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Vigilante Justice Used to Bypass a Broken System in Haiti

Vigilante justice is a problem in Haiti but the average citizen often seems either indifferent or approving of these types of lynchings, viewing them as necessity for justice due to the broken justice system. Nicole Phillips, an IJDH Staff Attorney, explains that if the government prioritizes improving the justice system, and if Haitians know how to use the justice system to enforce their rights, this will not be such a problem. UN mission says vigilantes have impunity in Haiti David McFadden, Associated Press, Yahoo! News January 17, 2017 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A report issued Tuesday by the U.N. stabilization mission in Haiti rebukes local authorities for a losing battle against vigilante violence and displaying passivity or even tolerating mobs taking the law into their own hands. The human rights section of the U.N. mission, known by its French acronym Minustah, said […]

Murder of 3 Deaf Women Sparks Protests in Haiti

Three deaf women were tortured and brutally murdered while walking home late at night, sparking a huge protest by disability rights groups and their supporters in Haiti’s capital on April 1. Though the wife of one man implicated in this crime tried to make excuses for him, advocates say that violence against disabled women is all too common. According to IJDH’s Nicole Phillips, deaf women are attacked in particular because they can’t scream. Haiti protest demands justice for 3 slain deaf women David McFadden, Yahoo! News April 1, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Hundreds of protesters marched in Haiti’s capital on Friday to demand justice following the brutal killings of three deaf women who were tortured, stoned and left in a gully by attackers. Mickelson Jean, leader of a Haitian association for the deaf, was one of roughly 300 people who […]

Interim President Privert Plans to Investigate Martelly’s Financial Mismanagement

Throughout Michel Martelly’s term as president of Haiti, there were accusations of him mismanaging funds, being corrupt and allowing his son and wife to embezzle funds. Haiti’s new interim president, Jocelerme Privert, has now promised to investigate these claims, saying that he “has not ruled out convening a task force” for the job. Haiti interim president vows to hold former leaders accountable AFP, Yahoo! News February 20, 2016 Port-au-Prince (AFP) – Haiti’s interim president Jocelerme Privert vowed Friday to do “everything in his power” to hold the previous administration accountable for its actions, amid allegations of corruption and mismanagement. Privert said he has met with leaders from civil society and political parties, as well as everyday citizens, who are demanding that the previous government of Michel Martelly be called to account for its less than stellar record of governance. “I […]

Preliminary Haiti Presidential Election Results Released

Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council has just announced the top two candidates for president based on preliminary first-round results: Jovenel Moise and Jude Celestin. Jovenel Moise is the candidate backed by Haiti’s current president, whose party has been involved in election violence and fraud since the first round on August 9. Many other candidates are disputing these results because of those issues. Who will really make the runoff election in December remains to be seen. Haiti council names 2 candidates for presidential runoff David McFadden, Yahoo! News November 5, 2015 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise and former state construction chief Jude Celestin appear to be advancing to a runoff election for Haiti’s presidency, according to preliminary results announced Thursday. The much-anticipated results from the 54-candidate first round presidential contest on Oct. 25 were issued by Pierre Louis Opont, the […]

Haiti’s Electoral Council Delays Results

The preliminary results of Haiti’s contentious second round of elections were due November 3rd but have been delayed by the Electoral Council. The Electoral Council says it needs more time to deal with allegations of fraud in the voting process. Haiti needs more time to issue preliminary election results Yahoo! News November 3, 2015 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitians will have to wait longer for official preliminary results from last month’s first-round presidential election. The leader of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council said last week that the top two finishers in the Oct. 25 vote would be announced Tuesday. The council now says it will issue preliminary results on Thursday. It says the additional time is needed to reconcile complaints of fraud submitted by various quarters in recent days. Out of a total of 162 complaints, 43 have been evaluated as […]

Five Years Later, Activists Still Seek Cholera Justice

On October 14, human rights activists will place portraits of cholera victims outside UN headquarters in Port-au-Prince, New York City and Geneva. This is part of a project commemorating the fifth anniversary of UN peacekeepers bringing cholera to Haiti. After five years, cholera victims and activists are still fighting for justice while the UN maintains immunity from accountability. Click HERE for the original article. Groups: UN must provide ‘justice’ for Haiti cholera victims David McFadden, Yahoo! News October 13, 2015 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Five years after cholera started a deadly march across this poor Caribbean country, international and Haitian human rights activists asserted Tuesday that the U.N. is failing to provide justice for the many Haitians who have died or been sickened. Since October 2010, cholera has killed roughly 9,000 Haitians and sickened hundreds of thousands more. Scientific papers have […]

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