Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

BAI: Haitian Govt. Should Do More to Protect Women from Sexual Harassment  

Sexual harassment inside or outside the workplace is unacceptable. Haitian government must take necessary steps to prevent and eliminate it. The Government of Haiti has the obligation under the Convention of the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to “take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against women in the field of employment.”  As the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) noticed in its 2016 report titled “Gender Issues Facing Women and Girls,” Haiti has no specific laws that prohibit sexual harassment. As a result of that, the victims of sexual harassment are victimized twice. It is time for Haitian lawmakers to act by passing legislations that aim at protecting all women from sexual harassment in the workplace and outside the workplace. According to an article published by the Haitian newspaper, Le National, Haitian women face sexual harassment daily in their workplace, […]

The U.N. Should Stop Ignoring Victims of Sexual Assault and Children Fathered by Peacekeepers

In less than five months the United Nations will wrap up its 13-year controversial peacekeeping mission in Haiti known as MINUSTAH, but failure to take necessary step to remedy the victims of cholera and sexual abuse in Haiti, U.N. can risk tarnishing its global image. The U.N. mission has been marred by a series of scandals. A mission the was supposed to protect human rights in the countries is now responsible for spreading a deadly but preventable disease in the country which is responsible for the death of nearly 10,000 Haitians, and sickened many more thousands. Additionally, its peacekeeping soldiers have sexually abused women, men and children. All those victims from cholera outbreak to sexual abuse and child support. Read  the full article HERE. Haitian women press for recognition from U.N. peacekeeper fathers   Makini Brice, Reuters Jun 1, 2017 For Roseleine Duperval, the United […]

Cholera Victims Call on the U.S. and Other Member States to Fund the UN’s New Approach

The Trump administration will not commit to a U.N. appeal to contribute to the New Approach plan to compensate the victims of a cholera epidemic that has killed more nearly 10,000 Haitians and sickened  800,000 more. The disease was introduced into Haiti more than six years ago by infected U.N. Nepalese peacekeepers. It took U.N.  nearly six years to apologize to the Haitian people. During the public apology, the then- U.N. Secretary General  Ban Ki-mo0n promised to raise $400 million dollars from member states to provide assistance to the victims of cholera. So far the U.N. has collected only about $2.7 million from 7 of the 193 member states. The Trump administration has not contributed a penny to the fund, arguing that the U.S. should not pay for the U.N. irresponsibility.“What happened in Haiti was a travesty, and yet even after the U.N. belatedly […]

DHS’ Six-Month TPS Extension Reflects Haiti’s Current Condition Poorly

Some U.S. lawmakers and  Haitian activists who had called for an extension of at least eighteen months expressed disappointment in the DHS’ announcement. “There’s just no way that in six months the nation of Haiti could absorb 60,000 of its people back,” said Florida Senator Bill Nelson, referring to DHS’s decision. FANM’s executive director Marleine Bastien told the Miami Herald “It’s not a victory to us, and certainly not to the families.” The the six-month extension is nothing than a failure of the U.S. government to recognize that Haiti’s current situation is precarious. More needs to done to ensure that Haitian nationals live a life that they deserve in the United States. We encourage all of you to continue to stand in solidarity with Haiti by urging President Donald Trump to extend Temporary Protected Status for Haiti for at least 18 months. So we need your help to […]

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