Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Legal help for Haiti shifts to long-term focus

By Luis Millan, The Lawyers Weekly Pascal Paradis(l), the head of Lawyers Without Borders Canada, sits with Gervais Charles, Bâtonnier of the Port-au-Prince law society, last month as they leaf through an agreement they had just signed. [Photo courtesy of LWB Canada] More than four months after the massive earthquake that killed nearly 250,000 people, left 1 million others homeless and leveled the capital, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the Canadian legal community is slowly beginning to shift its focus from providing emergency response to helping Haiti lay the groundwork towards the reconstruction of a justice system that will “avoid the excesses of the past.” In the past two weeks, an agreement was signed with the Barreau de Port-au-Prince to help put in place legal aid for victims. The Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada organized a roundtable with a […]

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