Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

As the UN leaves Haiti, its victims still wait for justice, An Op-Ed by Sandra Wisner

Originally Published on Al Jazeera French Translation Here Op-Ed written by Sandra Wisner, IJDH Bertha Fellow Today, the UN ends its 15-year long peacekeeping presence in Haiti. Ostensibly sent to reinforce security, build rule of law and promote human rights, UN peacekeepers leave a more problematic legacy, marred by human rights violations. Notably, this week’s drawdown comes nine years after peacekeepers sparked one of the deadliest cholera epidemics of modern times in the country. The organisation’s ongoing failure to remedy these harms – not only from cholera, but also peacekeeper sexual abuse and other violence towards civilians – has deeply undermined its legitimacy in Haiti. It also risks crippling the UN’s proposed new 30-member political mission, due to begin tomorrow and charged with promoting political stability and good governance in the context of a growing political stalemate and human rights crisis in Haiti. In June 2004, for the […]

Hearing Before Regional Human Rights Body Leads to Request for Site Visit to Haiti

A summary of IJDH and BAI’s visit to the Inter-American Commission of Human rights for a thematic hearing on the intersection and humanitarian impacts of corruption and social justice in Haiti.  [xxx] xxx Update 9/27/19: Monday, September 23rd at the IAHCR hearing, IJDH and BAI said an accountable response to the massacre in La Saline would include the removal of the senior, government officials implicated. Fednel Monchery (Director General of the Ministry of the Interior) and Richard Duplan (Delegate of the West Department)  were removed from their posts, this week. Also, this week, the Prosecutor responsible for oversight of those cases, Paul Eronce-Villard, who presented for the government of Haiti at Monday’s hearing, resigned from his position. Strikingly, it is reported he resigned “because the government had asked him to systematically repress those who call for both their fundamental rights […]

Accepting Internship Applications for Fall 2019

We are seeking Fall 2019 Interns for the positions listed below. IJDH Fall Development and Communications Internship A semester-long internship for undergraduate and graduate students interested in communications, international human rights, and advocacy. Apply by: August 23, 2019 IJDH Fall Legal Internship A semester-long internship for current 2L, 3L or LLM students with a demonstrated background in human rights, social justice and/or international law. Deadline to apply: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until placements are filled.

Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti Names Franciscka Lucien as New Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Renée Metelus, Communications Coordinator  Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti  T: +1-678-522-1255 E: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti  Names Franciscka Lucien as New Executive Director Boston, MA (July 15, 2019)—Today, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) welcomes Franciscka Lucien as its new Executive Director. Franciscka succeeds Brian Concannon who informed the Board in September 2018 of his intention to step down.  “We are thrilled that Franciscka is taking the helm of IJDH. Franciscka has an impressive track record of improving access to human rights for marginalized communities in Haiti. She brings clear vision, thoughtful leadership, and a deep commitment to centering impoverished communities and their rights to the organization,” said Joia Mukherjee, Chair of the IJDH Board of Directors.  IJDH is a non-profit organization that works to catalyze stability […]

Press Release: Response of EPPLS to the Pelerin 5 Victims

PDF Version Here English Version Here BUREAU DES AVOCATS INTERNATIONAUX 3, 2ème rue Lavaud B.P. 19048 Port-au-Prince, Haïti Tel : +5092943-2106/ 07 Email: Port-au-Prince, mardi 21 mai 2019 Note de presse Nous, Collectif des Victimes du Pèlerin 5, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), Mouvement de Liberté et d’Egalite des Haïtiens pour la Fraternité   (MOLEGHAF), Konbit Ayisyen pou Lojman Altènatif ( KAYLA), Mouvement des Jeunes Solidaire pour une autre Société (MJSS), CONAMAVIDE, OCFEDH, SROD’H, organisations militant pour le respect des droits fondamentaux, la Justice Sociale et la Souveraineté du peuple Haïtien, dénonçons avec la dernière rigueur le manque de transparence et la volonté manifeste de l’administration de Jovenel MOISE pour  diviser le Collectif des Victimes de Pèlerin 5, réunissant les 7 familles pauvres victimes de l’Expulsion Forcée, suivie de Démolition de leurs maisons dans le voisinage de Jovenel Moise à Pèlerin […]

Haiti at a Crossroads: An Analysis of the Drivers Behind Haiti’s Political Crisis

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