Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Monthly Review: April 2011

Less than $2,000 away from meeting our goal for the Bring Baby Doc to Justice Fund 

Your Monthly Update: April 2011

IJDH Submits 13 human rights reports to UN Human Rights Council, Jeena Shah on Democracy Now!, and more…


Universal Periodic Review

IJDH and our Haitian-based affiliate, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, Submitted Reports to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in conjunction with 57 Haitian grassroots groups 

IJDH worked alongside other Haitian grassroots groups, internally displaced persons camps, human rights organizations, and academic institutions to present thirteen reports to the UN Human Rights Council as part of Haiti’s Periodic Review, set to be held this October. The reports focus on human rights transgressions and recommend 147 improvements to the Government of Haiti and the international community to improve human rights over the next four years.

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Fraudulent Elections and Low-Voter Turnout Lead to Questionable Results

Although the second round of elections were arguably more peaceful then the first, election fraud led to Haiti’s Electoral Council postponement of preliminary results, proclaiming Michel Martelly the winner, with 68 percent of the votes. Exclusion of the Fanmi Lavalas party from the ballot, low voter turnout, and unimproved attempts to allow those in displacement camps to vote leave many to believe that these election results are neither representative nor democratic.

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Women’s Rights
IJDH participated alongside MADRE and grassroots partner, KOFAVIV,  in a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
On March 25, petitioners from IJDH participated in hearing before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) regarding the crisis of sexual violence in Haiti along with partners MADRE, our Haitian affiliate the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), KOFAVIV, CUNY School of Law, and Women’s Link Worldwide. Victims of rape from our grassroots partner, KOFAVIV, gave personal testimony regarding the importance of increased cooperation between the Haitian government and the international community, and better inclusion of grassroots organizations in work against gender-based violence and rape.Press Release on IACHR HearingRecording of Hearing

Photos from Hearing

Housing Rights
Right to Housing Report Sent to United Nations Human Rights Council as part of Haiti’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

In October 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council will assess Haiti’s compliance with its human rights law obligations as part of Universal Periodic Review. In our report on Housing Rights, IJDH-BAI describe the lack of basic necessities and high rates of violence within internally displaced persons (IDP) camps and argues that the Government of Haiti has not adopted a plan to solve issues of homelessness, resettlement and forced evictions now occurring.

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IJDH Continues Efforts to Urge U.S. Government to Parole Approved Department of Homeland Security (DHS)- Beneficiaries

IJDH continues to urge the Obama Administration to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program or otherwise begin promptly paroling into the United States, the 105,000 Haitian beneficiaries of family-based visa petitions which DHS has already approved. This issue was recently discussed in Boston at a Governor’s advisory meeting where Governor Deval Patrick agreed to submit a letter to the White House.

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Staff and Office Update

We finally moved into our new office! 


IJDH-BAI Legal Fellow, Annie Gell, wins 2011 Arthur C. Helton Fellowship, for her excellent work fighting gender-based violence.


Bureau des Avocats Internationaux Legal Fellow, Jeena Shah, did an interview with Democracy Now! discussing the imminent threat of evictions families in Haiti’s displacement camps are facing.


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IJDH Board

– Brian Concannon Jr., Esq.

– Paul Farmer, MD, PhD

– Laura Flynn, MFA

– Ira Kurzban, Esq.

– Bryan Stevenson, Esq.

– Irwin Stotzky, Esq.

For more information about the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) or human rights in Haiti, see our website, To receive Half-Hour for Haiti Action Alerts (monthly), subscribe here. To keep us fighting on the front lines for justice in Haiti, donate here

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