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BAI/IJDH Reports on Impunity for Workers’ Rights Violations

This article details the recent BAI/IJDH report on workers’ rights in Haiti. It discusses garment workers’ low wages and poor working conditions, terminations of workers who joined unions, and the Haitian government’s complicity in impunity for garment factories and other corporations. New Report Details Persecution of Public and Private Sector Union Activists in Haiti Center for Economic and Policy Research, Haiti Liberte April 30, 2014 The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and its Haiti-based partner Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) have released a report outlining recent cases of persecution of organized workers in Haiti as well as Haitian government complicity in allowing illegal attacks against, and terminations of labor activists to occur without judicial consequences.  The report, titled “Haitian labor movement struggles as workers face increased anti-union persecution and wage suppression,” documents attacks and firings of union organizers by […]

IADL Passes Resolution on Labor Rights in Haiti

The International Association of Democratic Lawyers passed this resolution, below, at its 18th Congress in Brussels. International Association of Democratic Lawyers calls for the protection of union activists in Haiti April 17, 2014 IADL is concerned about increasing persecution against union activists, wage suppression and worker exploitation in Haiti’s public sector and apparel industry four years after the January 12, 2010 earthquake. The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), a non-governmental organization with consultative status to the Council on Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations (ECOSOC), was established to support and uphold the international law, and to protect the rights of nations to development, economic equality and access to scientific achievements as well as natural resources. IADL is alarmed by increasing persecution against union activists, wage suppression and worker exploitation in Haiti’s public sector and apparel industry. As […]

Workers’ Rights Ignored in “Haiti Open for Business”

This article describes the current situation for workers who choose to unionize in Haiti. Based on BAI and IJDH’s report on the topic, it details violations of workers’ rights and discusses the “open for business” model’s effect on workers. New Report Details Persecution of Public and Private Sector Union Activists in Haiti Center for Economic and Policy Research April 17, 2014 The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and its Haiti-based partner Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) have released a report outlining recent cases of persecution of organized workers in Haiti as well as Haitian government complicity in allowing illegal attacks against, and terminations of labor activists to occur without judicial consequences.  The report, titled “Haitian labor movement struggles as workers face increased anti-union persecution and wage suppression,” documents attacks and firings of union organizers by both public […]

April 2014 Update

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Report Documents Persecution Against Union Activists, Wage Suppression

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mario Joseph, Av., Managing Attorney, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), Mario@ijdh.org, +011 509 2943 2106/07 (in Haiti, speaks French and Creole) Nicole Phillips, Esq., Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), Nicole@ijdh.org, +1 510 715 2855 (in U.S., speaks English and French) New report documents persecution against union activists and wage suppression in Haiti (PORT-AU-PRINCE, April 16, 2014)— A report released today by Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) entitled, Haitian labor movement struggles as workers face increased anti-union persecution and wage suppression describes persecution against union activists, wage suppression and worker exploitation in the public sector and apparel industry four years after the January 12, 2010 earthquake. The coordinator of a teachers union, Josué Mérielien, was reportedly detained today by police for several […]

Haitian labor movement struggles as workers face increased anti-union persecution and wage suppression

Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti April 16, 2014 This report released by Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) describes persecution against union activists, wage suppression and worker exploitation in Haiti’s public sector and apparel industry four years after the January 12, 2010 earthquake.[i] The report summarizes troubling trends the BAI, a Port-au-Prince-based law office, observes from its clients fighting for the right to organize and a living wage. The report also proposes a series of recommendations for the Haitian government, employers, and foreign investors like the United States government, as well as international partners wanting to support Haiti’s labor movement.  Dozens of union leaders and activists have recently been terminated from their jobs. At least 36 employees in the apparel industry have been terminated in response to their protest in […]

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