Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

2010 Human Rights Report: Haiti (State Department and Haiti)

By. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, State Department and Haiti Haiti is a constitutional republic with a population of approximately 9.9 million. On January 12, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the country, killing an estimated 230,000 persons and directly affecting approximately three million others. The country has a multiparty political system. Presidential and legislative elections occurred on November 28. Allegations of fraud and irregularities raised questions regarding the preliminary tally and prompted the president and the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) to request a review by the Organization of American States. The CEP subsequently announced the final first round results; since none of the candidates received a majority of the vote, a runoff election between the two leading candidates was scheduled for March 2011. Elements of the security forces occasionally acted independently of civilian control. Human rights problems included […]

2004 Human Rights Reports: Haiti

By Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Other Societal Abuses and Discrimination Societal discrimination occurred against persons with HIV/AIDS, particularly women, but educational programs and HIV/AIDS activists attempted to change that stigma. On June 29, a woman and her two children, ages four and five, were thrown out of a hospital in Jacmel after a medical test revealed that all three were HIV-positive. Click HERE to see the original report  

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (extract)

By the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Extract a. Arbitrary and Other Unlawful Deprivation of Life Arbitrary and other unlawful deprivation of life perpetrated by state agents and others continued throughout the year. Members of the HNP continued to commit arbitrary and unlawful killings. In addition, members of illegal armed groups arbitrarily killed citizens. On March 20, five HNP officers arrested five youths from the pro-Aristide neighborhood of La Saline in Port-au-Prince. The families of the five youths, Jean Wesly Etienne, 17, Emmanuel Deronville, 20, Monel Pierre, 23, Pierre Dorceant, and Abel Cherenfant 24, claimed that they were leaders of popular civic organizations that supported Aristide. Human rights organizations claimed they were members of « chimere » groups (thugs) who had participated in crimes together with the police ; and that the police were seeking to silence them. […]

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