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IADL Bulletin of U.N. Activities Features Haiti Cholera and Elections

The International Association of Democratic Lawyers included two Haiti updates from IJDH in its latest bulletin – one on cholera, and one on elections. This bulletin covers United Nations activities around the world, in preparation for the November meeting of representatives to the UN. Part of each IJDH update is below. Click HERE for the full bulletin. November 2016 JUSTICE FOR CHOLERA VICTIMS IN HAITI (Report by Shannon Jonsson, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti [IJDH]) In a breakthrough for victims seeking to hold the United Nations (UN) accountable for causing the cholera epidemic in Haiti, the organization has finally acknowledged its role in introducing the disease to Haiti, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently announced a new plan to combat the epidemic and provide material assistance to victims and their families. In his September opening statement to the General […]

New Report: Biased international observers failed Haiti in 2015, neutrality and independence essential for upcoming October elections [Eng+Fr]

       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact:             Nicole Phillips, Esq., National Lawyers Guild Haiti Committee, Nicole@ijdh.org, +001 510 715 2855 (in U.S., speaks English and French)   New Report: Biased international observers failed Haiti in 2015, neutrality and independence essential for upcoming October elections (NEW YORK, September 19, 2016) – As Haiti prepares for presidential and legislative elections on October 9, 2016, a new report by voting rights advocates charges that international observation efforts in previous rounds were a “monumental failure.” Despite clear evidence of fraud, violence and other irregularities during the August 9 and October 25, 2015 elections, international observers hailed the two rounds of voting as a successful exercise of democracy, the report shows. “The failure to uphold international standards for free and fair elections raises serious questions about the objectivity and independence of international observers,” said […]

New Report Details Haiti Election Flaws and Need for Improvement

Though the international community has mostly deemed the October 25 round of elections acceptable, a new report from two international lawyers’ groups says otherwise. The report, from National Lawyers Guild and the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, details the problems observed on October 25, including voter suppression and massive fraud. It also lays out recommendations for restoring Haitian voters’ confidence in the electoral process, which many say can only be remedied by the formation of an independent commission to investigate. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.S. observers: Haiti’s presidential elections deeply flawed Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald November 24, 2015 A team of U.S.-based lawyers who witnessed last month’s Haitian elections say there is mounting evidence showing a clear pattern of systemic fraud, voter confusion and intimidation, and in some areas disenfranchisement. The report paints […]

NLG – IADL Press Release on October 25 Elections Report

Below is a press release from the National Lawyers Guild and International Association of Democratic Lawyers on their new report on Haiti’s October 25 elections. The report highlights issues that the international community has largely overlooked, like fraud and voter suppression. It also includes recommendations for dealing with those issues. Cliquez ICI pour la version française.       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:             Nicole Phillips, Esq., National Lawyers Guild Haiti Committee, Nicole@ijdh.org, +001 510 715 2855 (in U.S., speaks English and French) International observers establish flaws in Haiti’s October 25 vote, call for independent investigation (NEW YORK, November 24, 2015) – A new report by international election observers concludes that Haiti’s October 25, 2015 presidential and legislative elections fell far short of minimum standards for fair elections, and calls for an independent investigation to address widespread allegations of fraud. “Haiti’s […]

NLG – IADL Report on Haiti’s October 25 Elections

The international community praised Haiti’s October 25 round of elections because they were less violent that the August 9th round. Unfortunately, their praise completely overlooked the fraud, voter suppression and other issues that continued from the first round, through the second and the vote tabulation. This report from the National Lawyers Guild and International Association of Democratic Lawyers describes these problems, their significance and what can be done to solve them. Part of the report is below. Click HERE for the full report. Report of the National Lawyers Guild and International Association of Democratic Lawyers Delegation on the October 25, 2015, Presidential and Legislative Elections in Haiti November 2015 Executive Summary: Haitian voters were called to the polls on October 25, 2015 to elect the country’s next President, two-thirds of the Senate, all 119 members of the House of Deputies and all local mayors. […]

IADL Bulletin Focuses on BAI/IJDH Cholera Justice Case

This is a bulletin from The International Association of Democratic Lawyers on United Nations activities from July through mid-October 2015. It includes an update on Haiti that focuses on  justice for the victims of the UN cholera epidemic. Part of the bulletin is below. Click HERE for the full text. IADL United Nations Activities Bulletin – November 2015 Beatrice Lindstrom, International Association of Democratic Lawyers November 2015 Justice for Cholera Victims in Haiti IADL members Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti persist in their fight for justice for the victims of the cholera epidemic in Haiti. Although the epidemic has killed more than 9,000, with more than 751,000 documented infections, the United Nations (UN) still refuses to accept responsibility for introducing the deadly disease, making the need for advocacy all the more urgent. This […]

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