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Letter to UN Independent Expert on Haiti Post-Matthew

BAI, IJDH and five other human rights groups wrote a letter to United Nations Independent Expert Gustavo Gallón on the situation in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew. Gallón will report to the UN Human Rights Council at the end of this month. The hope is that he includes language in his report that alerts the international community to the dire situation in post-Matthew Haiti and the need for humanitarian and reconstruction assistance. We also hope that he encourages the Haitian government and international community to use a rights-based approach guided by human rights norms in their assistance to strengthen the country’s infrastructure and reduce their vulnerability to natural disasters. A rights-based approach to Hurricane Matthew assistance (1) prioritizes capacity-building of the Haitian government and civil society; (2) ensures participation of communities affected by Matthew in the design and execution of assistance programs, […]

Haiti Before the Human Rights Council in Geneva

Haiti is undergoing the 2016 Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. On November 7, other Member States of the UN made a range of recommendations to the Government of Haiti to improve Haiti’s human rights situation. Some of the key recommendations that BAI’s and IJDH are advocating for Haiti to accept include: -Taking measures to combat violence against women, including gender based violence and in particular updating the legislative framework to reform definitions of rape, criminalize marital rape and gender-based violence and address sexual harassment (multiple countries) -Ensuring identity documents are provided to Haitians, including those living in the Dominican Republic (multiple countries) -Taking measures to address threats and violence against human rights defenders and journalists (Austria, France) and excessive police force at peaceful protests (Costa Rica) -Taking measures to eliminate discrimination based on […]

How Poor Water and Sanitation Impact Education in Haiti

On March 23, 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council met to discuss the latest report by the Gustavo Gallón, the UN Independent Expert on Haiti. The statement below comes from one of the groups who participated in this meeting, Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW highlights the effects of poor water and sanitation on education in Haiti, particularly for girls, and the need for adjudication of the UN’s introduction of cholera to Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN Human Rights Council: Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Haiti Human Rights Watch March 23, 2016 Thank you, Mr. Gallon for your continued work on human rights in Haiti. … On the question of cholera, Human Rights Watch has noted that to date, there has been no independent adjudication of the facts surrounding […]

UN Independent Expert Details Human Rights Issues in Haiti

Below is a report from the Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Haiti, Gustavo Gallón. In the report, Gallón highlights five key aspects of human rights in Haiti: social inequality and economic, social and cultural rights; liberty, deprivation of liberty and detention conditions; institutional weakness as it pertains to the rule of law; impunity and violations committed in the past; and humanitarian crises linked to other factors having an impact on human rights. Of note are Gallón’s analysis on the cholera epidemic, the statelessness crisis that has brought countless Haitians and Dominicans to Haiti, and the electoral crisis. Part of the report is below. Click HERE for the full text. February 12, 2016 Report of the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti Note by the Secretariat The Independent Expert on the situation of human […]

Un expert indépendant de l’Onu va enquêter sur la situation des droits humains haïtiens

L’expert indépendant de l’organisation des Nations unies (Onu) sur la situation des droits humains, Gustavo Gallón Giraldo, se rendra à Haïti pour examiner la situation des droits humains. En particulier, il va enquêter sur les élections chaotiques du 9 août 2015. Après sa visite, il présentera un rapport au Conseil des droits humains en 2016. Partie de l’article est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Haiti-Droits humains : L’expert indépendant Gustavo Gallón en mission d’évaluation et de suivi AlterPresse 3 septembre 2015 P-au-P, 03 sept. 2015 [AlterPresse] — L’expert indépendant de l’organisation des Nations unies (Onu) sur la situation des droits humains, le Colombien Gustavo Gallón Giraldo, sera en Haïti, du 6 au 15 septembre 2015 afin d’évaluer la situation des droits humains, indique un communiqué publié le 3 septembre 2015 et transmis à l’agence en ligne AlterPresse. Lors de cette mission, il […]

Report of the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti, Gustavo Gallón

The Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti recently published a report in preparation for the Human Rights Council’s 28th session. The report discusses economic, social and cultural rights; social inequality; deprivation of liberty and detention conditions; rule of law; human rights violations and impunity; and the effect of crises on human rights. It includes the following recommendation on cholera: A reparations commission should be established for the victims of the cholera epidemic in order to catalogue the damage suffered and the corresponding indemnification, identify those responsible and halt the epidemic, among other actions; The summary of the report is below. Click HERE for the pdf. February 9, 2015 The Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti considers the situation to be complex but not insuperable. Following his second mission to the country, in July […]

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