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Freedom House Report on Haiti Released

Freedom House recently published their 2015 report on Freedom in the World. Below is the overview of the section on Haiti. Haiti’s ratings decreased this year (down 1 point on a 7-point scale) because of the government’s failure to hold elections on time, harassment of human rights defenders and political opponents, and violence against media critical of the current administration. Click HERE for the full report. Freedom in the World 2015 Freedom House August 2015 OVERVIEW:  Legislative and municipal elections due in 2011 and 2013 were delayed for another year in 2014, causing Haiti to descend toward political crisis. As Haitians took to the streets in protest, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe resigned in December at the recommendation of a presidential commission. The double homicide of human rights defender Daniel Dorsainvil and his wife in February and the fruitless police investigation deepened […]

Speech on Judicial Corruption at UC Hastings Symposium

Mario Joseph spoke at a panel in UC Hastings’ 2-day symposium on professional ethical intergrity. Below is a transcript of his speech. UC Hastings Ethical Integrity Conference: Ethical integrity Challenges Facing the Judiciary Around the Globe February 26, 2015 Introduction First, I would like to thank faculty and staff at UC Hastings that helped make this event possible.  Thank you to Hastings Professor Morris Ratner for your assistance in organizing this important panel discussion.  Thank you to Professor Kate Bloch for organizing this conference.  Professor Bloch came to my office, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port-au-Prince last summer and gave a wonderful training to our lawyers and interns on ethical practices. I would like to also thank my fellow distinguished panelists, Professor Fu Hualing and the Honorable Anthony Scirica. It is also a great pleasure to be at […]

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 […]

Questionnaire for States and Civil Society to Assist in the Preparation of the Annual Overview of the Human Rights Situation in the Hemisphere

We are grateful for the opportunity to present our joint submission to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) regarding the human rights situation in Haiti. In it, we focus on lack of accountability for human rights violations by the Haitian National Police and Duvalier regime, as well as threats to human rights defenders, poor prison conditions, and examples of compliance to IACHR precautionary measures for women and girls. Part of the submission text is below. Click HERE for the full text. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Questionnaire for States and Civil Society to Assist in the Preparation of the Annual Overview of the Human Rights Situation in the Hemisphere February 23, 2015 Joint Submission by the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) is a human rights organization based in […]

Amnesty exhorte la protection des droits humains en Haïti

Amnesty International reconnaît l’importance des élections en Haïti, mais l’organisation exhorte également le nouveau Premier ministre de ne pas oublier les droits humains. De le droit de manifester pacifiquement à le droit au logement, Amnesty decrit le situation des droits humains en Haïti. Dans cette lettre, Amnesty rappelle au premier ministre pourquoi la protection de ces droits est particulièrement crucial en ces temps politiques précaires. Partie de la lettre est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour l’originale. Click HERE for the English version. Lettre ouverte à Evans Paul, nouveau Premier ministre d’Haïti : Faites des droits humains la priorité de votre nouveau gouvernement. Erika Guevara Rosas, Amnesty International 2 fevrier 2015 Monsieur le Premier ministre, Amnesty International vous écrit pour mettre en lumière certaines des questions relatives aux droits humains qui, selon notre organisation, doivent être résolues en priorité par votre gouvernement. Nous comprenons que […]

Unsafe Situation for Human Rights Defenders in Haiti

In Haiti, those who stand up for the marginalized are often harassed and become victims themselves. This article features an interview with one such human rights defender, who has been threatened and harassed for his work on housing rights. In the interview, he chronicles many recent cases of human rights defenders being threatened, arrested, or even killed for their work. The more we speak out about these cases, the more we can prevent. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The Attack on Human Rights Defenders in Haiti An Interview with Jackson Doliscar, Part II Beverly Bell, Other Worlds January 28, 2015 Community organizer and rights defender Jackson Doliscar speaks to efforts of the Haitian government to silence advocates of human rights and land and housing rights, (See part I of Doliscar’s interview.) The attacks are part of the […]

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