy for Cholera Justice Grows

That Haitian diaspora has the potential to be a strong force in the cholera justice movement, particularly because it is strongest in countries that have major influence on the United Nations–the United States, Canada, and France. The renewed calls for cholera justice were reinforced this week by Haitian cholera victims’ delivery of over 2000 letters to the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. For the first time, several governments have also called for justice. If all of these groups continue to come together for cholera justice, the UN will have no choice but to be accountable. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Moving Closer to Justice for the Victims of Cholera in Haiti Beatrice Lindstrom, Boston Haitian Reporter May 12, 2016 Men Anpil, Chay Pa Lou Haitian cholera victims and diaspora leaders abroad are turning up the […]

How Foreign Interference is Prolonging Haiti’s Political Crisis

All around the Haitian community–including members of the diaspora, Haitian political candidates, Haiti’s Chamber of Commerce and people who care about Haiti–the consensus is that Haiti’s elections cannot proceed as they are going. President Martelly, his presidential candidate, and the international community, however, still continue to push for a January 24 election date. Haitians have taken to the streets daily to demand democratic, Haitian-led elections. Members of the international community are realizing the gravity of the situation. But will they listen? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s election crisis: How did we get to this point? Nikolas Barry-Shaw, Boston Haitian Reporter January 20, 2016 As this Sunday’s elections approach, Haiti is in the throes of a full-blown political crisis. Many Haitians are in open revolt against the electoral process, while the credibility of the […]

Rep. Clark Requests Briefing on Serious Elections Crisis in Haiti

Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting a briefing on Haiti’s elections. In her letter to Kerry, Clark emphasized her and her constituents’ concern about the elections lacking legitimacy, especially with only one candidate agreeing to run. Clark urges Kerry to “make every effort” to support democratic elections in Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. US Rep Clark: Electoral ‘crisis’ serious; wants briefing from Secretary Kerry Bill Forry, Boston Haitian Reporter January 19, 2016 A member of the Massachusetts congressional delegation is “deeply concerned” about the developing electoral crisis in Haiti and wants assurances from Secretary of State John Kerry that he will “make every effort possible” to support free and fair elections. The letter from US Rep. Katherine M. Clark— dated Jan. 19— comes just days before a scheduled […]

Frustration on all sides regarding voter fraud favoring Martelly’s pick

IJDH’s Executive Director Brian Concannon talks about how President Martelly’s plan to hold to power so far is working. Further review of recent elections shows that there has been a high level of voter fraud in the Haitian elections to keep the incumbent in power through his successor, Jovenel Moise. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the text. Election crisis brings us to a dangerous crossroads Brian Concannon, Boston Haitian Reporter December 11, 2015 Haiti’s President, Michel Martelly, is reaching a crossroads with his relationship with Haitians at home and in the diaspora, as well as with the United States government. As the evidence of fraud and other irregularities in Haiti’s elections mount, Haitians are taking to the streets, the airwaves, the pulpit and the internet to insist on the elections that Haitian voters deserve. The United States government […]

BAI/IJDH Delegation Monitors DR-Haiti Border

IJDH legal intern Rodline Louijeune writes about her experiences monitoring the Haiti-Dominican Republic border, where she witnessed hundreds of people crossing between the towns of Comendador, Dominican Republic and Belladère, Haiti. Louijeune notes that  the majority of departures from the DR were not voluntary and numbers may be drastically underreported. Louijeune was one of nine human rights lawyers and law students to visit the border as a delegation from IJDH and Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI). Click HERE for the full article. What We Saw: Delegation reports back after visit to DR-Haiti border Rodline Louijeune, Boston Haitian Reporter July 8, 2015 Human Rights Delegation Encounters Hundreds Fleeing the Dominican Republic into Haiti in Harrowing Conditions In 2013, decision 168-13 by the Dominican Constitutional Court set in motion a series of events that have led to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in […]

Boston Politicians and Leaders Denounce DR Deportations

June 30, 2015, Massachusetts Senator Linda Dorcena Forry held a press conference on the State House steps to denounce the potential mass deportations from the Dominican Republic (DR). Senator Forry and several other political and community leaders expressed their disapproval of DR’s handling of the situation and their solidarity with the Haitian and Dominican communities. IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon was also asked to speak, and this article includes a great quote from one of our legal fellows, Wesley Lainé. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Coalition decries ‘humanitarian crisis’; calls for tourism boycott of DR Charlie Dorf, Boston Haitian Reporter July 1, 2015 Warning of a worsening humanitarian crisis, Haitian and Dominican community leaders in Boston joined forces with a multi-ethnic coalition of immigration advocates yesterday on the steps of the Massachusetts State House […]

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