Staff Attorney of IJDH to speak in Vancouver Oct 5

Human rights attorney to speak in Vancouver on post-earthquake Haiti

SEPTEMBER 28, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nicole Phillips, Staff Attorney of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), will speak at two public forums on October 5 in Vancouver on the theme, “Human Rights, Haiti's Earthquake, and the International Community.”

Attorney Phillips is the lead editor and coordinator of a just-released report by the IJDH on post-earthquake conditions in Haiti entitled, We’ve Been Forgotten”: Conditions in Haiti’s Displacement Camps Eight Months After the Earthquake. It doc­u­ments con­tin­u­ing des­per­a­tion in Haiti’s survivor camps and rec­om­mends a rights-based approach to relief and reconstruction.

Despite the inter­na­tional community’s his­toric gen­eros­ity fol­low­ing the Jan­u­ary 12, 2010 earth­quake, the sup­port has not been trans­lated into effec­tive assis­tance for the approximately 1.3 million res­i­dents of 1,300 makeshift tent camps in and around Port au Prince. Con­di­tions for many are get­ting worse, not bet­ter.

“While the Gov­ern­ment of Haiti bears the pri­mary duty to pro­tect the eco­nomic and social rights of its cit­i­zens, donor states and relief agen­cies must also meet cer­tain stan­dards in car­ry­ing out assis­tance to Haiti. This oblig­a­tion arises from inter­na­tional law but also from the sig­nif­i­cant role the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity assumed in pro­vid­ing relief ser­vices in Haiti,” said Ms.Phillips on September 20, the date of the release of the report.

The report was based on investigations in six survivor camps conducted by a team of researchers, including Ms. Phillips, in July. The full report can be found at http://ijdh.org/archives/14633. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit IJDH’s Hous­ing Rights Advo­cacy Project web­site at http://ijdh.org/housing.

In addition to her work at IJDH, Nicole Phillips is Director of the Haiti and Dominican Republic human rights programs at the Center for Law and Global Justice, University of San Francisco School of Law.

Nicole Phillips will speak at two public forums on October 5-- at the Liu Institute on Global Issues at the University of British Columbia at 3:30 pm , and at 7 pm at Harbour Center, 515 W. Hastings St. She is available for interviews in Vancouver on October 3 and 4, and by phone before then.  More details on the speaking events are at: http://www.canadahaitiaction.ca/events

For more information, contact Roger Annis of Haiti Solidarity BC at 778 858 5179 or haitisolidaritybc(at)resist.ca.

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