TOWARDS A MORE ACCOUNTABLE HUMANITARIAN SECTOR March 21, 2018 The Oxfam sex abuse scandal in Haiti is just the tip of the iceberg of unaccountable humanitarian action, and demonstrates the urgent need for improved accountability across the humanitarian aid sector. Sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) is prevalent in the aid community: one report found that 23 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Haiti have had a sexual exploitation problem. Like Oxfam, NGOs often do not treat staff SEA as a legal matter or provide remedies to the victims. Legal obligations exist, but NGOs ignore them. As with SEA, other accountability failures create anger and tension with local communities, and undermine humanitarian actors’ effectiveness. These include failures in aid delivery, sustainability of development projects and, in the case of the United Nations in Haiti, immunity that results in impunity for recklessly introducing cholera. […]
A recent report by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center finds there will be significant economic repercussions within the U.S. if Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is not extended for Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras. Haiti’s TPS designation is the first of the three countries set to expire in July, if DHS does not grant an extension, and 46,558 Haitians currently residing in the U.S. under this status would face deportation. The report shows that allowing Haiti’s TPS to expire would reduce U.S. GDP by $2.8 billion over a decade and cost taxpayers $468 million to enforce the deportations. Below is the Executive Summary of the report. Click HERE for the original report. More calls for TPS extension here. Economic Contributions by Salvadoran, Honduran and Haitian TPS Holders: The Cost to Taxpayers, GDP, and Businesses of Ending TPS Amanda Baran and Jose Magaña-Salgado with Tom K. Wong, Immigrant Legal Resource Center April […]
The recent lawsuit against former Haitian mayor Jean Morose Viliena originally included three plaintiffs, who sought justice in the U.S. court system for human rights abuses perpetrated during Viliena’s term in office. However, just one day after filing the lawsuit, plaintiff Nissan Martyr became suddenly ill and died. While authorities have authorized an autopsy, there has been no investigation into the cause of death. His family and lawyers continue to demand a full investigation. The remaining plaintiffs’ lives are at risk. They report death threats and fear they will be killed before getting the opportunity to testify against Viliena. Haitian authorities must immediately provide protection for the plaintiffs and their families and initiate an investigation into Martyr’s death. Part of the report is shown below. Click HERE for the original Urgent Action report. URGENT ACTION – Haiti: Human Rights Defenders’ Lives at Risk Amnesty International […]
The quarterly stats for the Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP) as of December 31, 2016 are at the link below. They show 3,746 approvals (up from 2,996 the prior quarter), which is the number of approved individuals to whom travel documents have been issued. HFRP began in early 2015 after years of advocacy by IJDH and allies. The idea is to allow Haitians who have been approved for visas to wait for them in the United States with their families, where they can be safer, work, and send remittances back to improve Haiti’s stability. HFRP Data here. Learn more about HFRP.
While instances of sexual exploitation and abuse have been widely documented in the MINUSTAH peacekeeping mission, a new investigative report suggests that the number of formal allegations drastically underrepresents the extent of the crimes; sexual exploitation and abuse in MINUSTAH indicates a systemic problem in both the peacekeeping mission and the UN’s approach to bringing justice to the survivors. UN actions to address issues of sexual exploitation and abuse have been inadequate to affect real change, and have even deterred more people from reporting. This report highlights the preliminary findings from a 27-day investigation by independent investigator Mark Snyder, and strongly urges the UN to launch an immediate and in-depth investigation into the abuses. Click HERE to watch a new Fault Lines documentary entitled “Haiti By Force: UN Sex Abuse.” Part of the introduction to the investigative report is shown below. Click HERE for the full […]
Komite Jistis pou Twa (3) Fanm Soud nan Kabare yo / Justice Committee for the Three (3) Deaf Women in Cabaret
Port-au Prince, le 08 Mars 2017 LETTRE OUVERTE A LA NATION HAITIENNE ET AU MONDE ENTIER A l’approche de 18 mars 2017, date qui marquera le premier anniversaire de l’assassinat des trois (3) femmes sourdes à Cabaret (Sophonie GELIN, Vanessa PREVIL et Monique VINCENT), le 18 mars 2016. Le KOMITE JISTIS POU 3 FANM SOUD KABARE YO tient à exprimer son indignation face au traitement discriminatoire et laxiste des autorités judiciaires, et au mépris inquiétant des instances se donnant pour tâche de défendre les droits des femmes en Haïti, en particulier le Ministère à la Condition Féminine et aux Droits de la Femme, à l’égard de ce dossier. En effet, selon les faits rapportés par le Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains (RNDDH) , dans son rapport publié le 26 Avril 2016, dans l’après-midi du 18 mars 2016 Sophonie […]