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Justice pour les enfants haïtiennes abandonné par Les Casques bleus

Le Bureau des avocats internationaux (BAI) a annoncé des recours contre des Casques bleus qui ont abandonné leurs enfants nés de mères haïtiennes. Les mères ont fait appel à ces avocats pour trouver reconnaissance et assistance pour leurs petits, les enfants de Les Casques bleus uruguayens et sri-lankais. L’auteur affirme que, tandis que l’ONU prône le respect des droits de l’enfant à travers une convention internationale, elle prives ces petits de tous leurs droits en les abandonnant à leur sort. Une part de l’article est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. …. Des soldats de la MINUSTAH abandonnent leurs enfants nés de mères haïtiennes Ricardo Lambert, Le Nouvelliste 22 juin 2016 Au nom de la paternité responsable, le Bureau des avocats internationaux (BAI) a annoncé des recours, par-devant la justice haïtienne, contre des Casques bleus uruguayens et sri-lankais qui ont abandonné leurs enfants nés de […]

Attorney Mario Joseph explains to cholera victims the status of their case at a Federal Court of the United States

Bureau des Avocats Internationaux May 31, 2016  This Wednesday, May 25, 2015, attorney Mario Joseph conducted a field trip to the communes of Saut d’Eau and Boucan Carré, to inform victims of cholera on the progress of their case against the United Nations in the 2 nd Circuit Federal Court in New York, including the recent appeals hearing held in the court in March. Mario Joseph is the head of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), and has been representing victims of cholera in Artibonite department since 2010, when the deadly disease was released into Haitian waterways from a United Nations camp. In simple language, Mr. Mario Joseph broke down the process to victims, explaining their role in supporting the arguments in the hearing by demonstrating the relevance of the court’s decision, through their recent campaign to deliver more than 2000 letters to US authorities at the Embassy of the US in Haiti on the […]

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 […]

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