Due to discriminatory laws and threats of deportation, as well as documented deportations, camps have formed on the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. After an initial visit by Haiti’s president and first lady, the residents have been left to survive on their own, with the camps not even recognized by Haitian authorities. Cholera has begun to spread in the camps and has even made it across the border. Meanwhile, some camp residents are building churches and schools, trying to create a better life in a country they don’t know. Fearful, Haitian Migrants Flee Dominican Republic for Camps Along Border Azam Ahmed, The New York Times December 12, 2015 PARC CADEAU 2, Haiti — Along this arid strip of borderland, the river brings life. Its languid waters are used to cook the food, quench the thirst and bathe the bodies […]
In a 57-page report, election observers in Haiti detail the many problems with Haiti’s August 9th round of elections. These issues include violence, ballot box stuffing, ineffective indelible ink, and even some murders. Though two political parties closely affiliated with President Martelly were tied to most of the violence and intimidation, the Electoral Council has only issued warnings so far. While some applaud the CEP’s initial efforts, such as re-running elections in 25 constituencies, these observers say that much more needs to be done to yield accurate election results and to prevent this from happening again. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Click HERE for the report. Haitian electoral observers demand investigation into election day chaos Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald August 25, 2015 PORT-AU-PRINCE — Local observer groups are calling for an independent investigation into Haiti’s […]
This article does an excellent job of explaining the crisis currently unfolding as tens of thousands of Dominicans and Haitians leave the Dominican Republic (DR) for fear of violence from their neighbors. It describes the historic conflicts between DR and Haiti that led up to the current animosity between the two countries, and the current lack of support from the Haitian government to the people now living in border camps. As DR officially began mass deportations last week, many fear that the situation will become much worse. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The Culture of Fear Fueling the Dominican Deportation Crisis George Altshuler, The American Prospect August 23, 2015 I left the Dominican Republic because people said they would kill all the Haitians,” said Mona Jermin in Haitian Kreyòl. “Now I have nothing.” Two […]
After a mayor and his associates murdered the brother of a human rights worker in Les Irois, Haiti in 2007, justice has finally been served. The mayor, Jean Morose Viliena, and other defendants have been found guilty of violent crimes and have been sentenced to seven years in prison. BAI has been supporting victims in the case since 2012. Justice has been upheld in Haiti as Court finds former Mayor guilty of violent crimes Sigrid Rausing Trust 28 July 2015 21st July 2015: After 8 years of fighting for justice, the Court in Haiti has found former Mayor of the small town of Les Irois, Jean Morose Viliena, guilty of violent crimes. In 2007, he and several associates broke into the Boniface family home where they murdered Eccliasiaste Boniface because his brother David, a human rights worker, had helped a women file […]
In the past few weeks, both the Dominican Republic (DR) and Haitian governments have reported thousands of people of Haitian descent voluntarily leaving DR across the border to Haiti. A BAI/IJDH delegation of lawyers and legal interns found that this is not quite the case. Most of the people the delegates spoke to at the border reported leaving after receiving threats and other harassment. The conditions in which they crossed the border are also not as DR officials described: Instead of air-conditioned buses, the delegation witnessed arrivals in over-crowded school buses and even an uncovered cargo truck meant for carrying plantains. The author of this article, one of the legal interns, urges people to think critically about statements from the DR government before accepting them. The Dominican Republic’s dubious claims about Haitian exodus Mark Phillips, Al Jazeera July 3, 2015 A […]
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.