Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Plurrify podcast interview with Brian Concannon

Earlier this week Brian Concannon gave a podcast interview with Mathias Antonsson, CEO and Founder of Plurrify. Concannon discusses IJDH’s various projects in Haiti, including cholera accountability, fair elections, women’s rights, lawyer training, and the Duvalier prosecution. Concannon also details his personal story, and how a native Bostonian became a prominent and active fighter for Haitian rights. Plurrify October 11, 2016   Click HERE for the post on Plurrify’s site.

Podcast: Meet the man who’s suing the United Nations for bringing cholera to Haiti

Ansel Herz, Humanosphere June 28, 2013 Haiti is ground zero for the humanitarian aid system. An influx of international aid agencies dates back decades; today, there are more NGOs per capita in Haiti than in any other country, except possibly India. Then why did a virulent cholera epidemic break out after the earthquake? Why are over a hundred thousand Haitians who lost their homes in the temblor still homeless? The answer to the first question might surprise you: the very people sent to Haiti to protect the country – United Nations peacekeepers –  brought the disease with them. That’s according to numerous scientific studies. The disease has killed at least 8,000 Haitians and will afflict many more during the rainy season this year. But the UN has never accepted responsibility for the epidemic. Its cholera health initiative remains woefully underfunded. I took […]

How Human Rights Can Save Haiti… And Other Developing Countries Too

Speaker: Prof. Fran Quigley Author: IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law In January, 2010, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere suffered one of the most devastating earthquakes in modern history. The earthquake’s human and infrastructure toll only added to the Haitian misery caused by vicious hurricanes, grinding poverty, ongoing deforestation, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and a seemingly endless state of political upheaval. For solutions to Haiti’s suffering, the international community typically envisions engineers digging wells, construction workers building Original Source :   Consider a donation to keep us fighting on the front lines for the human rights of Haiti’s poor.  Click here to make a tax-deductible gift.  Stay up to date on our human rights work in Haiti. Click here to sign up for our email list.

Interview on Project Censor on KPFA with Attorney Nicole Phillips

The Morning Mix Project Censored – November 16, 2012 at 8:00am Click to listen (or download)

Forgotten Haiti: Two Years After Cholera Outbreak

BBC is reporting: “A top U.S. cholera specialist, Dr. Daniele Lantagne, said after studying new scientific data that it is now ‘most likely’ the source of the outbreak was a camp for recently-arrived UN soldiers from Nepal — a country where cholera is widespread.” BRIAN CONCANNON, via Nicole Phillips[email],MELINDA MILES [email], [speaks English and Kreyol] Concannon is director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti; Miles is with TransAfrica/Let Haiti Live. Their groups are among a host of organizations that just put out a statement: “On the second anniversary of the outbreak of the cholera epidemic in Haiti, human rights groups, faith-based organizations, policy institutes, and humanitarian organizations renew their call for the United Nations and U.S. government to help Haiti install the clean water and sanitation infrastructure necessary to control the ongoing epidemic. “The cholera epidemic in Haiti has received […]

Podcast: Haiti’s colonial past still burdens ( Featuring Nyan Storey, New Internationalist Blog)

By. New Internationalist Blog,, Featuring Nyan Storey, Jan 27, 2012 Our current issue takes a look at Haiti two years after the 2010 earthquake. Phillip Wearne, author of its leading article, argues that Haiti’s disastrous humanitarian situation– and any solutions that we find to its problems– can only be understood in the context of its fascinating history. He argues that since Haiti’s revolution made it the first free country in the Americas, it has been the victim of a calculated and concerted effort by colonial powers to undermine the economy and impose foreign domination and that this effort continues today and needs to be stopped before any true progress can be made. In part one of this special edition of the Radio NI podcast, Phillip joins Mario Joseph, Haiti’s leading civil and human rights lawyer, and Anne McConnell, coordinator of the Haiti Support Group. They will be […]

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