Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

It’s Justice Time in New York: Let’s Laugh and Learn How to Make Justice Happen With the Best Haitian Comedians at Gotham Comedy Club On May 2

By Wadner Pierre This article was originally published by Haiti Liberte.    On May 2nd at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York, Haitian comedians Jean-Louis Cauvin, Tanael Joachim, and Reginal “Reg” Thomas will make you laugh until you cry. But they will also tell you about the work of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), two organizations that have been at the forefront of fighting for justice for victims of Haiti’s cholera epidemic introduced into Haiti by United Nations (UN) soldiers seven years ago. They seek to hold the UN accountable for its inaction in preventing the spread of this deadly disease, which has killed 10,000 Haitians and sickened one million. Tanael Joachim, a native of Haiti, is one of the three comedians performing to support the BAI & the IJDH’s […]

Nigel Fisher Can’t Seem to Get the Facts Right

By Roger Annis, Haiti Liberte September 30, 2010 As Deputy Special Representative on Haiti to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Nigel Fisher’s inattention to the post-earthquake tragedy there is disturbing. It underscores other concerns about his prejudices against the national sovereignty of the country whose interests he is supposed to assist. Mr. Fisher gave a keynote speech to the “First Annual Neglected Diseases Conference” at the University of British Columbia on Sep. 18. His talk reviewed conditions in Haiti eight months after the earthquake. Several hundred people were in attendance, including medical students and professionals and university professors. It was a largely upbeat presentation sounding out of whack with the realities on the ground as widely reported by journalists and medical professionals (including a doctor recently returned from Haiti to whom I spoke in preparing this report). According to Mr. Fisher, […]

Treasury Under Secretary Brainard Joins Inter-American Development Bank to Mobilize Grants for Haiti

U.S. Department of the Treasury Press Release WASHINGTON – Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs Lael Brainard today participated in a signing ceremony at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to mobilize significant new grant resources for Haiti and eliminate all of Haiti’s debts to the institution. The U.S. contribution of $204 million today, along with additional contributions from the IDB’s shareholders and transfers from ordinary capital, will allow the bank to fully cancel Haiti’s $447 million debt to the IDB and provide $2.5 billion in grants for Haiti over the next decade. “In the days following the earthquake, President Obama pledged the full and continued commitment of the United States in the recovery and reconstruction of Haiti,” said Under Secretary Brainard. “Today marks an important milestone in that effort. Thanks to the steadfast support from Congress, the U.S. is today […]

Aid to Haiti slow in coming

Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Of all the things Haiti’s earthquake victims are running out of, patience may be the most important. This destitute country has endured the consequences of revolution and the abuse of dictators. Now it is struggling mightily to recover from the Jan. 12 temblor that left 300,000 dead and more than a million people homeless. The frustrations of the survivors, many of them recovering from loss of limbs and other injuries, are chronicled in letters placed in suggestion boxes installed at homeless camps by the International Organization for Migration. “Please, do something,” pleaded a woman in one of the letters recently published in the New York Times. “We don’t want to die of hunger and also we want to send our children to school.” “I gave birth six months ago, the baby died, I have six other children, […]

Event: Strategies for Change in Haiti: Tackling the Challenges of Gender Based Violence in Post-earthquake Haiti

IJDH event tonight, September 13, 2010,  in New York: Strategies for Change in Haiti: Tackling the Challenges of Gender Based Violence in Post-earthquake Haiti Who: New York University School of Law Center for Human Rights and Global Justice Presents: Brian Concannon, Director, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) Eramithe Delva, Founding member of KOFAVIV (Komisyon Fanm Viktim pou Viktim, The Commission of Women Victims for Victims) Emily Jacobi, Co-director of Digital Democracy Margaret Satterthwaite, Faculty Director, CHRGJ; Assistant Professor of Clinical Law of the Global Justice Clinic, NYU School of Law Margarette Tropnas, Executive Director, Dwa Fanm What: A multi-disciplinary panel discussion about gender based violence in Haiti as the country works to rebuild itself after the devastating earthquake of January 2010. Where: New York University, Furman Hall 212 When: Monday, September 13, 2010 from 6-8pm Click here […]

IJDH and Partner Organizations Urge Secretary Clinton to Support the Haitian Government in Ensuring that Elections are “Free, Fair and Inclusive”

“We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, are writing to urge the U.S. government to work with the Haitian government and international partners to ensure that Haiti’s upcoming elections are free, fair and inclusive.” Click HERE to See Full PDF

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