Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Communiqué de Presse: Collectif des défenseurs des Victimes de La Saline

3 days 14 hours ago
Ce 13 novembre 2019, le quartier de La Saline commémore la première année depuis la commission du massacre qui a conduit à l’assassinat dans des conditions atroces de plus de soixante-onze personnes, l’incendie de centaines de maisons et le déplacement forcé de nombreuses personnes. Depuis, les violences n’ont pas cessé et l’on compte chaque semaine de nouvelles victimes de ce climat de terreur. Les responsables politiques ont malheureusement démontré leur incapacité à adresser ces violations graves et massives des droits humains. L’Etat n’a apporté aucune assistance humanitaire aux victimes et n’a pas sécurisé la zone pour permettre la reprise normale des activités dans cette localité.  Bien au contraire, il perd chaque jour davantage le contrôle du territoire, laissant les gangs armés semer la terreur. Le cycle de violences se renforce et de nouveaux massacres sont opérés impliquant directement des personnalités […]
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Representative Waters’ Statement on the 1-Year Anniversary of La Saline Massacre in Haiti

3 days 14 hours ago
Read the original statement here. ‘Those responsible for acts of politically motivated violence in Haiti must be held accountable. Impunity in Haiti must end now’ WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the Lasalin Massacre in Haiti: “Following the anniversary of the brutal attack in the Lasalin neighborhood of Haiti’s capital – which resulted in the deaths of at least 71 civilians, in addition to the rape of at least 11 women, and the looting of more than 150 homes – I renew my call for justice for the victims and survivors of Lasalin and the protection of Haiti’s citizens in exercising their democratic rights to free expression and assembly. “In April 2019, I led a delegation to Haiti, which met with residents of Lasalin and surrounding areas, who described acts of unconscionable […]
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Haiti invita a la CIDH para investigar posibles abusos a derechos humanos

3 days 14 hours ago
The Inter American Commission on Human Rights was invited by the Haitian government to investigate possible human rights abuses. The invitation comes after the international community condemned violent repression of protestors. This visit comes after IJDH and BAI presented at a thematic hearing to the Commission in September requesting an in loco, or on-site, visit. Read more about the thematic hearing here Original article in Spanish here   English translation below The Government of Haiti announced on Saturday (11/30/2019) that it has invited the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to visit the country following allegations of abuses committed in the repression of several protests. Haitian Foreign Minister Bocchit Edmond announced – on his official Twitter account – the invitation for the visit to take place in mid-December. “On behalf of the Republic of Haiti, I renew Haiti’s determination and […]
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CPJ and RSF Call on Haitian Authorities to Investigate Attacks

3 days 14 hours ago
Collaborative letter to the Haitian Minister of Justice & Public Security from The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) expressing concern about increasing threats and violence against the press in Haiti. Read the original letter here.   November 14, 2019 M. Jean Roudy Aly Minister of Justice and Public Security 19 Avenue Charles Summer Port-au-Prince, Haiti Via email: secretariat@sgcm.gouv.ht CC: M. Normil Rameau Chief of Police Haitian National Police M. Joany Canéus Head of Judicial Police Central Directorate of the Judicial Police (DCPJ) Dear Minister Aly, The Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders, independent press freedom advocacy organizations, write to express our concern about increasing threats and violence against the press in Haiti, and the failure of government officials to adequately respond. We urge you to use your authority as Minister of Justice and […]
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Amnesty International Verifies Evidence of Excessive Force Against Protestors

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An article from Amnesty International documenting their evidence of the Haitian police’s excessive and illegal use of force against protestors.  Read the original article here. Authorities in Haiti must end the unlawful use of force against protesters and guarantee their right to life, Amnesty International said today, after verifying multiple instances of police using excessive force during six weeks of anti-government protests in which at least 35 people were killed, with national police implicated in many of the deaths.  “The images that we have verified shed light on human rights violations by the Haitian authorities. The security forces under the command of President Jovenel Moïse have used excessive force. Such incidents must be investigated promptly, thoroughly and effectively,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International.  “President Moïse must take urgent measures to ensure people protesting against his government can do so safely, without putting their lives at risk. The police must stop using firearms carrying live ammunition in the context of protests and take particular […]
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‘It was a ravage!’: Lived Experiences of Epidemic Cholera in Rural Haiti

