Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Why Aristide Allegations Always Resurface Before Elections

This article does a great job outlining the current allegations against Aristide and how the Haitian and other foreign governments could use it to undermine elections. Bringing widespread media attention to Aristide’s arrest warrant is a tactic his opponents have used many times in the past, to lower public opinion of Aristide and his party (Fanmi Lavalas) before elections. Haiti’s Fragile Democracy Lauren Carasik, Jurist August 31, 2014 The latest chapter in a long series of preliminary legal actions against Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has generated a series of standoffs. Outside Aristide’s house in the suburb of Tabarre, his supporters have gathered several times in the past weeks to protest announced efforts to arrest him and have usually been dispersed with tear gas by Haitian police and UN soldiers. Inside the Courthouse Judge Lamarre Belizaire insists that the police execute an arrest warrant […]

New York Bar Association Joins Fight for Cholera Justice

The New York Bar Association has joined many others in urging the United Nations to accept responsibility for bringing cholera to Haiti and to provide a method of redress for victims of the epidemic. The UN’s refusal to accept responsibility despite mounds of scientific evidence, 3 lawsuits against it, and UN officials’ demands for justice has reduced its credibility all over the world. The immunity the UN depends on greatly may even be at risk. New York Bar Association Urges US to Push UN to Accept Responsibility for Cholera Epidemic in Haiti Lauren Carasik, Jurist May 10, 2014 Last month, the venerable New York City Bar Association added the voices of its 24,000 local and international members to the mounting pressure on the UN to take responsibility for the cholera epidemic in Haiti that has killed 8,500 people and sickened more than 700,00. Penning a letter […]

UN Must Take Responsibility for Haiti Cholera Outbreak

Maria-Elena kolovos and beatrice Lindstrom, JURIST February 23, 2012 JURIST Guest Columnists Maria-Elena Kolovos and Beatrice Lindstrom of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux say that for the Haitian cholera victims to be properly compensated for their injuries, the UN must respect its own rules and take accountability for its malfeasance instead of attributing the epidemic to “a confluence of circumstances” beyond its control… ——————————————————————————————————————————————— The cholera epidemic in Haiti has exposed an irony in the UN’s laudable commitment to promote universal respect for human rights and justice: victims of the UN’s own wrongdoing are out of luck. The UN’s broad immunity from legal process denies victims their day in court, and in most cases, justice entirely. In November 2011, over 5,000 Haitians filed claims against the UN and the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the UN peacekeeping force in Haiti, seeking damages for MINUSTAH’s introduction of cholera […]

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