Human Rights Reports

Haiti has 'torture'-like conditions: NGO

By AFP, Oct. 30, 2018

Conditions in Haiti's chronically overcrowded jails are like "acts of torture" and inmates' rights are being ignored, a human rights group said in a report published Tuesday.

"The general conditions of detention are absolutely inhumane and look more and more like acts of torture," said Marie Rosy Auguste Ducena of the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights.

The UN's Humanitarian Action Plan for Haiti, 2014

Each year since the 2010 earthquake, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) of the United Nations produces a 'humanitarian action plan' for Haiti which outlines facts, figures and goals for the work of the world body. The goals are modest and the funding is accordingly low. The published plan provides useful statistics as well as a good overview of the very modest objectives which the world body sets for itself in Haiti. The most controversial  issues, such as the UN's responsibility for the cholera epidemic that has killed more than 8,000 in Haiti, are omitted.

Threats of assassination to human rights advocates in Haiti


"Now They're All Dead": Threats of Assassination to Human Rights Advocates in Haiti

By Mark Snyder and Other Worlds, published on Huffington Post, August 21, 2013

"Those before you were strong. Now they're all dead. Stop what you are doing, or the same will happen to you."

Those were the words delivered to Frena Florvilus, Director of Education and Advocacy of the Haitian human rights organization Defenders of the Oppressed (DOP), early on the morning of August 11 by one of four unidentified men who attempted to enter DOP's office.

The threat echoed numerous others that have been leveled against the DOP office and its staff since they took on the case of a young man who died in police custody within hours of his April 15 arrest, his body left covered with bruises and wounds inflicted by a severe beating. DOP has also been targeted for its work to support displaced peoples who face violent eviction from their camps, by the government and private landowners who are determined to rid the country of camps. Never mind that the people, homeless since the January 2010 earthquake, have nowhere else to go.

Yale University study: United Nations should be held accountable for cholera

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By Associated Press, in Washington Post, August 6, 2013

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti should be held accountable for introducing cholera into the Caribbean nation, a Yale University report said Tuesday.

In the report “Peacekeeping Without Accountability,” researchers from Yale Law School and the Yale School of Public Health said there is ample scientific evidence to show U.N. troops from Nepal inadvertently brought cholera to Haiti in October 2010. It said the world body should take responsibility. (Read the report, attached to this web posting.)

Departing UN official blasts Haiti's rights record

By Trenton Daniel, Associated Press, published in The Miami Herald, Thursday, March 28, 2013

The former United Nations human rights monitor in Haiti is taking a swipe at the Caribbean nation's legal system as he leaves his post. In an open letter that was sent to the Haitian press and obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, Michel Forst criticized the government for the continuation of arbitrary and illegal arrests, its interference in the justice system and for threatening journalists.

UN expert on human rights in Haiti resigns following delivery of critical report

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UN human rights expert: Haiti and international community should "throw light" on cause of cholera outbreak

By Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch (CEPR), March 21, 2013

According to reports on Twitter yesterday, the United Nations independent expert on the human rights situation in Haiti, Michel Forst has resigned for “personal reasons,” even though his mandate was supposed to continue for another year. In one of his last acts, Forst’s report for the U.N. Human Rights Council was presented yesterday, recommending to Haiti and the international community that they “throw light” on the cause of the cholera outbreak and “respond to any compensation requests”. The cholera outbreak has killed at least 8,050 and sickened over 650,000 more.

Report of the independent expert (Michel Forst) on the situation of human rights in Haiti, February 2013

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The following report was presented to the 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations (Feb. 22-March 22, 2013). It is 21 pages long and was published on Feb. 7, 2013. It can be read online at the link below; it is also attached here as a pdf. Below is the summary of the printed report, followed by key excerpts.

According to reports on Radio Kiskeya and Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch, Forst has resigned his position following delivery of his report, one year before his mandate is to expire. He began his assignment in September 2008; it was to last six years, until Sept. 2014. Radio Kiskeya says that the Martelly government was not in favor of the renewal of Forst's mandate. There is speculation that the critical comments in his report about UN accountability for cholera were also a factor in the decision.