Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

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 […]

If Haiti’s government does not confront poverty, corruption, more unrest will follow

Brian Concannon, The Miami Herald July 17, 2018 Saturday’s resignation of Haiti’s Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant, along with the suspension of controversial fuel price rises, will bring temporary respite from the latest social unrest in the country. But they will not resolve the problem underlying the protests — the Haitian people’s inability to demand better governance and basic services from its leaders. In a 1962 speech to the Organization of American States, President Kennedy urged the United States and “those who possess wealth and power” in the hemisphere’s less wealthy nations to enact reforms to allow the people of the Americas “to hope for a suitable standard of living.” Kennedy famously warned that. “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” We did not need last week’s images of angry protests and burning cars to know that, […]

IJDH’s Brian Concannon Talks About His Two-Decade Experience as an International Human Rights Lawyer in Haiti

“…our biggest case is the case of the UN cholera. We work with people who were, who got cholera, which is an infectious disease that has killed about 10,000 Haitians and sickened another million. We work with the families of people killed and the people who survived cholera to push the United Nations, which brought cholera to Haiti, to act responsibly. Acting responsibly means providing some help for people who lost a lot in the cholera epidemic.” See the full  transcript below: I’m Brian Concannon. I’m the director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, and my job is a human rights lawyer. And human rights is a pretty broad concept. It can include things like the right to free speech, the right to protest, the right to get together. It can also include the right to clean […]

The Flag of Freedom: IJDH’s Executive Director Addresses Haitian community in Rhode Island On the 215th Anniversary of Haitian Flag

Bonswa! Kouman ou ye? Good evening. Chapo ba– a tip of the hat, to Bernard Georges and New Bridges for Haitian Success for organizing such a wonderful event. On behalf of everyone at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, I would like to congratulate the Haitian Community of Rhode Island, and all Haitians, in Haiti and abroad, on the 215thanniversary of the creation of the Haitian Flag, and on the 214 years of independence that the flag represents. I am a human rights activist, and I believe that along with Haitians, everyone who cares about human rights should celebrate May 18. Because Haitians were the original founders of the Human Rights movement. Haitians were the first to make human rights apply to everyone, to make them universal. The French proclaimed “liberté, egalité, fraternité” 14 years before the Congress […]

Let’s Celebrate Haitian Flag Day with the Haitian Community in Rhode Island on May 18

Join the Haitian community in Rhode Island on May 18that the State House to celebrate Haitian Flag Day as part of the celebration of Haitian Heritage Month. Headlining the event are guest speakers Brian Concannon, the Executive Director of Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and Haitian artist and media personality Charlot Lucien. The speakers will discuss Haiti’s undisputable contribution to global freedom and democracy, including the United States; the fight against President Trump’s disastrous immigration policy that threatens the lives of thousands of Haitians who have been residing in the U.S. for the past eight years or so. When: May 18th at 5:00 PM, Where: Governors Room I, State House, 82 Smith St. Providence, RI.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IJDH and BAI to Present ‘A Stand Up for Justice and Democracy in Haiti’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    PRESS Contact:  Wadner Pierre, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), wadner@ijdh.org, +1(617)-816-2815 (English, French, Haitian-Creole) Ashley Armand, Marketing and Development Specialist, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), ashley@ijdh.org, +1(617) 935-5344 (English, French, Haitian-Creole) IJDH and BAI to Present ‘A Stand Up for Justice and Democracy in Haiti’ Boston, May 1, 2018– The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) will present “A Stand up for Justice and Democracy in Haiti” with Haitian-American comedians Jean-Louis “J-L” Cauvin, Tanael Joachim and Reginal Thomas at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City on May 2, 2018. Our host Vladimir Calixte, known as Haitian V, will be using his talents to bring people who care about justice and democracy in Haiti together to laugh while championing a worthy cause. All proceeds will benefit BAI/IJDH’s advocacy and legal work in Haiti. Joachim, a native of Haiti, who penned a New York Times’ response to President Donald Trump’s criticism […]

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