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Center for Constitutional Rights Supports Cholera Case Appeal

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) submitted an Amicus Brief in support of IJDH’s cholera case appeal. This brief, in addition to five others submitted by leading law scholars, human rights groups, civil society organizations and former UN officials, argue that the UN should be held accountable for its human rights violations involved in the cholera outbreak. Click HERE for the full article. U.N. Should Not Be Immune from Accountability for Cholera Epidemic in Haiti Baher Azmy, Center for Constitutional Rights June 6, 2015 This week, the Center for Constitutional Rights had the honor of joining two dozen human rights organizations in support of Haitians seeking accountability from the United Nations for its role in causing Haiti’s cholera outbreak after the 2010 earthquake. CCR co-authored an amicus brief on behalf of the groups (including CCR) in support of the Institute […]

Bertha Justice Institute Now Hiring

The Bertha Justice Institute (BJI) at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) needs a new Associate Program Director. CCR  is a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change. CCR’s teaching and training arm, the BJI is dedicated to building the next generation of people’s lawyers through a range of programs including: post-graduate fellowships, internships, regional conferences, international exchanges, national training institutes and movement strategy sessions. The BJI is building a national and international network of legal workers, law students, lawyers, law professors, and activists that believe in using law to build the power of […]

CCR Urges International Scrutiny of Repression and Persecution of Human Rights Attorneys in Haiti

Center for Constitutional Rights  October 5, 2012 Chief Prosecutor Fired Because He Refused to Arrest Human Rights Defender Mario Joseph, 35 Others October 5, 2012, New York – Amid increasing threats against Mario Joseph, a prominent human rights lawyer in Haiti, a recent article in the Miami Herald reported that a Port-au-Prince Chief Prosecutor was fired because he refused to execute an order to arrest Joseph and 35 others considered government opponents. The Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement: We are very alarmed at the news that Haiti’s Minister of Justice ordered the arrest of our esteemed colleague, the committed human rights lawyer Mario Joseph, and the closure of his human rights organization, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux. The Minister’s order appears to be politically-motivated persecution of Joseph and one of his colleagues who have brought corruption complaints […]

Brian Concannon and Mario Joseph at CCR Social Justice Throwdown

IJDH Director Brian Concannon introduces BAI Managing Attorney Mario Joseph, honored by Center for Constitutional Rights on June 6,2012   BAI Managing Attorney Mario Joseph speaks at Center for Constitutional Rights event honoring his social justice work.

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) Social Justice Conference 2012: Principles and Approaches to Community-Based Lawyering.

Brian Concannon at CCR Social Justice Conference Panel Part 1 – Human rights lawyer and activist Brian Concannon Jr. directs the Boston-based Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). The Institute promotes human rights in Haiti by litigating cases in Haitian, U.S. and international courts, documenting human rights violations and training lawyers and grassroots activists in Haiti. IJDH’s current cases include an Inter-American Commission on Human Rights proceeding on behalf of earthquake survivors at risk of illegal eviction, a case against the United Nations for introducing cholera to Haiti, and the prosecution of Jean-Claude Duvalier. Click HERE to See The Video at Youtube Jen Robinson at CCR Social Justice Conference Panel  Part 2 – Jen Robinson is an Australian human rights lawyer and Director of Legal Advocacy at the Bertha Foundation in London. She has acted in numerous free speech […]

Hundreds of Displaced Families Face Violence and Threats of Unlawful Eviction in the Carrefour Neighborhood of Port-au-Prince (Jocelyn Brooks and Greger Calhan, Center for Constitutional Rights)

By. Jocelyn Brooks and Greger Calhan, Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) July 14, 2011 — Standing out amidst the wreckage of a destroyed tent were a child’s stuffed animal and blue toy truck. This rubble pile was not the only make-shift home destroyed in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) known as Camp Centre d’Herbergement de Eric Jean-Baptiste in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  The camp is under increasing, violent pressure to leave the plot of land from a man purporting to own it.  Ironically, the camp is named after this man since people from the neighborhood believe he is the land’s owner. The men prowled through the camp, choosing tents apparently at random, to threaten, slash with sharp weapons, or tear down entirely. No proof, however, of his ownership has ever been presented to the camp residents – a significant fact […]

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