Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

BAI & NLG Debut Haiti’s First Legal Observers at May Day Protests

BAI law thesis candidate Peterson Juillet legal observing in Port-Au-Prince, May 1. Credit: Nicole Phillips On May 1, Haitian public interest law firm Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), sent its first group of trained legal observers to monitor International Workers’ Day (“May Day”) protests in the capital city. BAI launched its Obsèvatwa Libète Piblik (Public Freedoms Observation) program in partnership with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), and National Lawyers Guild (NLG). Haitians have been demonstrating in anti-government protests for months. Police have retaliated with intimidation, violence, and unlawful arrests. In response to these violations of freedom of speech, assembly and due process under the Haitian Constitution and international law, BAI contacted the NLG for support. On Apr. 25, BAI announced their legal observer and protest defense initiative, modeled after the […]

It’s Justice Time in New York: Let’s Laugh and Learn How to Make Justice Happen With the Best Haitian Comedians at Gotham Comedy Club On May 2

By Wadner Pierre This article was originally published by Haiti Liberte.    On May 2nd at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York, Haitian comedians Jean-Louis Cauvin, Tanael Joachim, and Reginal “Reg” Thomas will make you laugh until you cry. But they will also tell you about the work of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), two organizations that have been at the forefront of fighting for justice for victims of Haiti’s cholera epidemic introduced into Haiti by United Nations (UN) soldiers seven years ago. They seek to hold the UN accountable for its inaction in preventing the spread of this deadly disease, which has killed 10,000 Haitians and sickened one million. Tanael Joachim, a native of Haiti, is one of the three comedians performing to support the BAI & the IJDH’s […]

BAI et MOLEGHAF marchent contre le choléra et la MINUSTAH

Ce Mercredi 29 mars 2017 à l’occasion de la commémoration du trentième anniversaire de la constitution haïtienne du 29 mars 1987 les organisations de victimes de choléra, le Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) et le MOLEGHAF, ont parcouru plusieurs rues de la capitale à travers une marche pacifique en présence de deux députés solidaires de leur cause: honorables député Louis Manés et Roger Milien, avant de s’arrêter pendant plus deux heures devant les locaux du parlement haïtien pour demander aux parlementaires d’exiger le pouvoir exécutif à se positionner clairement en faveur du droit à la réparation des victimes du choléra et du départ de la MINUSTAH. Marche contre la MINUSTAH le 29 Mars 2017 à Port-au-Prince Wesly Gedeon, 29 mars 2017 Trouvez la poste originale ici.

Ban Ki-moon’s “half apology” to Haiti

Following the UN Secretary General’s apology to Haiti on December 1st, there have been many critiques of what is being dubbed Ban Ki-moon’s “incomplete apology.” Many condemn the UN’s continued refusal to admit legal responsibility for the introduction of cholera into Haiti, and many more are openly challenging the UN to show its commitment to Haiti by quickly and effectively raising the necessary money for Ban’s plan. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The UN’s Incomplete Apology To Haiti Kim Ives, Haiti Liberte December 8, 2016   United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who will step down at the end of this month, made his most explicit apology yet for the UN’s role and responsibility in Haiti’s cholera epidemic, the world’s worst. However, in his ballyhooed Dec. 1 address to the UN General Assembly, Ban stopped short […]

Paramilitaries Attack a Police Station in Haiti

Before dawn on May 16, a group of paramilitaries attacked the police station in Haiti’s third-largest city, resulting in four deaths and many injuries. An interview with one of the attackers, Théléus, revealed that they were under the command of Guy Philippe, a Senate candidate who helped lead the 2004 coup d’ état and is wanted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for drug trafficking. Théléus said that this attack is part of a larger plan to attack police stations all over Haiti, create havoc, and overthrow the provisional president. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Guy Philippe’s Paramilitaries Launch Deadly Attack Against the Aux Cayes Police Station Yves Pierre-Louis, Haïti Liberté May 18, 2016 In the hours before dawn on Mon., May 16, 2016, heavily armed assailants, dressed in green and camouflage army uniforms, attacked the main […]

IJDH exposes cholera reparations case to appeals court

On March 1st, the New York Appeals court heard IJDH’s case on behalf of the victims of the deadly cholera epidemic brought to Haiti by UN troops. The appeal contested the absolute immunity that was invoked to defend the UN when the case was dismissed at first in January 2015. IJDH staff attorney Beatrice Lindstrom was pleased with regards to the process of the hearing, as the three judges of the appeals court seemed engaged with the argument and posed very pertinent questions regarding UN accountability to the assistant US Attorney Elle Blain, who argued on behalf of the UN. No UN representatives spoke at the hearing. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Appeals Court Hears Arguments on Cholera Reparations Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté March 2, 2016 On Mar. 1, 2016, the U.S. Appeals Court […]

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