3 days 14 hours ago
An article published in BMJ Global Health and written by Yodeline Guillaume, Gregory J Jerome, Ralph Ternier, Louise C Ivers, and Max Raymond. The study was started to elevate the voices of Haitians affected by cholera who rarely had a voice in existing scientific literature. The study concluded that “the experience of epidemic cholera in a rural Haitian community… included a high burden and was exacerbated by poverty. To interrupt cholera transmission, public health education must be paired with investment in structural improvements that expand access to prevention and healthcare services.” Read the full study here. Abstract Introduction A cholera epidemic began in Haiti over 8 years ago, prompting numerous, largely quantitative research studies. Assessments of local ‘knowledge, attitudes and practices’ relevant for cholera control have relied primarily on cross-sectional surveys. The voices of affected Haitians have rarely been elevated […]
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Emerging Voices: Seeking Child Support from UN Peacekeepers– A View from Haiti

3 days 14 hours ago
An article written by Sienna Merope, IJDH Legal Director. The article covers the United Nation’s position and policies on Peacekeeper Paternity, UN Peacekeeper sexual exploitation and abuse in Haiti, questions of immunity, and the BAI cases representing women seeking child support from UN Peacekeepers.  Read the original article here In 2017, in the face of increasing revelations of sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers, Secretary General Guterres announced a “new approach” to bring an end to what he described as a “scourge” on the United Nations. A core component of this approach is a commitment to putting the rights and dignity of victims of UN sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) at the forefront of the UN’s response, including through the appointment of a Victim Rights’ Advocate (VRA) who will ensure access to “appropriate and timely judicial processes” and that the “full […]
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Haiti TPS Documents Now Automatically Valid to January, 4, 2021 by Operation of Law

2 weeks 6 days ago
On November 4, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published a new Federal Register Notice (“FRN”), extending the validity of Haiti TPS work permits and documents again, this time to January 4, 2021. The Federal Register is the U.S. Government’s official publication; its notices have the force of law.  Importantly, no Haitian with TPS needs to pay or do anything to benefit from this extension, which is automatic.  You do NOT need to re-register or file anything; just inform your employer or the DMV about this new FRN. As it states, “DHS is automatically extending the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan, as specified in this notice. Such TPS-related documentation will remain in effect through January 4, 2021, from the current expiration dates of [January 2, […]
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La Saline Massacre: One Year Anniversary

3 weeks 4 days ago
PDF Version Here One year ago today, on November 13, 2018, residents in La Saline, Port-au-Prince awoke without knowing the horrors that awaited them: a 13 hour-long assault on their neighborhood by armed gangs with state-actor support. Over the past 12 months there has been little progress towards justice for victims. In a climate of impunity, attacks on civilians are intensifying in Haiti. What happened that day? 71 people executed, women and children amongst them. At least 11 women raped, some while their children watched. More than one hundred and fifty homes destroyed. Several reports have suggested state involvement in the events in La Saline, including reports from Haiti’s National Human Rights Defense Network (RNDDH), UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) and UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, and Haiti’s national directorate of judicial police. Witnesses saw […]
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Haiti TPS Documents Now Valid Until January 4, 2021 by Operation of Law

