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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 […]

Fighting for Justice Through Unjust Systems

By Nancy Young IJDH Volunteer February 7, 2016 The Saturday afternoon presentation on the human rights report at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux did not proceed as planned. The plan was for Meena Jagannath to do a training for the representatives from Haitian civil society groups on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). After that, they were to break up into smaller groups to discuss individual topics further. That was the plan. It started off right on schedule. Mario Joseph, managing attorney of the BAI, introduced Meena, who is now with the Community Justice Project in Miami, but had previously worked for the BAI – importantly, at the time the last UPR was done in 2011. The previous day, she had done a similar training with BAI’s lawyers and grassroots groups. Mario put the pressure on Meena immediately by telling Saturday’s […]

Evaluation Périodique Universelle d’Haiti : Observation du Bureau des Avocats Internationaux Genève, Suisse le

Published By Mario Joseph Av. Click Here to Listen Mario’s UPR Statement  Madame la Présidente et les membres du Conseil Je vous remercie de m’avoir invité à vous adresser. Je suis Mario Joseph, Avocat et dirigeant du Bureau des Avocats Internationaux BAI. Le BAI assiste et représente les victimes de graves violations des Droits Humains tant en Haïti que par devant la Commission et la Cour Interaméricaine des Droits Humains. Le BAI travaille avec d’autres partenaires internationaux tels que : L’Institut pour la Justice et la Démocratie en Haiti (IJDH) basé à Boston, USA,  MADRE, Center for Constitutional Rights, NationalLawyers Guild etc.. Haïti vient d’accepter 122 des 136 recommandations dont 3 sous réserve et elle a rejeté 14. Ce qui est préoccupant c’est l’implémentation de ces recommandations. Consultation Nationale Suivant le mécanisme de l’Evaluation Périodique Universelle, le gouvernement haïtien devait organiser […]

Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Conference Call Part II – October 13, 2011

Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Conference Call Part II  – October 13, 2011 On October 13th, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) hosted Part Two of a series of conference calls detailing the process and importance behind Haiti’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in which the UN Human Rights Council was able to evaluate Haiti’s compliance with human rights obligations and make recommendations for further improvements. The elaborate UPR process was initiated in 2006 by the UN Human Rights Council for each of the member states of the United Nations. The procedure calls for every member state to be reviewed every four years regarding the nation’s compliance with the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent human rights documents to which they are signatories. Haiti was the last country to be reviewed. It was scheduled for review in […]

Listen to Nicole Phillips Field Report from the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland

In this week’s podcast, Nicole Phillips, IJDH Staff Attorney, gives us a field report from the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland, for Haiti’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) that was held last week, on Thursday, October 13th. The UPR is a process by which the U.N. Human Rights Council can evaluate Haiti’s compliance with its human rights law obligations and make recommendations for further improvements. Nicole notes how important and difficult it was to bring Haitian voices to the hearing, as she was hoping to bring advocates from Haitian grassroots organizations, who unfortunately could not receive travel visas in time. “It’s easy for Americans to travel to Switzerland – we don’t need travel visas. This is a good example of the many barriers for the Haitian civil society to participate in the U.N.,” says Phillips. Listen here for more information on Thursday’s […]

Post-UPR Debrief: Next Steps for Human Rights in Haiti

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