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Report: Troubling Weaknesses in Electoral System Overshadow Return of Constitutional Rule in Haiti [Français Inclus]

     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Nicole Phillips, Esq., Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), Nicole@ijdh.org, +001 510 715 2855 (in U.S., speaks English and French) Report: Troubling Weaknesses in Electoral System Overshadow Return of Constitutional Rule in Haiti (PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, February 6, 2017) – On the eve of President-elect Jovenel Moïse’s inauguration, a new report by international legal observers argues that Haiti’s democratic institutions are suffering a profound crisis of confidence. Low turnout, voter disenfranchisement and lingering concerns about fraud raise troubling questions about the breadth of the incoming president’s mandate, according to the report, entitled Haiti’s Unrepresentative Democracy: Disenfranchisement and Disillusionment in the November 20 Elections. The report notes that despite many improvements in security and electoral administration over the 2015 elections, the 21 percent voter turnout represents the lowest participation rate for a […]

Vigilante Justice Used to Bypass a Broken System in Haiti

Vigilante justice is a problem in Haiti but the average citizen often seems either indifferent or approving of these types of lynchings, viewing them as necessity for justice due to the broken justice system. Nicole Phillips, an IJDH Staff Attorney, explains that if the government prioritizes improving the justice system, and if Haitians know how to use the justice system to enforce their rights, this will not be such a problem. UN mission says vigilantes have impunity in Haiti David McFadden, Associated Press, Yahoo! News January 17, 2017 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A report issued Tuesday by the U.N. stabilization mission in Haiti rebukes local authorities for a losing battle against vigilante violence and displaying passivity or even tolerating mobs taking the law into their own hands. The human rights section of the U.N. mission, known by its French acronym Minustah, said […]

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 […]

Nicole Phillips interview with Africa Now: Haiti Beyond Hurricane Matthew

Check out the podcast below for an interview with IJDH’s Nicole Philips with Africa Now. Phillips discusses the Haiti’s history before Hurricane Matthew, including the 2010 earthquake and its aftermath, Haiti today, Haiti’s response to Hurricane Matthew, responsible donations, Haitian elections, and cholera accountability. Africa Now: Haiti Beyond Hurricane Matthew Africa Now October 26, 2016  

Push-back against UN-like organizations after Matthew

After Hurricane Matthew, there has been increased conversation around where people should donate to. Many Haitians have a severe mistrust of the UN after its accidentally introduced cholera in 2010 as well as the Red Cross after a report detailing corruption in donation funds after the earthquake were released earlier this year. IJDH’s Nicole Phillips explains that, post-hurricane, there is a big need for Haiti to shift out of a culture of dependency on international organizations. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Why the United Nations is facing push-back as it tries to help Haiti Zhai Yun Tan, The Christian Science Monitor October 14, 2016   Tensions are high in Haiti after the country was hit by category 4 hurricane Matthew last week, as thousands continue to seek aid amid collapsed homes and infrastructure. The […]

Push-Back Over UN Aid to Haiti after Matthew

Tensions have been rising in Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, as international aid continues to be inadequate.  Nicole Phillips, staff attorney for the IJDH, and others speak on the possibilities for providing worthwhile and timely aid to Haiti after their most recent natural disaster. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full article. Why the United Nations is facing push-back as it tries to help Haiti Zhai Yun Tan, The Christian Science Monitor  October 14, 2016 Tensions are high in Haiti after the country was hit by category 4 hurricane Matthew last week, as thousands continue to seek aid amid collapsed homes and infrastructure. The increased friction has led to reports of United Nations peacekeepers firing at people attempting to ransack truck convoys carrying food. On Thursday, some Haitians protested and barricaded blue-helmeted peacekeepers, claiming a UN truck had […]

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