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BAI Launches Legal Observation Program

Building stability and prosperity in Haiti through justice The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) launched Haiti’s first legal observation program to observe demonstrations on May 1 st known as Obsèvatwa Libète Piblik. The program was developed in partnership with the U.S. National Lawyers Guild, deploys trained lawyers and observers to monitor and report on violations of protestors’ constitutional rights to free speech and free assembly.The BAI launched the program in response to rising reports of illegal activity by police at protests, including illegal arrests of demonstrators and violence. “Public freedoms such as expression and assembly are the base of democracy. The police routinely use unjustified force against peaceful protestors to quell Haitians’ voices,” said Mario Joseph, BAI’s Managing Attorney.The Bureau expects more protests in the coming weeks due to announced price increases for gasoline and electricity. The legal observation program, combined with BAI’s legal […]

The BAI Welcomes the UN’s Victims’ Rights Advocate Meeting with Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Haiti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Mario Joseph, Av., Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), Mario@ijdh.org, +509 3701-9879 (Haïti) (English, French, Kreyòl) Sienna Merope-Synge, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), sienna@ijdh.org, 509 4875-3444; +1 917 864-6901 (English, French, Kreyòl) The BAI Welcomes the UN’s Victims’ Rights Advocate Meeting with Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Haiti, Calls for Broad-Based Reforms and for Victim Assistance A French version of this press release can be found here. Port-au-Prince, April 27, 2018 – The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) welcomes its meeting this week with Jane Connors, the UN Victims’ Rights Advocate, and Lynne Goldberg, senior political affairs officer in the office of the UN Special Coordinator on Improving the UN Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, to discuss UN obligations to the 11 mothers of the 14 abandoned children of UN peacekeepers represented […]

UN Peacekeeper Babies Spark Outrage

There have been many cases of UN Peacekeepers fathering children with Haitian women during their time stationed in the country. However, when they leave, they do not provide any type of child support, making the women responsible for raising the child alone. Recent charges have been brought up against 2 Quebec police officers who face charges of sexual misconduct for their actions in Haiti. To evade disciplinary hearings, the two officers retired days before the hearings were supposed to start. BAI lawyer Mario Joseph is representing 9 Haitian women who had children with peacekeepers . He says that countries need to have a legal framework to ensure that peacekeepers face justice for their actions. Click HERE for the full article. — Top Haitian human rights lawyer slams UN over sexual misconduct allegations Benjamin Shingler, CBC News  August 12th, 2016 The case of […]

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