Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Steady Progress Against Sexual Violence in Haiti

Below is a brief report from one of our partners in Haiti, KOFAVIV, on the current women’s rights situation. The report describes the decrease in rapes since the 2010 earthquake and the need for continued work on the justice system so that more perpetrators are prosecuted. Making Progress in the Fight Against Gender-based Violence Malya Villard Appolon May 2016 On behalf of KOFAVIV, the Commission of Women Victims helping women Victims, I extend our appreciation to everyone who has helped to provide services to women and girls who have been victims of sexual violence in Haiti. The 2010 earthquake led to significant increase in insecurity and impoverishment in a country already coping with economic hardship and instability. The natural disaster impacted negatively the nation as a whole, where everyone was grieving over the loss of a loved one, their homes, […]

Cholera Victims’ Fight for Justice Reaches Appeals Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kermshlise Picard, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti,; +1-617-652-0876 (Interviews available in English, French & Kreyòl) Cholera Victims’ Fight for Justice Reaches Appeals Court U.S. Court of Appeals reviews UN’s immunity claims (New York City, March 1, 2016)—The U.S. Court of Appeals in New York today considered Georges v. United Nations, the case of the victims of the deadly cholera epidemic brought to Haiti by UN troops. In a promising development, the Court announced on February 25 that it would hold an oral hearing. The hearing will evaluate the cholera victims’ claims that the UN lost its immunity in the case when it refused to fulfill its obligations to provide victims with an alternate mechanism for justice. Brian Concannon, Executive Director for the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), which […]

BAI envoie une lettre ouverte à Gustavo Gallon concernant MINUSTAH

BUREAU DES AVOCATS INTERNATIONAUX 3, 2ème rue Lavaud B.P. 19048 Port-au-Prince, Haiti (509) 2943 2106 / 07, 3701 9879 Email: Lettre ouverte Port-au-Prince, le 21 Février 2016 Monsieur Gustavo Gallón, Expert Indépendant des Nations-Unies sur la Situation des Droits Humains en Haïti Monsieur l’Expert Indépendant, Le Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), dans sa mission de défendre les droits des plus démunis, les droits inaliénables, imprescriptibles et inhérents à la personne humaine, en particulier ceux des victimes du choléra importé par la MINUSTAH, des Femmes et Filles victimes de viol, d’agressions sexuelles et autres abus de droit, prend acte de votre visite en Haïti, du 22 février au 1er mars 2016, dans le cadre d’une mission de suivi de violations des droits humains et du même coup, vous remercie pour votre dernier rapport sur la situation des droits humains en […]

State Department vs. “Will of the Haitian People” in Haiti’s Elections

By Nancy Young IJDH Volunteer February 19, 2016 There were two press conferences the day before the protest on Feb. 18 against foreign interference in Haiti’s elections and democracy. One was held in person at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux in Port-au-Prince, the other by teleconference by the US State Department. At the BAI press conference, Mario Joseph told about 30 Haitian journalists how the foreign occupation of Haiti and the obstruction of a truly inclusive democracy had brought poverty and hunger to the country. David Oxygene of MOLEGHAF, a Haitian pro-democracy group, condemned the “neoliberal transition” and said that because of the foreign occupation of the country, Haiti has a history of slavery and sharecropping, of cholera and coups d’etat. Both Joseph and Oxygene said the foreign interference in their country’s democracy must end and so there would be […]

Fighting for Justice Through Unjust Systems

By Nancy Young IJDH Volunteer February 7, 2016 The Saturday afternoon presentation on the human rights report at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux did not proceed as planned. The plan was for Meena Jagannath to do a training for the representatives from Haitian civil society groups on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). After that, they were to break up into smaller groups to discuss individual topics further. That was the plan. It started off right on schedule. Mario Joseph, managing attorney of the BAI, introduced Meena, who is now with the Community Justice Project in Miami, but had previously worked for the BAI – importantly, at the time the last UPR was done in 2011. The previous day, she had done a similar training with BAI’s lawyers and grassroots groups. Mario put the pressure on Meena immediately by telling Saturday’s […]

Mario Joseph Receives Honorary Degree from Moravian College

MORAVIAN COLLEGE NEWS For Immediate Release Contact Michael Wilson, Public Relations 610-861-1365 • Haitian Human Rights Attorney Mario Joseph to Present Film and Discussion at Moravian College Joseph to receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Moravian College Bethlehem, Pa., January 20, 2016—Moravian College will bestow an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree to Mario Joseph, widely regarded as Haiti’s leading human rights lawyer, on Tuesday, February 9.  Joseph will present a film; “Baseball in the Time of Cholera,” at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium (Haupert Union Building) and lead a discussion along with Brian Concannon, executive director, Institute for Justice & Democracy, Haiti. The honorary degree will be conferred at the conclusion of a program. The public is welcome to attend and admission is free of charge. Joseph has led the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port-au-Prince […]

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