Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Hundreds of United Nations Peacekeepers Get Away with Sexual Exploitation

While the United Nations would say its peacekeepers went to Haiti in 2004 to protect the people, many Haitians would disagree. That is especially true for the children and women who were sexually abused and exploited by UN peacekeepers from that first year, all the way to now, 12 years later. UN peacekeepers have been involved in gang rapes, exchanging food for sex and more with children as young as 9 and often for a few years in a row. Women have been left pregnant by peacekeepers to raise fatherless children on budgets that can’t support the family. According to UN data and interviews, the peacekeepers have been from Bangladesh, Brazil, Jordan, Nigeria, Uruguay and Sri Lanka; and there were likely more countries involved even before the report was compiled. Victims of peacekeepers often don’t report these incidents because they […]

Lettre Ouverte a la Police Nationale d’Haïti sur les droits de manifester | Open Letter to Haitian National Police RE Right to Protest

(The English translation of this letter is below.) BUREAU DES AVOCATS INTERNATIONAUX 3, 2ème rue Lavaud B.P. 19048 Port-au-Prince, Haïti Tel : +5092943-2106/ 07 Email: avokahaiti@aol.com   LETTRE OUVERTE   Port-au-Prince, le 28 Mars 2017 Monsieur Michel-Ange Gédéon Directeur Général de la Police Nationale d’Haïti (PNH) En ses bureaux.-   Monsieur le Directeur Général, Le Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), dans sa mission première de défendre les droits des plus démunis, les droits inaliénables, imprescriptibles et inhérents à la personne humaine, en particulier ceux des victimes du choléra importé par la MINUSTAH, des femmes victimes de viol, d’agression sexuelles et autres abus de droit, prend acte du refus systématique de la Police Nationale d’Haïti (PNH) dont vous êtes son Directeur Général de donner suite aux notifications des organisations de Victimes de choléra, du Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) et du […]

Impunity for UN Peacekeepers Who Rape Women in Haiti

In talking to women around Haiti, Al Jazeera Fault Lines found only one in twelve women who reported being raped by a United Nations peacekeeper. The one woman who filed the report never heard back Neither did BAI’s Mario Joseph, who sent legal notices to the UN last summer regarding paternity claims. Women in Haiti feel that the decades of UN impunity show there is no point in reporting this abuse because they will not get justice. Mario is trying to change that, though child support from UN peacekeepers is a rare occurrence. Al Jazeera English will air this story at 2230 GMT / 2330 WAT on 22 March 2017 and repeat it on 25 March 2017 at 1630 GMT / 1730 WAT / 1830 CAT / 1930 EAT. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. […]

BAI works directly with cholera victims to ensure justice from the UN

After publicly apologizing for the UN’s role in the cholera epidemic in Haiti, actions must now be taken to remedy the injustice. The UN has promised a total of $400 million over two years: $200 million in reparations to the families and communities affected by the deadly outbreak, and $200 million to improve water distribution and sanitation. Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) is committed to seeing the reparations reach their intended beneficiaries. BAI is working directly with victims to provide them with training and organizational skills, so that they understand their options and receive the reparations that they deserve. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article, and read an English translation HERE. Les victimes du choléra se préparent à recevoir l’indemnisation promise par les Nations unies Le Nouvelliste February 22, 2017 Après les excuses publiques de l’ancien secrétaire général des […]

Human Rights Lawyers Call Haitian Electoral Court’s Verification a Lost Opportunity (Français inclus)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Mario Joseph, Av., Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, Mario@ijdh.org + 509-3701-9878 (French, Kreyol) Nicole Phillips, Esq., Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, Nicole@ijdh.org + 001-510-715-2855 (English, French) Human Rights Lawyers Call Haitian Electoral Court’s Verification a Lost Opportunity (PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, January 10, 2017) – The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) are disappointed in the incomplete verification conducted by Haiti’s electoral authorities, which fell far short of the comprehensive inquiry ordered by the National Electoral Challenges Bureau (BCEN).  The verification panel’s January 3rd decision ignored legitimate demands of the process raised by political parties and observer groups, putting at risk the credibility of the recently-announced presidential results. On December 20, the BCEN ordered a review of 12 percent of the tally sheets (1,560 total) from the Vote […]

“Kenbe Fèm” with BAI and IJDH

Dear [[Short_Salutation]], I know that many of you in the U.S. and elsewhere are concerned about the future. We are concerned in Haiti too—the 21st Century has already brought us a coup d’état, manipulated elections, intense political oppression, an earthquake, a cholera epidemic and several deadly hurricanes. Haitians often say “kenbe fem”- “hang in there”, “stand firm”. We use it casually, when friends take leave to face the daily challenges of life here. We use it more seriously, too, to encourage each other to stay strong in the face of particularly weighty challenges. We not only hang in there, but we resist, mobilize and fight back. We successfully reversed the 2004 coup, stopped manipulated elections last January, survived the earthquake and hurricanes, and earlier this month, forced the UN to respond justly to its cholera epidemic.  Our secret to success […]

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