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UN Independent Expert Details Human Rights Issues in Haiti

Below is a report from the Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Haiti, Gustavo Gallón. In the report, Gallón highlights five key aspects of human rights in Haiti: social inequality and economic, social and cultural rights; liberty, deprivation of liberty and detention conditions; institutional weakness as it pertains to the rule of law; impunity and violations committed in the past; and humanitarian crises linked to other factors having an impact on human rights. Of note are Gallón’s analysis on the cholera epidemic, the statelessness crisis that has brought countless Haitians and Dominicans to Haiti, and the electoral crisis. Part of the report is below. Click HERE for the full text. February 12, 2016 Report of the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti Note by the Secretariat The Independent Expert on the situation of human […]

Demand Justice for Illegally Detained Haitian in Bahamas

During an immigration raid in the Bahamas, a Haitian national was shot in the back of the neck, allegedly by an immigration official. Though he, Jean Marie Julien, was acquitted of illegal entry into the Bahamas, he remains in a detention center where his lawyers fear he will be tortured and mistreated. The shooting also was never investigated. Amnesty International calls on you to demand justice for Mr. Justilien. Part of the Urgent Action is below. Click HERE for the full document. BAHAMAS: UNLAWFULLY DETAINED MIGRANT AT RISK: JEAN MARIE JUSTILIEN Amnesty International December 4, 2015 Jean Marie Justilien, a Haitian national, was shot in the back of the neck during an immigration raid in June 2015, and detained and charged with illegal entry into the Bahamas. On 2 December he was found not guilty, but was transferred to Carmichael […]

Un Expert Indépendent de l’Onu analyse les droits humains en Haïti

Ci-dessous est partie d’une déclaration par l’Expert Indépendent pour la situation des droits de l’homme en Haïti, M. Gustavo Gallon. Dans le rapport, M. Gallon souligne l’analphabétisme, la détention préventive prolongée, l’absence d’élections, la réparation des violations des droits humains du passé, et les conditions de vie des déplacés internes comme cinq sujets très importants pour les droits humains en Haïti. Ses recommandations comprennent la création d’une commission de vérité et réparation pour les victimes du choléra, et la continuation du procès initié contre Jean-Claude Duvalier après son décès, contre ses consorts. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. CONFERENCE DE PRESSE DE L’EXPERT INDEPENDANT DES NATIONS UNIES SUR LA SITUATION DES DROITS DE L’HOMME EN HAITI MINUSTAH 15 septembre 2015 Permettez-moi de rendre une synthèse des impressions que j’ai eu à l’occasion de cette quatrième visite au pays en tant qu’Expert indépendant sur la situation des droits […]

Pretrial Detention and Corruption in Haiti’s Justice System

Haiti’s justice system struggles with corruption and prolonged pre-trial detention. This article tells the story of a young girl who was illegally put in prison, awaiting for almost a year for a murder she did not commit. In the end, she was released due to the persistence of her attorneys but many aren’t so lucky, especially if they’re poor. In order to truly fix Haiti’s justice system, the root causes of prolonged detentions need to be addressed and nonprofits dealing with the problem need to work with Haitians to solve it. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitian Teen Falls Into Trap of Dysfunctional Justice System Mackenzie Rigg, Youth Today April 23, 2015 When 13-year-old Camesuze Jean Pierre entered the iron gates of the Petionville women’s prison, she feared she would never get out. Crammed […]

Why Haiti’s Justice System Must Be Fixed

The targeting of poor people and political dissidents for arrest and prolonged detention is a major problem in Haiti. The Martelly administration has used these tactics to silence political opponents and limit freedom of speech in Haiti. Widespread corruption means a political prisoner may spend years in prison without a trial. Haiti’s justice system must be reformed so this is no longer possible. Part of the post is below. Click HERE for the full text. Guest post: The Targeted Arrest and Detention of Political Prisoners in Haiti Morenike Fajana & Nicole Phillips, Fair Trials International January 12, 2015 A combination of Haiti’s weak criminal justice system and dismal prison conditions creates a dire situation for Haitians accused of a crime. Haitian prisoners – the majority of which have yet to be charged with a crime – suffer prolonged pre-trial detention in over-crowded, unhygienic, and unsanitary conditions unless […]

BAI Frees Haitian Political Prisoner

The Haitian political prisoner Jean Robert Vincent was freed on December 30, 2014 after 29 months in detention in Haiti. Vincent was arrested on July 27, 2012 while leaving the BAI office in Port-au-Prince. He was accused of conspiracy against the security of the state. BAI has been fighting his case since that time. The day after Vincent’s BAI attorney was able to argue his case in court, he was finally released.

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