TOWARDS A MORE ACCOUNTABLE HUMANITARIAN SECTOR March 21, 2018 The Oxfam sex abuse scandal in Haiti is just the tip of the iceberg of unaccountable humanitarian action, and demonstrates the urgent need for improved accountability across the humanitarian aid sector. Sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) is prevalent in the aid community: one report found that 23 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Haiti have had a sexual exploitation problem. Like Oxfam, NGOs often do not treat staff SEA as a legal matter or provide remedies to the victims. Legal obligations exist, but NGOs ignore them. As with SEA, other accountability failures create anger and tension with local communities, and undermine humanitarian actors’ effectiveness. These include failures in aid delivery, sustainability of development projects and, in the case of the United Nations in Haiti, immunity that results in impunity for recklessly introducing […]
Le BAI Dénonce la Nomination d’un Ex-Tortionnaire du coup d’état sanglant du 30 septembre 1991 au soi-disant Haut Etat-Major des Forces Armées d’Haïti
BUREAU DES AVOCATS INTERNATIONAUX 3, 2ème rue Lavaud B.P. 19048 Port-au-Prince, Haiti 509 2943 2106 / 07 Fax 2244-7986 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Port-au-Prince, le 14 mars 2018 Le BAI Dénonce la Nomination d’un Ex-Tortionnaire du coup d’état sanglant du 30 septembre 1991 au soi-disant Haut Etat-Major des Forces Armées d’Haïti Dowloand the English version of this press release HERE. Note de Presse Le Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), dans sa mission première de défendre les droits des plus démunis, les droits inaliénables, imprescriptibles et inhérents à la personne humaine, en particulier ceux des victimes du terrorisme d’Etat, du choléra importé par la Mission des Nations Unies […]
For Immediate Release (EMBARGOED UNTIL 3-15-2018) March 14, 2018 What: Press Conference at FANM on Filing of Haiti TPS Lawsuit Who: Lawyers, TPS Recipients, and Community Leaders Time: March 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM Location: FANM, 100 N.E. 84 Street, Miami, Florida , 33138 Contact: Marleine Bastien, Executive Director, FANM, 305 756-8050 Sejal Zota, NIPNLG, (919) 698-5015 Ira Kurzban, (305) 444-0060 Steven Forester, Immigration Policy Coordinator, IJDH, 786 877 6999 Clarel Cyriaque, Esq., 305 797-0141 New Suit Alleges Unlawful Conduct by Trump Administration Officials, Seeks Injunctive Relief to Prevent Deportation of Over 50,000 Haitian TPS Recipients The Administration’s Decision to Terminate Program Exposes Complete Lack of Knowledge of Immigration Law Resulting in Violations of the Administrative Procedure Act, Plaintiffs’ 5th Amendment Rights and Regulatory Flexibility Act A new suit filed this morning in the Eastern District of New York alleges violations of law and the Constitution by Trump administration officials […]
Hello friends! These are trying times. And, laughter is the best form of resistance! Your Team here at IJDH is very excited to announce “A Stand up for Justice and Democracy in Haiti” with Haitian comedians J-L Cauvin , Tanael Joachim and Reg Thomas at Gotham Comedy Club in New York, on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. All proceeds to benefit BAI/IJDH’s advocacy and legal work in Haiti! Spaces are limited and tickets are expected to sell out quickly! Bring your family and friends! Where: Gotham Comedy Club, 208 West 23rd St. Between 7th and 8th Avenues, New York, NY 10011 When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:15 PM) Ticket Price: $30.00 Restrictions: 18 & over Buy your ticket(s) today at: Gotham Comedy! Ann Ri Pou Jistis! Let’s Laugh for Justice!
BAI and IJDH Continue to Fight for the Dignity of the Haitian People in Haiti and in the U.S. Last month, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) joined the Haitian community in the United States and in Haiti in denouncing President Trump‘s disparaging remarks about Haiti, El Salvador, and all African countries. IJDH’s Brian Concannon told a crowd at a rally in Boston that, “President Trump’s remarks about Haiti are false. They are an affront to the dignity of the Haitian people and the American people.” Meanwhile in Haiti, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)’s Managing Attorney Mario Joseph decried the president’s comment while attending a grassroots activist’s protest at the U.S. Embassy in Port-Au-Prince. “On many occasions in the past we have been victims of imperialist countries, particularly the United States,” said Joseph rebuking Trump’s vulgar comments […]
The Oxfam sex abuse scandal demonstrates the urgent need for legal accountability in the humanitarian aid sector
By Sienna Merope-Synge Sienna Merope-Synge is a Staff Attorney at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti This article was originally published by Al Jazeera The backlash against Oxfam continues to grow, but the scandal is just the tip of the iceberg of unaccountable “humanitarian” action in Haiti. In the wake of revelations that its staff solicited prostitutes in post-earthquake Haiti, Oxfam has pointed to an internal investigation that led to senior employees resigning or being fired, and released a new 10-point plan to eradicate sexual abuse. But what is striking is that the charity never treated its staff’s abuses as a legal matter. Let’s be clear: this behaviour wasn’t just unacceptable, it was unlawful. Prostitution is illegal under Haitian law and if minors were involved, this was also statutory rape. The behaviour also constituted illegal child prostitution under […]