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Amnesty International Denounces Slow Proceedings in Investigation Against Duvalier

February 20, 2016 marked the two year anniversary of the re-establishment of accusations of crimes against humanity against former president Duvalier. On this day, Amnesty International published a press release denouncing the slow development of the lawsuit against J-C Duvalier. The report draws attention to the continued delay in the Appeals’ judge investigation against Duvalier, which was started 2 years ago, and it demands that the new interim government ensure the investigation against Duvalier continues. Cliquez ICI pour la version française. Haiti: Move Ahead with Ex-Dictator Case, Don’t Let Political Instability Interfere with Justice Amnesty International February 21, 2016 The current critical political situation in Haiti should not be used as an excuse to deny justice to the victims of human rights violations during the regime of Jean-Claude Duvalier, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, FIDH, and Lawyers Without Borders Canada […]

Speech on Judicial Corruption at UC Hastings Symposium

Mario Joseph spoke at a panel in UC Hastings’ 2-day symposium on professional ethical integrity. 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 […]

Nicole Phillips, A Dedicated Human Rights Advocate

Nicole Phillips, IJDH’s incredible Staff Attorney, was recently featured on a feminist blog which profiles women in human rights law. The post tells the story of how Nicole helped fight for a women’s center on her college campus, and how she ended up at IJDH. It ends with Nicole’s favorite BAI/IJDH program, and advice for students who want to pursue human rights work. Part of the post is below. Click HERE for the full text. Women in Human Rights Law: Nicole Phillips Sarah Winfield, Ms. JD February 18, 2015 In January 2015, Katie Larkin-Wong gave a presentation to UC Hastings’ NWLSO chapter on the power of social media in career development. Fired up by her talk, I immediately resolved to start a column on women in human rights, as that area of the law is my passion. Each month, I’ll interview and profile […]

Raise Your Voice for Justice This Holiday Season

December 15, 2014 Dear Friend, We do not speak. afraid of what might happen to us the air above our tongues prays for us to speak. afraid of what might happen if we don’t The Air Above Our Tongues, By Ruth Forman (from Prayers Like Shoes) Many awards were presented to human rights activists around the world on December 10th, International Human Rights Day. This year, the day reminded me of the two-day retreat I hosted last July for the staff of Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, in the cool mountains high above Port-au-Prince. There in my midst were about two dozen emerging leaders – young, dedicated, brilliant and eager Haitian lawyers, apprentice lawyers and law students – fighting daily for the dignity of their fellow Haitians. I pinned an imaginary medal on each of them, shook their hands and gave each a hug. […]

November 2014 Update

Quick Links: Our Website Donate Now Obama administration to allow thousands of Haitians to legally enter United States The Poor and the Sick: What Cholera and Ebola Have in Common Haitian Reunification fight to continue, activists say Activists and law in Haiti: multi-level human rights campaigns to find justice US judge wavers on UN immunity in Haiti cholera case Foreign Policy in the Time of Cholera Haiti Cholera Victims Get First Hearing in Court Reflections from the Bolt Bus: Cholera, Collaboration and Justice The U.N. Caused Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic. Now the Obama Administration Is Fighting the Victims. UN Human Rights Committee concerned human rights violations in Haiti (press release, French included) Case against Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier continues even after death Haïti – Duvalier : La justice haïtienne doit poursuivre son enquête Other Links: …securing over 80 items of editorial, political, and community […]

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