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Investigation Continues Into Murder of Three Deaf Haitian Women

In Haiti, people with disabilities are often discriminated against and kept apart from other children while they’re growing up. In a rural community called Leveque, some strides have been made to better serve deaf families, like having the school and church include Haitian sign language in their operations. In March, the murder of three deaf women on their way home rocked this little community. Mario Joseph of BAI is the lead attorney on that case and fighting to get justice for these women’s families. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Triple Murder Shakes Colony Of Deaf People In Rural Haiti Andrez Martinez Casares, One America News Network September 2, 2016 LEVEQUE, Haiti (Reuters) – A triple murder has shaken the village of Leveque in rural Haiti, testing the community and sense of security nurtured by […]

Triple Murder of Deaf Women Spurns Activism

Following the brutal killings, Haitian civil society has come together to demand action. Activists have called for the inclusion of women with disabilities into the national gender equality plan in an attempt to remedy the causes of this event. IJDH Staff Attorney Nicole Phillips is also cited in this article. Click HERE for the original article. Murder of three deaf women in Haiti must be a starting point for change Anna Leach, The Guardian July, 18 2016 On Saturday 11 June government ministers and campaigners attended the funeral of three female street vendors, laid to rest in sturdy white coffins laden with flowers, with more than 2,000 people in attendance. Their brutal murders had shocked a country. Jesula Gelin, a mother of six, Vanessa Previl and Monique Vincent were all deaf and worked in Haiti’s capital. That is itself was notable – they were economically […]

Assassinat de trois sourdes-muettes par des proches d’une des victimes : Le RNDDH exige le jugement des coupables

Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains 26 avril 2016 I. INTRODUCTION Le 18 mars 2016 à Haut Damier, localité dépendante de Cabaret, les corps de trois (3) jeunes femmes mutilées et brûlées ont été retrouvés dans un canal au bord de la route. La population de la zone affirme qu’il s’agit de trois (3) sourdes-muettes qui, accusées d’être des loups-garous, ont été assassinées. Interpellé par cet acte odieux, le Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains (RNDDH), engagé dans la lutte pour le respect des Droits Humains, s’est fait le devoir de diligenter une enquête et se propose de partager avec tous ceux que la question intéresse, les conclusions de ses investigations. II. METHODOLOGIE Dans le cadre de l’enquête qui s’est déroulée du 7 au 19 avril 2016, le RNDDH s’est entretenu avec : -Des autorités judiciaires -Des autorités […]

Triple Murder of Disabled Haitian Women Highlights the Need for Change

People with disabilities are often stigmatized and vulnerable in society, particularly in developing countries. Haiti is no exception and this was recently highlighted by the brutal murders of three deaf women who were walking home together at night. This triple murder has sparked protests and other advocacy from disabled rights groups who are trying to change the perceptions of disabled people in Haiti. Nicole Phillips, an IJDH Staff Attorney who is now working on this case, is quoted in this article. Slaying of 3 deaf women in Haiti highlights vulnerability David McFadden, AP April 25, 2016 LEVEQUE, Haiti (AP) — The three friends had spent the day stocking up on food in the Haitian capital when they left for their village, setting off on the 20-mile trip home by foot because the minibuses known as tap-taps weren’t running after a bridge […]

Murder of 3 Deaf Women Sparks Protests in Haiti

Three deaf women were tortured and brutally murdered while walking home late at night, sparking a huge protest by disability rights groups and their supporters in Haiti’s capital on April 1. Though the wife of one man implicated in this crime tried to make excuses for him, advocates say that violence against disabled women is all too common. According to IJDH’s Nicole Phillips, deaf women are attacked in particular because they can’t scream. Haiti protest demands justice for 3 slain deaf women David McFadden, Yahoo! News April 1, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Hundreds of protesters marched in Haiti’s capital on Friday to demand justice following the brutal killings of three deaf women who were tortured, stoned and left in a gully by attackers. Mickelson Jean, leader of a Haitian association for the deaf, was one of roughly 300 people who […]

Des associations pour les droits des personnes handicapés demandent justice après un assassinat brutal

À la suite de l’assassinat abominable de trois femmes sourdes-muettes, des défenseurs des droits des personnes handicapées déploraient une culture qui ne condamne pas assez la violence et la discrimination envers les personnes handicapées. Le 25 mars 2016, Jésula Germain, Vanessa Previl et Monique Vincent, trois femmes sourdes-muettes, furent toutes trois brutalement assassinées alors qu’elles rentraient du travail. Une marche en leur mémoire est organisée à Port-au-Prince ce vendredi 1er avril. Une partie de l’article est postée ci-dessous. Pour l’article complet cliquez ICI. Assassinat des trois sourdes-muettes: Le secteur des personnes handicapées exige justice et réparations L’assassinat de Jésula Germain (Sophonie), mère de six enfants, Vanessa Prévil et Monique Vincent, vendredi dernier à Cabaret, ne cesse de susciter de l’indignation au sein du secteur des personnes handicapées. Lapidées puis renversées dans un canal d’évacuation d’eau de pluie, le départ de ces […]

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