1 month ago
Read the official Federal Register Notice  Read the update on Temporary Protected Status on USCIS The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a Federal Register notice extending the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan through Jan. 4, 2021.   The notice automatically extends the validity of Employment Authorization Documents; Forms I-797, Notice of Action; and Forms I-94, Arrival/Departure Record (collectively, TPS-related documentation). The validity dates for the affected countries are: TPS Designation(s) Current Expiration Date New Expiration Date El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan Jan. 2, 2020 Jan. 4, 2021 Honduras Jan. 5, 2020 Jan. 4, 2021 Nepal March 24, 2020 Jan. 4, 2021 DHS is extending the TPS documentation in compliance with the preliminary injunctions of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District […]
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Le Bureau des Avocats Internationaux condamne l’instrumentalisation politique de la Police Nationale d’Haïti (PNH)

1 month 2 weeks ago
PDF Version English Version BUREAU DES AVOCATS INTERNATIONAUX 3, 2ème impasse Lavaud B.P. 19048 Port-au-Prince, Haiti 2493-2106/2493-2107 Email: avokahaiti@aol.com NOTE DE PRESSE Port-au-Prince, le 3 octobre 2019 Le Bureau des Avocats Internationaux condamne l’instrumentalisation politique de la Police Nationale d’Haïti (PNH) à des fins de répressions criminelles contre les masses Haïtiennes exigeant le départ de Jovenel MOISE et un changement de système Le Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), dans sa mission première de défendre les droits des plus démunis, les droits inaliénables, imprescriptibles et inhérents à la personne humaine, en particulier ceux des victimes du Choléra importé par la Mission des Nations-Unies pour la Stabilisation en Haïti (MINUSTAH), des femmes et filles victimes de viol et d’agressions sexuelles, des citoyens victimes de Terrorisme d’État dans l’exercice de leur liberté Publique et autres abus de droit, dénonce avec la dernière rigueur […]
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Alors que l’ONU quitte Haïti, ses victimes attendent toujours la justice

1 month 3 weeks ago
Un article écrit par Sandra Wisner Il est grand temps que l’ONU assume la responsabilité des crimes commis par ses forces de maintien de la paix en Haïti. Aujourd’hui, l’ONU termine son opération de 15 ans de maintien de la paix en Haïti. Envoyés officiellement pour renforcer la sécurité, affirmer l’Etat de droit, et promouvoir les droits de l’homme en Haïti, les soldats de la paix de l’ONU laissent un héritage problématique, qui est entaché de violations des droits de l’homme. Le retrait de la Mission des Nations unies pour l’appui à la justice en Haïti (MINUJUSTH) cette semaine arrive d’ailleurs neuf ans après que les Casques bleues ont déclenché une des épidémies de choléra les plus meurtrières des temps modernes dans le pays. Le manquement perpétuel de l’organisation à remédier à ces dommages, non seulement du choléra, mais également […]
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Lettre Ouverte du Bureau des Avocats Internationaux pour dénoncer l’ingérence des diplomates racistes du CORE GROUP en HaïtiInternationaux Pour

1 month 3 weeks ago
PDF Version BUREAU DES AVOCATS INTERNATIONAUX 3, 2ème rue Lavaud B.P. 19048  Port-au-Prince, Haïti Tel : +5092943-2106/ 3701-9879 Email: avokahaiti@aol.com   Lettre Ouverte Port-au-Prince, le 15 octobre 2019 Lettre Ouverte du Bureau des Avocats Internationaux pour dénoncer l’ingérence des diplomates racistes du CORE GROUP en Haïti Messieurs et Dames les représentants diplomatiques de l’association illégale dénommée « Core Group », regroupant la Représentante  Spéciale du Secrétaire Général des Nations-Unies en Haïti, les Ambassadeurs des Etats-Unis, du Brésil, du Canada, de la France, de l’Allemagne, de l’Espagne, de l’Union Européenne et le Représentant Spécial de l’Organisation des Etats Américains (OEA) en Haïti, Le Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), dans sa mission première de défendre les droits des plus démunis, les droits inaliénables, imprescriptibles et inhérents à la personne humaine, en particulier ceux des victimes du Choléra importé par la Mission des Nations-Unies pour la Stabilisation […]
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As the UN leaves Haiti, its victims still wait for justice, An Op-Ed by Sandra Wisner

