Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Diskou Me Mario Joseph sou Tribinal Popilè Ayiti Ap Kreye

28 jiyè 2016 Jounen jodi 28 jiyè 2016 la, nap komemore plis pase 100 lane depi ayiti sou okipasyon Etazini. Yon long peryòd okipasyon ki pran plizyè fòm : Okipasyon lanavaz depi 1857, National City Bank fè dappiyanp sou rezèv lò nou 17 desanm 1914, envazyon tout tèritwa peyi a (1915-1934), kolaborasyon ak diktati sanginè Divalye yo pandan 29 lane ( 1957-1986), dominasyon sistematik politik peyi a depi aprè 86, avèk anviwon 30 lane ekonomi  neyoliberal qui kraze prèske tout pwodiksyon Nasyonal nou an e sitou, prezans yon fòs ame Nasyon zini ( Minista) nan peyi a depi 12 lane. Men, nan kontèks komemorasyon santenè okipasyon sa ki vize mete an akizasyon, atravè tribinal popilè sa, pisans enperyalis amerikèn nan pou tout krim li fè pèp Ayisyen an,kòman nou kapab wè angajman Biwo Avoka Entènasyonal yo (BAI), pa rapò ak misyon […]

Doctors Without Borders Supports Sexual Violence Survivors

MEDIA ADVISORY  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Contact: Jessica Brown +1-212-763-5740 MSF MEDIA ADVISORY: HAITI: PHOTOGRAPHER BENEDICTE KURZEN SHEDS LIGHT ON SEXUAL VIOLENCE  Sexual violence in Haiti is a medical emergency, and affects a disproportionate number of children. July 11-15, NOOR photographer Benedicte Kurzen will be sharing the reality of the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) sexual violence clinic in Port-au-Prince directly over MSF’s Instagram. Since opening a year ago, the number of survivors coming to the Pran Men m (Creole for “Take My Hand”) clinic in Port-au-Prince has risen to one hundred per month. More than half of the patients are under 18 years of age. MSF provides medical and psychological care, and other support where necessary. The MSF clinic is part of a broader network of Haitian organizations supporting survivors of sexual violence. Benedicte’s work will further seek to […]

Are budgetary threats the best way to end impunity for peacekeeper sexual violence?

For years and years, incidents of sexual abuse by United Nations peacekeepers have been steadily made public. Even so, the perpetrators have very rarely been held accountable for their crimes. Now that some US Senators have proposed cutting funding until the UN deals with the problem, it seems that the UN might start taking it seriously, especially since the US contributes 28% of the peacekeeping budget. Since withholding UN funding has been successful in the past, this could be a good way for big contributors to hold the UN accountable and change the culture of impunity for sexual violence. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. HERE’S HOW TO END UN PEACEKEEPING’S HISTORY OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE Jeni Whalan, Global Peace Operations Review May 2, 2016 After years of moral outrage and stern official rhetoric, the odious […]

UN impunity for sexual abuse in CAR is indicative of a larger problem

For a few years, allegations of sexual abuse by United Nations peacekeepers around the world have been surfacing. One country where the problem has seemed particularly rampant is the Central African Republic (CAR), particularly as allegations have continually surfaced for the past year. This article discusses one of the most recent cases, in which a peacekeeper tied four girls up and forced them to have sex with a dog. Women and girls from CAR have endured many such gruesome scenarios at the hands of the peacekeepers who are meant to protect them and it is only after a whole year of accusations that the United Nations has begun to take action. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The UN’s Good vs. Bad Narrative Clears the Way for Sexual Violence and Impunity Maya Goodfellow, Media […]

UN Accountability Gap Threatens Its Work Worldwide

In missions all over the world, the UN has been seen as more willing to save face with member states than to be accountable to victims of sexual abuse, cholera and other wrongdoing. Not only does this deny justice to victims but it also puts peacekeepers in war zones at risk of retaliation, and it damages the UN’s reputation as a promoter of human rights. This article gives concrete examples of lack of UN accountability (as in Haiti’s cholera epidemic) and explains the importance of closing the “accountability gap.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN peacekeepers in Africa: Culpable and accountable Nanjala Nyabola, The Herald October 20, 2015 AFTER several months of intrigue and seeming inaction, the UN spokesperson finally announced on August 13, that the head of MINUSCA, the UN mission in the […]

Strong Recommendations on Haiti from Women’s Working Group

The UN Security Council (UNSC) recently conducted a review of MINUSTAH. Below are the Women, Peace and Security Working Group’s recommendations on Haiti to the UNSC. Click HERE for the full report, including recommendations on other countries. MONTHLY ACTION POINTS: Women, Peace and Security July 27, 2015 As the Council considers a report on the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) it is vital for the Council to call for women’s full and equal engagement in building Haiti’s future. This is particularly important in view of increasing threats and harassment against women-led civil society organizations, particularly against those calling for justice for sexual and gender-based violence. Options for reconfiguration of MINUSTAH must detail the ways in which gender will be mainstreamed and how women’s participation and protection will be at the core of the mission’s mandate. In this respect, in its discussion […]

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