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Human Rights Lawyers Call Haitian Electoral Court’s Verification a Lost Opportunity (Français inclus)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Mario Joseph, Av., Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, Mario@ijdh.org + 509-3701-9878 (French, Kreyol) Nicole Phillips, Esq., Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, Nicole@ijdh.org + 001-510-715-2855 (English, French) Human Rights Lawyers Call Haitian Electoral Court’s Verification a Lost Opportunity (PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, January 10, 2017) – The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) are disappointed in the incomplete verification conducted by Haiti’s electoral authorities, which fell far short of the comprehensive inquiry ordered by the National Electoral Challenges Bureau (BCEN).  The verification panel’s January 3rd decision ignored legitimate demands of the process raised by political parties and observer groups, putting at risk the credibility of the recently-announced presidential results. On December 20, the BCEN ordered a review of 12 percent of the tally sheets (1,560 total) from the Vote […]

Quelques difficultés dans la vérification des élections en Haïti

Le BCEN, qui s’occupe directement de la vérification au Centre de tabulation des votes, a commencé le processus de vérification des 12% des procès-verbaux pour les élections du 20 novembre. Le BCEN a rencontré, cepandant, quelques difficultés et le processus doit être complété bientôt: Le CEP doit publier les resultats définitifs le 29 décembre. Partie de l’article est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Au Centre de tabulation des votes (CTV), la vérification se fait difficilement Robenson Geffrard, Le Nouvelliste 20 decembre 2016 National – Le processus de vérification des procès-verbaux est lancé, hier mardi, au Centre de tabulation des votes (CTV) comme l’avait ordonné le BCEN. Cependant, trouver la méthodologie pour vérifier les 1 560 procès-verbaux, soit 12% et l’appliquer a été l’une des choses les plus difficiles pour les juges électoraux qui ont dû souvent élever la voix et taper […]

Be Part of the Solution for Haiti

Dear Friend, As the holiday celebrations approach, please join the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in celebrating a year of victories for justice in Haiti. Along with our collaborators in Haiti and abroad, we have made historic and sustainable impact in 2016, including: •The United Nations admitted involvement in bringing cholera to Haiti and announced $400 million to fight cholera and support the cholera victims. This is a big step forward—it will save hundreds of lives and alleviate misery for tens of thousands of families. Smaller victories along the way included: •A series of reports from UN Human Rights experts urging the UN to respect the cholera victims’ human right to compensation; •Letters from 160 Members of the U.S. Congress—Democrats and Republicans—calling on the U.S. State Department to seek a […]

As Haitians observe International Human Rights Day, lawyers concerned that low turnout and voter exclusion indicate threats to Haitians’ right to vote

  For Immediate Release Contact: Mario Joseph, Av., Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (in Haïti), mario@ijdh.org +509-3701-9879 (French, Kreyol) Nicole Phillips, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (in US), nicole@ijdh.org +1-510-715-2855 (English, French, Kreyol) As Haitians observe International Human Rights Day, lawyers concerned that low turnout and voter exclusion indicate threats to Haitians’ right to vote (Port-au-Prince, December 10, 2016) – Following the November 28 announcement of preliminary results for Haiti’s presidential elections, human rights lawyers are concerned by the extremely low turnout, and the potentially massive exclusion of voters and allegations of fraud during the vote tabulation process. “Many Haitians faced serious obstacles to voting on November 20,” said Mario Joseph, managing attorney of the Port-au-Prince-based Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI). “Fixing problems that excluded voters from casting their ballots is crucial for the integrity of Haiti’s electoral system,” […]

Questions of Fraud in Haiti’s November 20 Elections

Reports of problems on Haiti’s election fay continue to surface, calling into question the legitimacy of the preliminary results that named Jovenel Moise, protégé of former president Martelly, as the new president. The problems include many voters not finding their names on the lists, voters being told to go even 147 miles from their homes to vote, ballots for other candidates found in the streets, and a nationwide blackout after the polls closed. Thousands of Haitians have been protesting in the streets and the three candidates named second, third and fourth have officially contested the preliminary election results. Three members of the 9-member Electoral Council also refused to sign off on the preliminary results. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Human Rights and Alternative Media Delegation Report on Haiti’s Elections Pierre Labossiere and Margaret […]

Update on Cholera, Hurricane Matthew and Elections from Brian Concannon

This comprehensive interview with IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon covers cholera, Hurricane Matthew and elections in Haiti. Last week, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon finally apologized for the cholera epidemic. Concannon calls this “a very good step in the right direction.” Next, the UN has to make sure that funders really do step up and make the cholera plan happen. Haiti is also still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The government is doing more than it did after the 2010 earthquake and the UN put out a Flash Appeal for funding but not enough has come in. After two months, there’s a major risk of famine and people are still in tents. Though a new president for Haiti has finally been named, many issues remain and the results are being contested by other candidates, and people protesting in […]

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