Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

A New UN: Independent Tribunal as a Solution to Immunity Abuse

With the issue of widespread peacekeeper sexual abuse arising amidst cases such as cholera in Haiti, the United Nations must take steps to stop the misuse of its immunity.  In this opinion piece, Danny Bradlow explores the establishment of an independent tribunal within the UN as a potential solution to the general lack of accountability. He maintains the necessity of an independent justice mechanism, putting it into the context of the upcoming 2017 appointment of the new Secretary General. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full article. ….. What can be done to stop the United Nations abusing its immunity Danny Bradlow, The Conversation June 26, 2016 The passage of time can play cruel tricks on noble intentions. The person selected as the new United Nations (UN) Secretary-General later this year should keep this in mind as he or she evaluates how effectively […]

UN Ordered to Take Responsibility for Roma Deaths. Haitians Next?

In 2010, United Nations peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti. That is the same year that UN camps for Romas in Kosovo were demolished because the toxic land was making the residents sick. Thousands of Haitians and Romas have died or become ill through UN negligence and the UN is now beginning to take responsibility for what happened in Kosovo. Does this mean it will soon take responsibility for what happened in Haiti as well? There are many parallels between the two cases, as this article describes. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Will the UN ever accept responsibility for Haiti’s devastating cholera epidemic? Rosa Freedman & Nicolas Lemay-Hébert, The Conversation April 25, 2016 What happens when a humanitarian organisation meant to protect people instead causes them grave harm? That has long been the question where […]

Both Migrants and Dominican Nationals at Risk of Deportation

Two separate groups living in the Dominican Republic are at risk of deportations: first-generation migrants and Dominicans, born in the DR, of foreign descent. The Dominican government created a process for these individuals to apply for citizenship status or residency permits, although fewer than 9,000 were able to register prior to the deadline. Hundreds of thousands of individuals may now be forcibly deported from the DR, with no clear place to go. Click HERE for the full article. Dominican Republic has taken citizenship from up to 200,000 and is getting away with it Eve Hayes de Kalaf, The Conversation June 19, 2015 On June 17, the deadline ran out for undocumented Haitian migrants to register for official migrant status in the neighbouring Dominican Republic. The international media has been filled with reports from the Caribbean of an impending crisis in […]

UN Peacekeepers Caught in Another Rape Scandal

United Nations peacekeepers often get away with crimes they commit while serving in fragile countries. The widespread sexual exploitation and abuse committed by UN peacekeepers is one of the most pervasive illustrations of this problem. Criminal accountability is scarcely enforced, as it falls on their home countries to prosecute peacekeepers, and the UN rarely follows up with cases to ensure accountability. Whistleblowers have even been fired in order to maintain the status quo of peacekeeper impunity and cover up the horrific details of sexual abuse and exploitation committed by UN peacekeepers. Most recently, a whistleblower from within the UN has been suspended for leaking an internal report documenting a case of child abuse committed by French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic. How can an organization that stands for human rights be so lenient in cases of human rights violations? Part of […]

Over 100k Haitian-Descended Dominicans at Risk of Deportation

In September 2013, a Dominican Republic Constitutional court issued a ruling that retroactively stripped citizenship from hundreds of thousands of Haitian descent. Many were shocked but many also recognized it as part of a long history of racism and discrimination against Haitians and their descendants in DR. After much international pressure, DR agreed to establish a regularization/naturalization program but it hasn’t been effective. Now over 100,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent are at risk of deportation. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. How a group of Dominicans were stripped of their nationality and now face expulsion to Haiti Eve Hayes de Kalaf, The Conversation April 8, 2015 Just because people feel that they are a national of a country does not mean the state necessarily agrees. While tourists flock to the Dominican Republic – the most visiteddestination […]

Absolute UN Immunity Violates Cholera Victims’ Rights

This article argues that the January 9th ruling in favor of UN immunity in the cholera case violates Haitians’ human rights. Since the UN has provided no alternate mechanism for the victims to seek justice, they had no choice but to take their case to court. If the UN enjoys absolute immunity, the victims have no way to seek justice for the countless deaths and cases of illness caused by the epidemic the UN brought to Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Five years after Haiti quake, a new setback for cholera victims Rosa Freedman, The Conversation January 12, 2015 January 12 2015 marks 5 years since Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake hit. Countless victims were killed, homes destroyed, and vital infrastructure reduced to debris. Already one of the world’s poorest and most fragile countries, Haiti […]

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