Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

BAI and IJDH Keep Human Rights in Haiti on the World’s Radar


Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

Building stability and prosperity in Haiti through justice

March 28, 2017

BAI and IJDH Keep Human Rights in Haiti on the World’s Radar

Over the past week, IJDH has garnered national and international media coverage on five of its program areas. Our innovative program work and persistent communications keep human rights in Haiti on decisionmakers’ radar screens despite a challenging media environment. We will keep fighting for more coverage and more progress. But in the meantime, here are the highlights:

Justice for Cholera Victims

-On Tuesday March 21, The New York Times revealed that the UN has only raised $7 million of the $400 million it promised Haiti’s cholera victims in December. The article cited a recent letter from BAI and IJDH to UN Secretary-General Guterres.

-On Tuesday March 21, the Times wrote a scathing editorial calling the UN’s refusal to keep its promises “today’s lesson in evading moral responsibility.”

-On Monday March 27, the Boston Globe Editors called on the U.S. to exert leadership to ensure the UN keeps its promises, and quoted from BAI’s Mario Joseph and IJDH’s Brian Concannon.

Justice for Human Rights Defenders

-On March 23, Reuters, Miami Herald and Star Tribune all wrote about a case that BAI and the Center for Justice and Accountability have been working on: Three plaintiffs filed suit against the former Mayor of Les Irois, Jean Morose Viliena, who had been hiding in the Boston area since fleeing charges in Haiti in 2009.

-On March 24, NPR wrote about it as well, and also ran the story in their morning radio program in the Boston area.

-Yesterday, March 27, The Boston Globe wrote about this and cited IJDH by name for our work on the case.

Sadly, one of the plaintiffs in the case died mysteriously the day after Viliena was sued. His death is under investigation. The New York Times covered this story on March 25.

Justice for Victims of Peacekeeper Sexual Assault

Last year, BAI began helping women who were left with children by peacekeepers seek support from the fathers.

-On March 22, Al Jazeera English, aired a compelling film on the topic, which includes an interview with BAI’s Mario Joseph. They also aired it on television a few times to make sure the message got out. The AJ+ promo clip got 1,923,539 views as of today, and the actual film has 5,621 views on YouTube so far.

-On March 22, “Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch” broke the news of a detailed report on this problem by independent investigator Mark Snyder.

Other News

Attack on Ex-President Aristide

On March 21, BAI’s Mario Joseph and IJDH Board member Ira Kurzban were cited by Jamaica Observer in an article about an attack on former President Aristide. Aristide’s vehicle was shot at after he appeared as a witness in court. Mario and Ira are both attorneys for the former president.

Justice for Detained Haitians

On Friday, 10 Senators and Representatives from Florida wrote to DHS Secretary John Kelly urging DHS to extend Temporary Protected Status for Haitians. TPS for Haitians is set to expire this July. IJDH has been leading advocacy efforts to extend TPS since last year.

Other Key News

Grand’Anse, la faim gagne du terrainLe Nouvelliste

After lengthy mission, UN peacekeeper pullout looms in HaitiAssociated Press

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