Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

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, […]

HRC’s Concluding Observations on Haiti Human Rights

The Human Rights Committee’s concluding observations for Haiti were published on October 30, 2014 with a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Geneva time. This is the final outcome document that brought Mario Joseph and Nicole Phillips to Geneva earlier this month. (Their conference call, along with other Haitian human rights leaders, is available here.) Below are excerpts from the press release pertaining to Haiti.  A press release from IJDH and BAI commending the Committee’s concluding observations is available here. UN Human Rights Committee’s Concluding Observations on: Haiti Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights October 27, 2014 PRESS CONFERENCE –THURSDAY 30 OCTOBER Palais des Nations, Press Room III at 13:30 GENEVA (27 October 2014) – The UN Human Rights Committee will be holding a news conference to discuss the outcome of its 112th session on Thursday 30 October at 13:30 in Press […]

CGRS Hiring Associate Director/Senior Staff Attorney

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies at University of California Hastings College of the Law needs an Associate Director/Senior Staff Attorney. This is a full-time position with benefits and salary is commensurate with experience. The deadline is July 11, 2014. Click HERE for more info.

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