Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Accepting Internship Applications for Fall 2019

We are seeking Fall 2019 Interns for the positions listed below. IJDH Fall Development and Communications Internship A semester-long internship for undergraduate and graduate students interested in communications, international human rights, and advocacy. Apply by: August 23, 2019 IJDH Fall Legal Internship A semester-long internship for current 2L, 3L or LLM students with a demonstrated background in human rights, social justice and/or international law. Deadline to apply: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until placements are filled.

BAI Call for Independent Investigation in La Saline Massacre

PRESS RELEASE: December 6, 2018 The Bureau of International Lawyers  (BAI) demands a committee of truth and justice to form an independent investigation of the massacre against the impoverished inhabitants of the peoples’ district of La Saline, within the indifference of the “government of the Notary Jean Henry Ceant.” The BAI, in its primary mission to defend the rights of the most deprived citizens – inalienable rights, guaranteed and inherent to human beings, in particular those victims of State terrorism, of cholera imported by MINUSTAH (UN Mission deployed after the 2010 earthquake), of women and girls, victims of rape and sexual assaults – emphatically denounces the irresponsible behaviour of the government of notary Jean Henry Ceant.  The investigation is in regard to the massacres perpetrated against the inhabitants of poor neighborhoods since this government’s  presence in the Prime Minister’s office, particularly the […]

Deklarasyon La Saline: Dwa pou moun viv pa konn kanpe!

PDF Version: Deklarasyon La Saline Mete nan kontèks Sou Desanm 27, 2018, yon jou refleksyon sou evènman dènye san ki te fèt nan La Saline nan Novanm 2018 te pote soti nan Quisqueya Inivèsite, Notre Dame Inivèsite an Ayiti ak rezo a Nasyonal pou defans la nan Dwa. Moun (RNDDH). Aktivite sa a te ale nan plizyè douzèn moun ki soti nan diferan sektè nan lavi nasyonal – defansè dwa moun, avoka, doktè, agwonòm, pastè, prèt, pwofesè inivèsite, elèv, jounalis, ekonomis, aktivis feminis, lidè konpayi, sikològ, sosyològ, elatriye. – te yon opòtinite pou yon lòt fwa ankò, prezante dosye imen an ak materyèl, fè yon analiz legal nan evènman, gade nan sitiyasyon sekirite a nan La Saline, ensistans enpak li sou lavi yo nan fanmi yo ak timoun yo epi reflechi sou yon estrateji pou aksyon kolektif pou pote lavi […]

The Trial is Done: BAI’s Mario Joseph on Ricardo Seitenfus’ Latest Book on Cholera in Haiti

Preface to the book by Ricardo Seitenfus, Les Nations unies et le choléra en Haïti : coupables mais non responsables ? Published on 2018-12-03 | Le Nouvelliste   National –   The collapse of the Haitian state, following the kidnapping and/or the coup d’état on February 29, 2004, led the world’s guardian nations to consider, in the framework of the United Nations (UN), a so-called mission of peace, commonly known as the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The experience is disastrous for the poorest country in the Americas whose entry into the concert of nations is still a case of forceps. In addition to the fact that the stabilization is ultimately a sham, it has sowed in the soil of Haiti a degrading disease caused by the bacterium “Vibrio cholerae.”   The importation of this disease into Haiti […]

Le Procès est Fait: BAI’s Mario Joseph on Ricardo Seitenfus’ Latest Book on Cholera in Haiti

Original article written in Le Nouvelliste on December 3, 2018. English Version here. BAI’s managing attorney, Mario Joseph, is the author of the preface to the latest book by Ricardo Seitenfus, Les Nations unies et le choléra en Haïti : coupables mais non responsables (The UN & Cholera in Haiti: Guilty, but Not Responsible?).  L’effondrement de l’État haïtien, suite au kidnapping et/ou du coup d’État du 29 février 2004, a amené les nations tutrices du monde à envisager dans le cadre de l’Organisation des Nations unies (ONU) une mission dite de paix, communément appelée Mission des Nations unies pour la stabilisation en Haïti (MINUSTAH). L’expérience est désastreuse pour le pays le plus pauvre des Amériques dont l’entrée au concert des nations demeure toujours un cas de forceps. Outre le fait que la stabilisation est au final un trompe-l’œil, elle a […]

Judge Allows Torture Lawsuit to Proceed Against Former Haitian Mayor Turned Boston School-Bus Driver

View in French The Bureau des Avocats Interationaux (BAI) has represented David Boniface, Juders Yseme, and Nissage Martyr (since deceased) in their pursuit for justice against former mayor Jean Morose Viliena in the Haitian court system. Realizing that its clients would not receive a fair trial in Haiti due to corruption, BAI reached out to the Center for Justice & Accountability to pursue legal avenues in the U.S. against Viliena, who resides near Boston. Jean Morose Viliena to Answer for Attacks on Journalists and Human Rights Defenders Boston, Massachusetts, September 4, 2018 – On Friday August 31, the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts ruled that torture, murder, and arson claims can proceed against former Haitian mayor Jean Morose Viliena, a Boston area resident and former school-bus and Uber driver. The lawsuit was filed on March 23, 2017 by the Center […]

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