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BAI Call for Independent Investigation in La Saline Massacre

PRESS RELEASE: December 6, 2018 The Bureau of International Lawyers  (BAI) demands a committee of truth and justice to form an independent investigation of the massacre against the impoverished inhabitants of the peoples’ district of La Saline, within the indifference of the “government of the Notary Jean Henry Ceant.” The BAI, in its primary mission to defend the rights of the most deprived citizens – inalienable rights, guaranteed and inherent to human beings, in particular those victims of State terrorism, of cholera imported by MINUSTAH (UN Mission deployed after the 2010 earthquake), of women and girls, victims of rape and sexual assaults – emphatically denounces the irresponsible behaviour of the government of notary Jean Henry Ceant.  The investigation is in regard to the massacres perpetrated against the inhabitants of poor neighborhoods since this government’s  presence in the Prime Minister’s office, particularly the […]

The Trial is Done: BAI’s Mario Joseph on Ricardo Seitenfus’ Latest Book on Cholera in Haiti

Preface to the book by Ricardo Seitenfus, Les Nations unies et le choléra en Haïti : coupables mais non responsables ? Published on 2018-12-03 | Le Nouvelliste   National –   The collapse of the Haitian state, following the kidnapping and/or the coup d’état on February 29, 2004, led the world’s guardian nations to consider, in the framework of the United Nations (UN), a so-called mission of peace, commonly known as the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The experience is disastrous for the poorest country in the Americas whose entry into the concert of nations is still a case of forceps. In addition to the fact that the stabilization is ultimately a sham, it has sowed in the soil of Haiti a degrading disease caused by the bacterium “Vibrio cholerae.”   The importation of this disease into Haiti […]

Le Procès est Fait: BAI’s Mario Joseph on Ricardo Seitenfus’ Latest Book on Cholera in Haiti

Original article written in Le Nouvelliste on December 3, 2018. English Version here. BAI’s managing attorney, Mario Joseph, is the author of the preface to the latest book by Ricardo Seitenfus, Les Nations unies et le choléra en Haïti : coupables mais non responsables (The UN & Cholera in Haiti: Guilty, but Not Responsible?).  L’effondrement de l’État haïtien, suite au kidnapping et/ou du coup d’État du 29 février 2004, a amené les nations tutrices du monde à envisager dans le cadre de l’Organisation des Nations unies (ONU) une mission dite de paix, communément appelée Mission des Nations unies pour la stabilisation en Haïti (MINUSTAH). L’expérience est désastreuse pour le pays le plus pauvre des Amériques dont l’entrée au concert des nations demeure toujours un cas de forceps. Outre le fait que la stabilisation est au final un trompe-l’œil, elle a […]

July Haiti Justice Update: IJDH and BAI Focus Discussion of Haiti Fuel Increase Protests on Root Causes

Building stability and prosperity in Haiti through justice                                                                                 July 2018 IJDH and BAI Focus Discussion of Haiti Fuel Increase Protests on Root Causes IJDH and BAI influenced the discussion of Haiti’s July 6 civil unrest, in both Haiti and the U.S., to focus on the misery and corruption that left Haitians feeling that provocative demonstrations were the only way they could make their voices heard. BAI’s Managing Director Mario Joseph, in a press release, decried the Haitian government’s willingness to execute the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) unpopular and disastrous economic policy while ignoring the pain and the suffering that the policy will inflict […]

Viol : de petits progrès éclipsés par d’énormes défis

English Translation Here Par Jean Pharès Jérôme– cet article a été publié  le quotidien Le Nouvelliste Grâce au plaidoyer des organisations de défense des droits humains combiné aux cris d’alarme de la population contre la multiplication des cas de viol dans les camps de déplacés après le séisme du 12 janvier 2010, on observe de timides progrès dans la prise en charge des victimes. Depuis, des cellules de prise en charge du viol ont été créées ; des verdicts exemplaires contre des coupables de viol ont été prononcés; des victimes sont mieux informées de leurs droits. Des signes qui prouvent quelques progrès dans la lutte contre le viol même si, dans certaines régions du pays, la violation des droits des victimes est systématique à cause de nombreux facteurs, dont la corruption au sein du système judiciaire, la défaillance ou l’absence […]

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 […]

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