Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Letter to Dominican Republic Consulate General

February 26, 2015 In conjunction with a rally and vigil demanding respect for human rights of Haitian-descended Dominicans, the Haitian American Lawyers Association of  New York (HALANY) delivered a letter to the Dominican Consulate General. In it, HALANY and the co-signers (including IJDH) express concern about recent judicial and governmental decisions in the DR, as well as anti-Haitian acts in DR. They also urge the Dominican Republic government to respect its domestic and international human rights obligations, like the American Convention on Human Rights. Click HERE for a pdf of the letter, in English and Spanish.

Still No Answers in DR Hanging of Haitian Youth

On Wednesday, February 18, Spokesperson of the National Police in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Colonel Matos expelled rumors that they have arrested or accused anyone for the hanging of a young Haitian in a park February 11. He said that the investigating commission will release its findings in its own time. He did not comment on whether this crime could be linked to the other recent violence exhibited against Dominicans of Haitian descent in the DR. Click HERE for the original article, in Spanish. Desmiente que haya apresados por el caso de joven haitiano colgado de un árbol Yomaira del Rosario 18 de Febrero 2015 SANTIAGO (R. Dominicana).- Aún no hay apresados ni acusación formal contra nadie por el asesinato de un inmigrante haitiano de 20 años, cuyo cadáver fue encontrado colgado de un árbol en el parque Ercilia Pepín, de […]

Cholera Victims Dismissed but Not Defeated

On January 9, 2015, a US judge ruled that UN Immunity is absolute in the case of Haitian cholera victims. Since the UN hasn’t provided an alternate method of seeking justice, this implies there is nowhere in the world where cholera victims can find justice. As this author reminds us, many cases of human rights violations were dismissed at first, until public pressure caused justice to be served. The cholera victims and their lawyers will appeal this decision and keep fighting until they get justice. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haga clic AQUÍ para leer la versión española. Haitian Cholera Victims Undaunted by Court Ruling of UN Immunity Fran Quigley, Common Dreams January 20, 2015 Earlier this month, on the eve of the 5th anniversary of Haiti’s tragic earthquake, a U.S. District Court judge ruled […]

UN Refugee Agency Seeks Solutions to Statelessness in DR

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees is deeply concerned by the issue of statelessness in Dominican Republic. UNHCR is especially concerned because not much has been done to improve the situation since the September 23, 2014 ruling that rendered so many Haitian-descended Dominicans stateless to begin with. UNHCR renews call for urgent action to find an adequate solution to stateless situation in the Dominican Republic UN Refugee Agency April 7, 2014 WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 (UNHCR) – Today the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reiterated the call for the Dominican Republic to restore the nationality of tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent born in the country who were rendered stateless by a ruling of the Constitutional Court of 23 September 2013. UNHCR is deeply concerned that more than six months have gone by since the ruling of the Constitutional Court […]

Carta Abierta de la Comunidad de Fe sobre la Decision de la Corte Constitucional Dominicana

10/25/2013 Estimado amigo, Si usted es un miembro de una organización de la fe, por favor, considere agregar el nombre de su organización a la carta ( pegada abajo) es de nuestros amigos en el Servicio Mundial de Iglesias, expresando su profunda preocupación por la reciente sentencia del Tribunal Constitucional Dominicano que negaría la ciudadanía a cuatro generaciones de dominicanos de ascendencia haitiana. Si su organización está dispuesta a firmarla, favor confirmen su asistencia a Fran Quigley, , el Miércoles 30 de octubre es fecha límite.Si lo desea, puede incluir copias de los logos de su organización para su inclusión en la carta. El hecho de que estemos pidiendo que se unan a la iniciativa de la Church World Service es un primer paso muy interesante para un proyecto más grande.Fran Quigley, un abogado y profesor de los Derechos Humanos , escritor y defensor IJDH (Instituto para […]

Collective Against Impunity: The Court of appeal will hear Jean-Claude Duvalier on 7 February 2013

Daniele Magloire, Collective Against Impunity February 3, 2013 The Collective against impunity wishes to inform Haitian civil society and the international community that a hearing will take place at 10:00 am, at the Court of appeal of Port-au-Prince on Thursday February 7, 2013, (commemorative date of the fall of Duvalier in 1986). The Court has asked that ex President-for-life Jean-Claude Duvalier be present at the hearing. Jean-Claude Duvalier was once more accused! by the Haitian State on January 19,2011, for «crimes against humanity, financial crimes and acts of corruption, abuse of authority, corruption of civil servants, embezzlement and criminal conspiracy», according to the terms of the indictment of the public prosecutor. Thirty victims, among them 22 members of the Collective, filed suit against Jean-Claude Duvalier and associates for crimes against humanity (illegal and arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, cruel treatment, […]

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