Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Lawyers Urge Investigation to Determine Cause of Plaintiff’s ‘Suspicious’ Death

Nissage Martyr, one of three plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit against the former Haitian mayor Jean Morose Viliena, died one day after filing the lawsuit. The plaintiffs’ lawyers describe the death as “suspicious,” given the timing and Martyr’s apparent health. Martyr suddenly collapsed while watching a football game in Les Irois, Haiti, but little else is known as to the cause. His lawyers urge the Haitian government to immediately investigate and complete an autopsy to determine the cause of Martyr’s death. Additionally, they urge the protection of Martyr’s family and the two remaining plaintiffs in the case. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Lawyers: Death of Haiti plaintiff in US suit ‘suspicious’ David McFadden, Associated Press March 31, 2017 Lawyers in a U.S. lawsuit against the former mayor of a remote Haitian town called Friday for a full investigation into the […]

Cholera in Haiti: The Legal Case Against the UN

Since the devastating cholera outbreak in Haiti, IJDH has filed a lawsuit against the United Nations, asking them to take responsibility for their actions and to provide reparations to victims. The case is built upon the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, which were drafted at the instruction of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights after the international community found glaring gaps in international protection mechanisms. These Guiding Principles recognize the rights of the internally displaced, as many people living in Haiti are classified to be: those who were displaced by the earthquake, drought, or even the cholera epidemic itself. These principles recognized rights such as an adequate standard of living, basic shelter and housing, adequate amount of water, medical care, authorities to prevent diseases, etc. Cholera directly posed a threat to all of these rights, to name only a few. […]

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