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AILA Gravely Concerned by Reports that USCIS Recommends Ending Protections for Haitian Nationals

April 21, 2017 CONTACTS: George Tzamaras 202-507-7649 Belle Woods 202-507-7675 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) expressed grave concern regarding reports that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is recommending that the United States end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals in January 2018. AILA President William A. Stock stated, “In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake’s devastating impact on Haitian infrastructure, the U.S. government offered temporary relief to Haitian nationals while they worked to rebuild their country. Since then, the country has continued to be ravaged by disease and political instability, which have been exacerbated by limited access to potable water, food, and medical services, and a lack of adequate housing. In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew ripped through Haiti, further damaging the already fragile island nation. It is impossible to reconcile the […]

The Center for Justice and Accountability Releases Statement on Death of Client Nissage Martyr

On Friday, March 24, 2017, Nissan Martyr died suddenly in Les Irois, Haiti. Martyr was one of three plaintiffs in a lawsuit against their former Mayor, who is alleged to have perpetrated a range of human rights abuses during his term in office. The Center for Justice and Accountability represents the plaintiffs and filed the lawsuit in a Massachusetts federal court. Martyr’s cause of death is unknown, and CJA urges the Haitian government to launch an immediate investigation into the circumstances of his death. CJA’s statement expresses condolences to Martyr’s friends and family and provides background information on the case. The statement is shown below in its entirety. Click HERE for the original statement. BREAKING: STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF CJA CLIENT NISSAGE MARTYR The Center for Justice and Accountability March 27, 2017 On the evening of Friday, March 24, 2017, our client Nissage Martyr died […]

6 Organisations haïtiennes soutiennent le renouvellement du mandat de l’Expert indépendant

La nouvelle administration haïtienne a décidé de ne pas renouveler le mandat de l’Expert indépendant sur la situation des droits de l’homme en Haïti. Six organisations ont écrit cette déclaration pour exprimer leur support de l’Expert indépandant. Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains – RNDDH Commission Episcopale Nationale Justice et Paix – CE-JILAP Centre d’Analyses et de Recherches en Droits de l’Homme – CARDH Plateforme des Organisations Haïtiennes des Droits Humains – POHDH Centre Œcuménique des Droits Humains (CEDH) Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)   Contacter :   Marie Yolène Gilles Colas                                                                       Jocelyne Colas Noel RNDDH                                                                                             CE-JILAP 3728-8466                                                                                           3912-3292   Déclaration des Organisations de promotion et de défense des Droits Humains en support au renouvellement du mandat de l’Expert‑indépendant sur la situation des droits de l’homme en Haïti Nous, organisations de promotion et de défense des droits humains, signataires de la présente […]

Haitian Cholera Victims React to UN Apology

December 1, 2016 Haitian cholera victims watched a live webstream of the United Nations briefing on the new cholera plan, which included a long-awaited apology from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. There was a spontaneous cheer and applause when Ban Ki-Moon apologized during his speech and an extraordinary atmosphere in the room. In reaction to the Secretary-General’s address, victims were clear that words aren’t enough and that concrete action on eradication and compensation is needed, but welcomed and accepted the apology itself. These are unofficial translations: Desir Jean-Clair, Boucan Care: This was a victory for us today. It wasn’t easy. We sent thousands of letters and were in the street to get this victory for them to say today that they were responsible. They said that and we thank them. But it can’t end there. Because today there is still cholera in all the […]

Jamaica Rep Responds to New UN Approach to Haiti Cholera

Remarks by H.E. Courtenay Rattray, Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the UN, at the Informal Briefing by the Secretary-General on the United Nations’ New Approach to Cholera in Haiti 1 December 2016   Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, Thank you for organizing this briefing for Member States to further update us on this situation, which is of great importance to my delegation and region. At the outset, allow me to extend congratulations to the government and people of Haiti on the holding of national elections, and to wish President-elect Moïse success in his tenure. Mr. President, Jamaica commends the Secretary General for the action that will be taken to support the people of Haiti in the wake of the cholera epidemic. Furthermore, we welcome the issuance of his Report outlining the new approach that the Organization will take in addressing the […]

CARICOM Responds to UN Secretary-General’s Cholera Apology

On December 1, 2016, the United Nations General Assembly met for a session in which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explained the UN’s new plan to eliminate cholera in Haiti and possibly compensate the victims. During his remarks, Ban also apologized to Haitians for the first time in six years, and admitted that the UN should have done more. Below is the statement from Trinidad and Tobago’s representative, on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). December 1, 2016 Remarks by Trinidad and Tobago on behalf of CARICOM at the Informal Briefing of the General Assembly by the Secretary-General on the United Nations’ New Approach to Cholera in Haiti Mr. President, I take the floor on behalf of the fourteen Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).  CARICOM wishes to thank the Secretary-General for his briefing to the membership on the “New Approach […]

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