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Haitian Civil Society Delegation Travels to Europe

Recently, three representatives from Haitian civil society groups visited Brussels and Paris in order to discuss and explain their viewpoints with regards to the current political and socio-economic conditions in Haiti. Meeting with members of the European Parliament, EU desk officers, staff members of European NGOs, members of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and various journalists, each member the Haitian delegation represented a different sector of Haitian civil society, including environmental, agricultural, and human rights concerns. Although they ran into resistance in their discussions with EU officers in Brussels, the Haitian leaders found the French government and the French NGOs to be very receptive. …. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. First impressions visit Haitian delegation to Brussels and Paris Els Hortensius, Coordination Europe-Haiti July 2016 From Monday through Wednesday June 27 – 29, three […]

Ensure Nepal’s Reconstruction Isn’t Like Haiti’s: Work with Locals

Almost a week after Nepal’s devastating earthquake, people worldwide are looking to see how relief and reconstruction will be handled. Those who remember Haiti’s earthquake 5 years earlier, and the continued failure to rebuild Haiti, are hoping the international community will do a better job in Nepal. This article suggests five ways to make sure Nepal’s post-quake response doesn’t end up like Haiti’s. How not to rebuild Nepal Lessons from Haiti five years after its earthquake Nixon Boumba, The Washington Post April 30, 2015 Last Saturday, I watched with the rest of the world as images emerged in the wake of Nepal’s violent earthquake: the dusty faces of survivors, bloodied bodies, the ruined historic buildings. It reminded me of the devastation I witnessed after the earthquake in my homeland, Haiti, five years ago — and it made me worry about what […]

Plus de 50.000 personnes vivent toujours dans des camps

Après le tremblement de terre en 2010, des millions de personnes ont été déplacées et ont dû vivre dans des camps. Maintenant, plus de 5 ans plus tard, 64,680 personnes vivent toujours dans des camps! Tandis que  les programmes de subvention au logement ont aidé, plusieurs personnes qui ont reçu les subventions ont fini par revenir dans les camps après un certain temps. Haïti a besoin de solutions durables de logement. Partie de l’article est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Haïti – Social : 64,680 personnes vivent toujours dans des camps (mars 2015) HaitiLibre 15 avril 2015 La dernière Matrice de Suivi du Déplacement (DTM) d’Haïti de l’Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations (OIM), allant de juillet 2010 au mois de mars 2015 indique que 16,230 ménages déplacés soit 64,680 Personnes Déplacées Internes (DPI), demeurent toujours dans 66 sites de déplacés ; 59% de ces […]

Why Was USAID’s Haiti Housing Project So Disastrous?

There have been a few articles and reports on how USAID’s housing project in the north of Haiti failed to live up to projections and also cost millions more than planned. This article delves deeper into how that happened, including lack of oversight from USAID, failure to respect quality control measures and mismanagement of the project. The article includes interviews with some of the contractors who mismanaged the funds and built the poorly-constructed, largely dangerous homes. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. How the US Plan to Build Houses for Displaced Haitians Became an Epic Boondoggle Jake Johnston, Vice News March 5, 2015 After the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010, the US government responded with an ambitious plan to build 15,000 new houses in the country. But the ensuing program to put […]

Older Reports on Specific HAIP Issues

Gender-Based Violence | Children’s Rights | Health and Human Rights in Prisons | Housing Rights Gender-Based Violence NY Times Suggests It’s Pointless to Report Rape in Haiti, Ignoring Serious Efforts to Protect Women — December 14, 2012 Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Haiti: Sexual violence against women, including domestic sexual violence — June 8, 2012 Human Rights Watch, “Nobody Remembers Us”: Failure to Protect Women’s and Girls’ Right to Health and Security in Post Earthquake Haiti — August 19, 2011 Violences Faites aux Femmes: Préoccupations (Le Nouvelliste) — September 1, 2010 Text: Testimony on Gender-Based Violence in Haiti by Malya Villard-Apollon Before the UN Human Rights Council (English and French) — June 7, 2010 Les Viols dans les Camps: Lever le Voile du Tabou! (Le Matin) — April 19, 2010 Children’s Rights HAITI: Child Rights References in the Universal Periodic Review — May 30, 2012 […]

Amnesty International’s Annual Report on Haiti

Amnesty International just published their annual report on the human rights situation in Haiti. In it, they describe the ongoing political/electoral crisis, housing issues, gender-based violence, and more. Part of the report is below. Click HERE for the full text. Amnesty International Report 2014/15 Amnesty International February 2015 Republic of Haiti Head of state: Michel Joseph Martelly Head of government: Laurent Salvador Lamothe (resigned on 14 December) More than 80,000 people made homeless by the January 2010 earthquake remained displaced. The authorities failed to establish durable measures to prevent forced evictions. Concerns remained over the overall lack of independence of the justice system. Several human rights defenders were threatened and attacked. BACKGROUND Long-overdue local and legislative elections for a third of seats in the Senate had not taken place by the end of 2014. This was largely due to disagreements […]

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