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Haiti: Senate votes to Ban Same Sex Marriage But The Chamber Of  The Deputies And The President Has The Final Say

The Haitian senate passed a bill banning same sex marriage and any form of public displays of affection or support for/in the LGBT community. This bill allows for further marginalization and mistreatment of the LGBT community by stripping them of their rights to protest over their treatment. The senators used the Article 3 of Haiti’s Constitution to back up their vote. The bill will soon go to the Chamber of the Deputies and is expected to pass. Although, if the both chambers pass the bill, it will not become law of the land until President Jovenel Moïse signs and publishes it in the country’s official Journal, Le Moniteur. Read the full article HERE. Haiti Senate votes to ban gay marriage Agence France Press, republished by Indian Express, August 3, 2017 Haiti’s constitution established a secular republic but the country is marked by deep […]

Haiti’s Senate Bill Discriminates Against LGBTQ Community

In June, a bill was adopted by the Haitian Senate which not only violates the Haitian Constitution, it also further marginalizes and discriminates against the LGBTQ community. Consensual homosexual relationships in Haiti have been legal since 1986, yet due to religious culture, the subject remains taboo. Mario Joseph, Managing Attorney at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), urged the Haitian government to protect the rights and dignity of Haitian LGBTQ individuals. “The Haitian government must respect its obligation to protect disadvantaged populations instead of persecuting them,” said Joseph. Read Full Article HERE Haiti Senate Bill Discriminates Against LGBTQ Community, Human Rights Org Says The Haitian Times A recent bill adopted by the Haitian Senate last month discriminates against the LGBTQ community and violates the Haitian constitution, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) said in a recent release. The Bill on the Reputation and Assessment of Good and Moral […]

Submission on LBT Rights for the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

MADRE, a group that demands rights, resources and results for women worldwide, and has collaboarated with BAI on rape accountability, submitted this report on human rights violations committed against LBT persons in Haiti. The submission was made in collaboration with FASCDIS, SEROvie, MADRE, IGLHRC and CUNY Law School and submitted to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. June 15, 2015 Attention: CEDAW Secretariat OHCHR – Palais Wilson 52, rue de Paquis CH – 1201 Geneva 10 Switzerland Sent via email to Re: Submission to the Pre-Sessional working group of the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women for the adoption of list of issues for the Government of Haiti 63rd Session (27-31 July 2015) This letter is submitted to you by Femmes en Action Contre la Stigmatisation et la Discrimination Sexuelle (FACSDIS); SEROvie; the International Gay and Lesbian […]

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 […]

CGRS hiring Development & Communications Director

Classification: Level 4 / Class Code 6111 / Full Time / Exempt / Benefited Hiring Salary Range: (commensurate with qualifications) RESPONSIBILITIES Typical duties and responsibilities consist of, but are not limited to, the following: Draft letters of inquiry, grant proposals, and other solicitation materials to foundations; prepare reports to funders; draft acknowledgement letters; Oversee and assist the office manager with the preparation of budgets and financial reports; Identify and research new grant opportunities (prospecting) from a broad range of funding sources, including government agencies; Set appointments for the Director with foundation officers, individual donors and prospects and prepare materials for these meetings; Work with the staff and Board to manage law firm giving campaign; Research individual donor prospects and their capability to give; provide the Director and Board members with necessary background and materials for personal solicitations to prospective supporters; Research […]

UN Human Rights Committee Concerned about Haiti

(Francais çi dessous) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Mario Joseph, Av., Managing Attorney, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI),, +011 509 2943 2106/07 (in Haiti, speaks French and Creole) Nicole Phillips, Esq., Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH),, +1 510 715 2855 (in U.S., speaks English and French) UN Human Rights Committee concerned by overdue elections, lack of judicial independence, threats against human rights defenders, and forced evictions in Haiti (Geneva, October 30, 2014)—The UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva released concluding observations today to the Government of Haiti expressing concern for the lack of judicial independence, long-overdue elections (since 2011), an increase in firearm deaths by police officers, and threats and intimidation to human rights defenders, journalists and political opponents. Mario Joseph, Managing Attorney of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, […]

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