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UN Emphasizes Development Cooperation for Water and Sanitation Improvement

        “Development cooperation is key to realizing rights to safe drinking water and sanitation” – UN expert GENEVA (21 March 2016) – Everyone involved in development cooperation is being urged by a UN expert to work together to ensure that the human rights of water and sanitation are available to all people around the world. The appeal comes from the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to water and sanitation,  Léo Heller, on World Water Day (22 March) and aims to shed light on the key role of development cooperation in the realization of the rights to water and sanitation. Mr. Heller says: “development cooperation is a crucial element in the funding of these services in many developing countries and seems to be increasing in accordance with commitments outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”   […]

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 […]

Seven Years after the Earthquake: Haiti in an unprecedented humanitarian, food, and climate crisis

Press Contact: Nicole Phillips, Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) Nicole @ijdh.org (510) 715-2855 Seven Years after the Earthquake: Haiti in an unprecedented humanitarian, food, and climate crisis January 12, 2017 – Washington, DC –  On the seventh anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince, human rights groups, faith-based organizations, policy institutes and humanitarian organizations would like to honor those who lost their lives in the earthquake, as well as those who lost their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Haiti’s vulnerability to natural disasters is the result of human policies, which can be changed. As the election crisis comes to an end, and President-elect Jovenel Moise is set to take office on February 7, 2017, there’s a unique opportunity for sustained change now. January 12, 2010 Earthquake The earthquake […]

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 […]

Human rights lawyers to denounce and investigate death threaths against Pierre Esperance

POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE Contact: Mario Joseph, Av., Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, mario@ijdh.org +509-3701-9878 (français, kreyol) Nicole Phillips, Esq., Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, nicole@ijdh.org +001-510-715-2855 (anglais, français) Des avocats de Droits Humains exhortent le Gouvernement haïtien à dénoncer et à enquêter sur les menaces de mort proférées à l’encontre de Monsieur Pierre ESPERANCE, défenseur des droits humains en Haïti (PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haïti, le 3 janvier 2017) – Le Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) et l’Institute pour la Justice et la Démocratie  en Haïti (IJDH ) exhortent le Gouvernement Haïtien à prendre très au serieux les menaces de mort proférées à l’encontre Monsieur Pierre ESPERANCE, éminent défenseur des Droits Humains et directeur exécutif du Réseau National de Défense des Droits humains (RNDDH). Selon Maitre Mario JOSEPH du Bureau des Avocats Internationaux,  « le Gouvernement a l’obligation de veiller à ce que […]

New State Department Report on Haiti Aid Lacks Transparency, Accountability

US Haiti Aid Reports to Congress Include “Incomplete Data,” Fail to “Link Projects and Outcomes,” New Review Finds State Department Reports Also Fail to Adequately Identify Mistakes and Lessons Learned December 20, 2016 Contact: Dan Beeton, (202) 239-1460 Washington, DC – A new paper from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and the Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) reviews reports released by the US State Department on contracts for Haiti aid and finds significant omissions and deficiencies, including incomplete data, a failure to link projects and outcomes, and a failure to adequately identify mistakes and lessons learned. The State Department reports are intended to comply with the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act, which was signed into law in August 2014. CEPR and HAWG incorporated Haitian civil society feedback in their review of these reports. “The Assessing Progress in […]

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