1 month 3 weeks ago
Originally Published on Al Jazeera French Translation Here Op-Ed written by Sandra Wisner, IJDH Bertha Fellow Today, the UN ends its 15-year long peacekeeping presence in Haiti. Ostensibly sent to reinforce security, build rule of law and promote human rights, UN peacekeepers leave a more problematic legacy, marred by human rights violations. Notably, this week’s drawdown comes nine years after peacekeepers sparked one of the deadliest cholera epidemics of modern times in the country. The organisation’s ongoing failure to remedy these harms – not only from cholera, but also peacekeeper sexual abuse and other violence towards civilians – has deeply undermined its legitimacy in Haiti. It also risks crippling the UN’s proposed new 30-member political mission, due to begin tomorrow and charged with promoting political stability and good governance in the context of a growing political stalemate and human rights crisis in Haiti. In June 2004, for the […]
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Featured in Le Nouvelliste!: Mario Joseph, Esq. is Living in Pursuit of Human Rights

2 months ago
PDF version here Mario Joseph, Esq. is Living in Pursuit of Human Rights Behind the calls for justice for victims of sexual assaults committed by UN troops and especially the UN’s acknowledgement of the introduction of cholera by the Nepalese contingent of the UN’s blue helmets, there is a man who has been fighting for years to obtain justice for the most oppressed among us. This man, Mario Joseph, Esq., has been engaged in the struggle for human rights for over twenty-four years. He has never shied away from defending the most vulnerable victims of human rights abuses – particularly poor women or girls who have been raped and who cannot afford to pay legal fees necessary for filing charges against their assailants. Original Article posted in Le Nouvelliste     In 2016, the United Nations officially recognized its responsibility […]
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Hearing Before Regional Human Rights Body Leads to Request for Site Visit to Haiti

2 months ago
A summary of IJDH and BAI’s visit to the Inter-American Commission of Human rights for a thematic hearing on the intersection and humanitarian impacts of corruption and social justice in Haiti.  [xxx] xxx Update 9/27/19: Monday, September 23rd at the IAHCR hearing, IJDH and BAI said an accountable response to the massacre in La Saline would include the removal of the senior, government officials implicated. Fednel Monchery (Director General of the Ministry of the Interior) and Richard Duplan (Delegate of the West Department)  were removed from their posts, this week. Also, this week, the Prosecutor responsible for oversight of those cases, Paul Eronce-Villard, who presented for the government of Haiti at Monday’s hearing, resigned from his position. Strikingly, it is reported he resigned “because the government had asked him to systematically repress those who call for both their fundamental rights […]
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Note de Presse: Le Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) dénonce la nouvelle dynamique de la Police Nationale d’Haïti (PNH) sous le leadership du Directeur Général

2 months ago
PDF Version BUREAU DES AVOCATS INTERNATIONAUX 3, 2ème rue Lavaud B.P. 19048 Port-au-Prince, Haïti Tel : +5092943-2106/ 07 Email: avokahaiti@aol.com Note de Presse Port-au-Prince, le 18 septembre 2019 Le Bureau des Avocats Internationaux  (BAI) dénonce la nouvelle dynamique de la Police Nationale d’Haïti (PNH) sous le leadership du Directeur Général a.i, Normil RAMEAU Le Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), dans sa mission première de défendre les droits des plus démunis, les droits inaliénables, imprescriptibles et inhérents à la personne humaine, en particulier ceux des victimes du choléra importé par la MINUSTAH, des femmes et filles victimes d’Agressions Sexuelles, des citoyens victimes  dans l’exercice de leur Liberté Publique de Terrorisme d’Etat et autres Abus de droit, déplore le fait que des agents de la Police Nationale d’Haïti (PNH) s’adonnent à une vaste opération de répressions violentes et d’exécutions sommaires contre des citoyens […]
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