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BAI and IJDH Request Cholera Meeting with New Secretary-General

March 16, 2017 H.E. Secretary-General António Guterres United Nations New York, N.Y. 10017 Dear Mr. Secretary-General, We write to you on behalf of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) to request a meeting to discuss the UN’s New Approach to Cholera in Haiti. As advocates for Haitian cholera victims, we congratulate you on your declared vision of building a culture of accountability in UN peacekeeping and ensuring effective remedies to victims of peacekeeping harms. The New Approach to Cholera in Haiti is a vital opportunity to realize that vision, and to ensure that the rights and dignity of victims are put first throughout the UN’s responses to peacekeeping harms. We are deeply concerned, however, that the current trajectory of fundraising and elaboration of the New Approach is betraying the UN’s promises […]

After Half-Apology for Cholera, UN Still Has Much to Do Towards Justice

Mennonite Central Committee, one of IJDH’s partners in the fight for cholera justice, describes some of the steps that led to then-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s apology to the Haitian people on December 1, 2016. Although such an admission was unprecedented in UN history, it still only represented a half-apology, as Ban failed to mention the UN’s responsibility for bringing the cholera epidemic to Haiti in 2010. The UN also has yet to make good on the new cholera plan that Ban announced the same day as the apology. As Ban himself said that day, “words cannot replace action and material support.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.N. Witness: Half an apology Kati Garrison, Mennonite World Review March 13, 2017 On Dec. 1, the staff of the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office awaited the commencement […]

Komite Jistis pou Twa (3) Fanm Soud nan Kabare yo / Justice Committee for the Three (3) Deaf Women in Cabaret

Port-au Prince, le 08 Mars 2017 LETTRE OUVERTE A LA NATION HAITIENNE ET AU MONDE ENTIER A l’approche de 18 mars 2017, date qui marquera le premier anniversaire de l’assassinat des trois (3) femmes sourdes à Cabaret (Sophonie GELIN, Vanessa PREVIL et Monique VINCENT),  le 18 mars 2016. Le KOMITE JISTIS POU 3 FANM SOUD KABARE YO tient à exprimer son indignation face au traitement discriminatoire et laxiste des autorités judiciaires, et au mépris inquiétant des instances se donnant pour tâche  de défendre les droits des femmes en Haïti, en particulier le Ministère à la Condition Féminine et aux Droits de la Femme, à l’égard de ce dossier. En effet, selon les faits rapportés par le  Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains (RNDDH) , dans son rapport publié le 26 Avril 2016[1], dans l’après-midi du 18 mars 2016  Sophonie […]

Mass Funeral for Haitians Who Died from Deplorable Prison Conditions

This article describes the scene at and context for a mass funeral the Port-au-Prince chief prosecutor put on for people who died at the National Penitentiary. Already known for the worst overcrowding in the world, Haiti’s prisons are facing even more of a hunger and malnutrition crisis lately. The majority of the prisoners have never been seen by a judge, including most of the ones in the mass funeral. Haiti’s government has a responsibility to offer basic services to its prisoners, and the problem of pre-trial detention urgently needs to be addressed. Mass funeral held for 20 Haitians who died in dismal prison David McFadden, ABC News February 21, 2017 Relatives wailed in grief or stared stoically as flowers were placed on 20 caskets at a mass funeral for the latest group of inmates who died miserably in Haiti’s largest prison, […]

Pretrial Detention and Malnutrition in Haiti’s Prisons

Haiti’s prisons are the most crowded in the world, with 454% occupancy. This leads to many kinds of preventable diseases, as well as malnutrition from the strain on resources at the prisons. Malnutrition has become even more of a problem recently, as Haiti faces a food shortage. Many of the inmates have not been before a judge yet: Pretrial detention is a rampant problem in Haiti’s justice system. As IJDH Director Brian Concannon describes, there is not much incentive for this to change because even the families of innocent inmates are roped into paying bribes to get their loved ones out of prison. Part of the article is bellow. Click HERE for the full text. AP Exclusive” Malnutrition killing inmates in Haiti jails David McFadden, The Washington Post February 20, 2017 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Dozens of emaciated men with sunken […]

Vigilante Justice Used to Bypass a Broken System in Haiti

Vigilante justice is a problem in Haiti but the average citizen often seems either indifferent or approving of these types of lynchings, viewing them as necessity for justice due to the broken justice system. Nicole Phillips, an IJDH Staff Attorney, explains that if the government prioritizes improving the justice system, and if Haitians know how to use the justice system to enforce their rights, this will not be such a problem. UN mission says vigilantes have impunity in Haiti David McFadden, Associated Press, Yahoo! News January 17, 2017 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A report issued Tuesday by the U.N. stabilization mission in Haiti rebukes local authorities for a losing battle against vigilante violence and displaying passivity or even tolerating mobs taking the law into their own hands. The human rights section of the U.N. mission, known by its French acronym Minustah, said […]

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