Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

No Better Time to Support BAI/IJDH

Dear Friend, I am the president of an organization that needs financial support (see, but today I am asking you to support the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). This may be putting my institutional interests second, but that is exactly what BAI and IJDH do every day—they do what is necessary to enforce rights in Haiti, regardless of whether they get any credit.  TransAfrica is among the dozens of non-Haitian human rights organizations whose work is enhanced by the work of BAI and IJDH. Their legal advice and analysis, connections to Haitian grassroots leaders, credible information, and policy tools are unparalleled. Our partners in Haiti are equipped to fight for justice in court, on the streets, and in the Internally Displaced Persons camps because of BAI/IJDH’s support. BAI goes […]

Outrage Over Camp Destructions by Haitian Police (TransAfrica Forum)

TransAfrica Forum May 26, 2011 Washington, DC—On Wednesday, May 25, 2011, Rep. Donald M. Payne (NJ), Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY), Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL), and Rep. Maxine Waters (CA) made a joint statement in response to the eviction and destruction of camps on public property in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince: “On Monday, May 23, 2011, our offices were alarmed at the startling news that three camps of internally displaced persons in the Delmas neighborhood of Port-au-Prince were effectively destroyed. This included the park at the intersection of Delmas Road and Airport Road which was destroyed at the hands of the Haitian police, under direction of Mayor Wilson Jeudy. This camp is home to several hundred people and is a microcosm of the over 800,000 officially-recognized displaced persons in Haiti. It is even more disturbing that this incident occurred during […]

On the Violation of Voting Rights in Haiti: Elections that Do Not Reflect the Will of the People (Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, Canada Haiti Action Network, TransAfrica Forum, Louisiana Justice Institute)

The consistent failure of the Haitian government to respect the laws on constitutional election procedures has been one of the BAI’s major concerns in the establishment of the rule of law in Haiti. Among these concerns are the exclusion of political parties in the legislative elections of 2009 and the presidential and legislative elections of 2010 and 2011, as well as violations of the right to vote of persons displaced since the January 12, 2010 earthquake. As a result of serious violations of the people’s human rights, the BAI, TransAfrica Forum and the Louisiana Justice Institute submit this report concerning political rights to the UN Human Rights Council for its Universal Periodic Review of Haiti. Click HERE to see the PDF Version.

TransAfrica Forum Releases Memo on Forced Relocations of Displaced Persons [gview file=””]

Memorandum on Forced IDP Relocations

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