Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Pote Mak Sonje: The Raboteau Trial Documentary

Return to main Raboteau Massacre Accountability page Watch or download film here. “Pote Mak Sonje: the Raboteau Trial” (2003), an award-winning documentary, is a must-see for anyone trying to understand recent events in Haiti. It chronicles the courageous and persistent fight by victims of a 1994 massacre to obtain justice through Haiti’s court system. The Raboteau victims insisted on forcing a justice system that had always served those with guns and money to serve democratic ideals. They rejected violence, knowing that extrajudicial retaliation would only continue the vicious cycle. They bet on democracy continuing, and ensuring that anyone angered by their efforts would be forced to play by the same non-violent rules. In a way the victims won their bet: many of their oppressors were convicted, and the trial was hailed as fair to defendants and victims alike, and one […]

Si M Pa Rele (If I Don’t Cry Out), Final Report of Haiti’s National Commission of Truth and Justice

Si M Pa Rele is a report published by Haiti’s National Commission of Truth and Justice documenting rights violations, special inquiries, repression, and recommendations for justice following the 1991-1994 military dictatorship in Haiti. The Commission included 13 members, 8 temporary collaborators, and 44 Haitian and foreign human rights investigators. The final report draws from over 7,000 interviews with victims and information from human rights organizations across Haiti. PDF Version

Human rights and Rule of Law in Haiti: Key Recent Developments

PDF Version Human Rights and Rule of Law in Haiti: Key Recent Developments February 2020 xxx Haiti faces an increasingly challenging human rights, security and rule of law context. In the five months since the operationalization of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) in October 2019, the population has been threatened by acts of repression and private violence committed with apparent impunity.[1] Threats to the independence and functioning of the justice system are undermining the impartial application and consistent enforcement of laws. xxx Civil liberties have been under risk from acts of violence and repression against protesters by the Haitian National Police (HNP). Amnesty International issued an advisory report on verified evidence of excessive use of force by the HNP against civilians in October 2019,[2] and the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders issued a November […]

Violations of the Right to Effective Remedy: The UN’s Responsibility for Cholera in Haiti

PDF Version Executive Summary In December 2016, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General delivered a landmark public apology for the organization’s role in causing the world’s deadliest cholera epidemic in Haiti. Acknowledging both the suffering in Haiti and the resulting damage to the UN’s reputation, helaunched a “New Approach to Cholera in Haiti.” This $400 million plan was intended to end cholera in Haiti, provide assistance to those most affected, and turn the page on a shameful chapter in UN history. The UN’s responsibility for the cholera outbreak is no longer in dispute. The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) improperly disposed of contaminated fecal waste into a tributary of the Artibonite River in 2010, introducing cholera to the country.(1) The epidemic, now in its tenth year, has killed at least 9,789 people and sickened 819,000.(2) Cholera has caused ongoing harm […]

Now Hiring: IJDH Legal Director

PDF Version Position Title:          Legal Director Date:                            March 23, 2020 Start Date:                 Immediate Location:                   New York, NY Reports to:                Executive Director   Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) is a U.S.-based human rights non-profit organization. Since 2004, IJDH has worked to advance recognition and accountability to human rights in Haiti. IJDH’s legal work has successfully strengthened specific areas of international law, particularly with respect to United Nations accountability, with the hopes of expanding its international accountability work. In partnership with its Haiti-based sister organization Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), IJDH advocates, litigates, builds constituencies, and nurtures networks to create systemic pathways to justice for marginalized communities. xxx Position Overview The Legal Director is part of the leadership team […]

Now Hiring: IJDH Executive Coordinator

PDF Version Available xxx Position Title: Executive Coordinator Start Date: Immediate Location: Boston, MA Reports to: Executive Director xxx Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) is a U.S.-based human rights non-profit organization. Since 2004, IJDH has worked to advance recognition and accountability to human rights in Haiti. In partnership with its Haiti-based sister organization Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), IJDH advocates, litigates, builds constituencies, and nurtures networks to create systemic pathways to justice for marginalized communities. xxx Position Overview IJDH seeks an Executive Coordinator to join our growing team. Reporting to the Executive Director, this position will coordinate key projects and work of the Director and manage the general activities of the office. Key responsibilities include: management of key projects and activities, executive outreach, and office administration. The Executive Coordinator […]

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