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BAI Launches Legal Observation Program

Building stability and prosperity in Haiti through justice The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) launched Haiti’s first legal observation program to observe demonstrations on May 1 st known as Obsèvatwa Libète Piblik. The program was developed in partnership with the U.S. National Lawyers Guild, deploys trained lawyers and observers to monitor and report on violations of protestors’ constitutional rights to free speech and free assembly.The BAI launched the program in response to rising reports of illegal activity by police at protests, including illegal arrests of demonstrators and violence. “Public freedoms such as expression and assembly are the base of democracy. The police routinely use unjustified force against peaceful protestors to quell Haitians’ voices,” said Mario Joseph, BAI’s Managing Attorney.The Bureau expects more protests in the coming weeks due to announced price increases for gasoline and electricity. The legal observation program, combined with BAI’s legal […]

BAI & NLG Debut Haiti’s First Legal Observers at May Day Protests

BAI law thesis candidate Peterson Juillet legal observing in Port-Au-Prince, May 1. Credit: Nicole Phillips On May 1, Haitian public interest law firm Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), sent its first group of trained legal observers to monitor International Workers’ Day (“May Day”) protests in the capital city. BAI launched its Obsèvatwa Libète Piblik (Public Freedoms Observation) program in partnership with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), and National Lawyers Guild (NLG). Haitians have been demonstrating in anti-government protests for months. Police have retaliated with intimidation, violence, and unlawful arrests. In response to these violations of freedom of speech, assembly and due process under the Haitian Constitution and international law, BAI contacted the NLG for support. On Apr. 25, BAI announced their legal observer and protest defense initiative, modeled after the […]

The BAI Welcomes the UN’s Victims’ Rights Advocate Meeting with Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Haiti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Mario Joseph, Av., Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), Mario@ijdh.org, +509 3701-9879 (Haïti) (English, French, Kreyòl) Sienna Merope-Synge, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), sienna@ijdh.org, 509 4875-3444; +1 917 864-6901 (English, French, Kreyòl) The BAI Welcomes the UN’s Victims’ Rights Advocate Meeting with Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Haiti, Calls for Broad-Based Reforms and for Victim Assistance A French version of this press release can be found here. Port-au-Prince, April 27, 2018 – The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) welcomes its meeting this week with Jane Connors, the UN Victims’ Rights Advocate, and Lynne Goldberg, senior political affairs officer in the office of the UN Special Coordinator on Improving the UN Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, to discuss UN obligations to the 11 mothers of the 14 abandoned children of UN peacekeepers represented […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The UN and Haiti Government Square Off in Impunity Championship, Haiti’s Poor Pay the Price

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Mario Joseph, Av., Managing Attorney, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), Mario@ijdh.org, +509 3701-9879 (Haïti) (English, French, Kreyòl) Brian Concannon, Esq., Executive Director, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), Brian@ijdh.org, +1 541-263-0029 (Boston, USA) (English, French, Kreyòl) The UN and Haiti Government Square Off in Impunity Championship, Haiti’s Poor Pay the Price See the French version of this Press Release HERE. Port-au-Prince, March 5, 2018 – The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), who represent the victims of cholera imported by the United Nations Mission Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH), urge the Haitian government and the United Nations (UN) to set aside their diplomatic games in order to meet their legal obligations and respect the rights of the Haitian people, especially cholera victims. Attorney Mario Joseph of […]

POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE: L’ONU et L’État Haïtien Jouent la Finale du Championnat de l’Impunité, les Pauvres d’Haïti Paient Les Frais

POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE  Contact PRESSE: Mario Joseph, Av., Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), Mario@ijdh.org, +509 3701-9879 (Haïti) (anglais, français, kreyòl) Brian Concannon, Esq. Institut pour la Justice et la Démocratie en Haïti (IJDH), Brian@ijdh.org, +1 541-263-0029 (Boston, USA) (anglais, français, kreyòl) L’ONU et L’État Haïtien Jouent la Finale du Championnat de l’Impunité, les Pauvres d’Haïti Paient Les Frais  Veillez lire la version farnçaise de cette note de presse ici. Port-au-Prince, le 5 mars, 2018 – Le Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) et l’Institut pour la Justice et la Démocratie en Haïti (IJDH), qui représentent les victimes du choléra importé par la Mission des Nations Unies pour la Stabilisation en Haïti (MINUSTAH), exhortent le gouvernement haïtien et l’Organisation des Nations Unies (ONU) à mettre de côté leurs chantages diplomatiques pour pouvoir répondre aux besoins du peuple haïtien, particulièrement les victimes de […]

POUR DIFFUSION IMMEDIATE: Un an après les excuses de l’ONU, les victimes du choléra appellent au secrétaire général les promesses non tenues

POUR DIFFUSION IMMEDIATE: Contacte:  Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +1-617-652-0876 Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (Port-au-Prince): mario@ijdh.org, +509-3701-9879 Un an après les excuses de l’ONU, les victimes du choléra appellent au secrétaire général les promesses non tenues (Boston, Port-au-Prince, le 1 décembre 2017) – À l’occasion du premier anniversaire de l’excuse historique de l’ONU pour avoir déclenché l’épidémie dévastatrice de choléra en Haïti, les victimes ont appelé au secrétaire général Antonio Guterres de respecter les engagements pris l’année passée pour mettre fin à la transmission du choléra et fournir des remèdes. Les victimes prévoient également de se rassembler pacifiquement à 11 heures devant le siège de l’ONU à Port-au-Prince. Il y a un an aujourd’hui, le secrétaire général sortant, Ban Ki-moon, a demandé publiquement le pardon du peuple Haïtien pour le rôle de l’ONU […]

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