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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 […]

Lancement du « Forum National sur le Civisme et l’Ethique » par BAI et autres

*Click HERE for the English version. BUREAU DES AVOCATS INTERNATIONAUX 3, 2ème rue Lavaud B.P. 19048 Port-au-Prince, Haïti 509 2943 2106 / 07 Fax 2244-7986 Email: avokahaiti@aol.com                                                                            Port-au-Prince, le 02 Décembre 2015 Note de Presse Le Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), dans sa mission première de défendre les droits des plus démunis, les droits inaliénables, imprescriptibles et inhérents à la personne humaine, en particulier ceux des victimes du choléra importé par la MINUSTAH, des Femmes et Filles victimes de viol, d’agressions sexuelles et autres abus de droit,  invite la presse nationale et internationale au lancement du « Forum National sur le Civisme et l’Ethique » le Jeudi 3 décembre 2015 de 830h à 11h a.m, à l’Hôtel le Plaza, 10 rue Capois. Le Forum National sur le Civisme et l’Ethique est une initiative du Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), du Centre […]

BAI’s Mario Joseph Featured Speaker in Carleton Convocation

Mario Joseph has been invited to speak at Carleton College’s convocation on October 23, 2015. This article describes Mario’s journey to becoming “Haiti’s most respected human rights lawyer,” and BAI’s work combining legal strategies with national and international advocacy to empower and support the poor in Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitian human rights attorney to present Carleton convocation Carleton College October 19, 2015 Haitian human rights attorney Mario Joseph will present the weekly Carleton convocation address Friday, Oct. 23 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Joseph’s presentation, which will highlight his work advocating for victims of political violence, is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived for online viewing at go.carleton.edu/convo/. The New York Times has called Joseph Haiti’s “most respected […]

How Law Schools Are Changing Haiti’s System

One of Haiti’s major problems is limited access to justice for the majority of the population, which is poor. Even those who can afford lawyers often don’t understand legal proceedings because they’re conducted in French. Haiti also has a shortage of lawyers due to overwhelming obstacles post-law school. A few Haitian law schools, in partnership with US law clinics and public interest lawyers like at BAI, are fighting to change these norms. A new law clinic opening up in Jeremie will help speed the process even more. Establishing the Rule of Law in a Country Where Justice Hardly Exists Advocates are on a quest to improve the quality of life in Haiti through legal education. Jessica Carew Kraft, The Atlantic April 22, 2015 The president of the Haitian Bar Association, Carlos Hercule, knows that the rule of law in his country […]

UN Accountability Questioned After Criminals Escape Justice

In December, footage was released of UN peacekeepers shooting at unarmed civilians who were protesting the Martelly government. Although the UN claimed the two peacekeepers were under investigation, it seems no progress has been made. Now, accused kidnappers affiliated with President Martelly have been acquitted by an accelerated procedure and the UN remains silent. The article below questions the UN’s lack of participation in these cases. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. On Haiti, UN Does If-Asked on Release of Martelly Cronies, Withholds Report Matthew Russell Lee, Inner City Press April 22, 2015 UNITED NATIONS, April 22 — When cronies of Michel Martelly in Haiti were quickly released on serious charges, the UN in Haiti said nothing. So on April 21 at the UN noon briefing (transcript here) Inner City Press asked UN Spokesman Stephane […]

Friend of Haiti’s President Accused of Running a Kidnapping Ring

A friend of Haitian president, Michel Martelly, was recently accused of leading the Galil Gang, a kidnapping ring which has allegedly abducted 17 businessmen in the last six years for ransom. Woodley Ethéart, a former music promoter in Haiti, was indicted this week. However, the prosecutor overseeing the case opposed the investigation’s findings and recommended that Ethéart be released, despite a 30-page report outlining Ethéart’s role in the kidnapping. Human rights activists argue that this case highlights how prosecutors appear to represent the interests of the administration that appointed them, rather than abiding by the rule of law, which has been an ongoing theme since Martelly took office. Ex-Promoter in Haiti Charged in Kidnapping Ring Andre Paultre and Frances Robles, The New York Times March 18, 2015 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A former music promoter with ties to the Haitian president, Michel Martelly, […]

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