Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Are self-deportations voluntary when people are stateless?

As the fear of mass deportations continues to loom, thousands of people are taking their belongings and their family members from the Dominican Republic (DR) to Haiti. DR calls these voluntary self-deportations but IJDH Director Brian Concannon says that crossing the border out of fear of violence and loss of possessions makes these deportations involuntary. Professor Ediberto Roman and a Jesuit group also explain how the DR authorities are spreading misinformation about their regularization plan and what DR is currently doing to help those who are now stateless. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Newly Stateless Flee Their Homes in the Dominican Republic Citizenship Deadline Triggers Self-Deportations to Haiti, International Outcry Helena Ball, PanAm Post July 1, 2015 The Dominican Republic’s Department of Migration announced on Tuesday, June 30, that more than 25,000 people had “voluntarily […]

Cholera Plaintiffs and US Attorney Debate UN Immunity

This article provides a great description of the October 2014 hearing on the question of UN immunity in the case of Georges et al. vs. United Nations et al. Staff Attorney Beatrice Lindstrom, arguing on behalf of the plaintiffs, contended that the UN cannot enjoy immunity when it has violated its obligations to provide alternate remedies to the victims. The US attorney, Ellen Blain, argued that the UN enjoys immunity regardless of any violations. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text and video. US Court Hears Pleas for Justice over UN Role in Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic Makini Brice, PanAm Post October 24, 2014 Haitian cholera victims finally had their day in court on Thursday: a hearing at the US District Court in the Southern District of New York on a gray, rainy New York morning. About 50 official observers and other […]

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