Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

International Community Failed Haiti Reconstruction, Brought Cholera

While billions were pledged to help reconstruct Haiti and provide emergency aid after the 2010 earthquake, it’s still unclear where the money has gone in most cases. What we do know is that many organizations used the vast majority of the money for their own overhead, instead of funding housing and useful medical supplies. Worst of all, the UN brought cholera to Haiti and still denies culpability. Haiti special report: Just where did the money go? Jason O’Brien, February 17, 2014 FROM the roof of the five-star Occidental Oasis hotel in Port-au-Prince – where they are currently adding an outdoor swimming pool – your eyes are immediately drawn to the Jalousie neighbourhood a couple of miles away. It is a breathtaking sight. Greens, pinks, blues, yellows, purples, reds – the thousands of brightly-coloured small houses built into the side of […]

Updates on Haitian Life Four Years Post-Quake

This article briefly tells the stories of four Haitians immediately after the 2010 earthquake and now, in 2014. Haiti – A nation with a cross to bear Jason O’Brien, February 16, 2014 WITH people still trapped under rubble, bodies lining the streets and huge security concerns that saw armed American troops on the streets, the Haitian capital was truly devastated in what the United Nations described as the “most serious humanitarian crisis” in decades. Life would obviously never be the same again. Yet, for those lucky enough to survive, life had to go on – and the stoicism and determination of many in the face of that incredible adversity was widely noted and remarked upon as the world’s media shone its spotlight on Port-au-Prince for weeks.                 But what happened when that spotlight […]

Corruption and Haitian Prisons

Brian Concannon is featured in this article, which discusses the effect of corruption on the Haitian prison system, particularly in prolonged pre-trial detentions and failure to arrest actual criminals. Haiti special report: Corruption means many prisoners wait years for trials Jason O’Brien, February 15, 2014 HAITI ranks 12th on a league table of the most corrupt countries in the world, according to Transparency International. Pre-trial detention rates – with prisoners often waiting years for court appearances – are eye-watering. And whether you get arrested, released, to trial or convicted often comes down to money. “There are lots of reasons why cases aren’t processed,” Brian Concannon, director of the Institute for Justiceand Democracy in Haiti, says. “One of them is just lack of resources, another is the antiquated procedures, but the biggest obstacle is that the high rate of pre-trial detention is […]

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