Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Lecture Confronts Human Rights in Haiti

Tim Fenster, The Stylus March 5, 2012 When the January 2010 earthquake struck Haiti, the island nation was briefly thrown into the international spotlight. However, Brian Concannon, director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), said issues that caused more than 200,000 deaths in the earthquake plagued Haiti long before the disaster struck. Poverty, poor building practices and ineffective building code enforcement in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince fueled the earthquake’s devastation, Concannon said during a Friday, March 3 lecture at the College at Brockport. Concannon was in the area to receive the White Dove award from the Rochester Committee on Latin America (RCLA) for defending human rights in Haiti, associate history professor Anne MacPhersonsaid. MacPherson said she thought Concannon was the perfect person to address issues facing Haiti, which have largely fell out of the public’s attention. “He’s someone who’s worked in solidarity with the […]

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