FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2018 Contact: Twaun Samuel/Rykia Dorsey Phone: 202-225-2201 Waters & 100 Members of Congress Urge United Nations to Fulfill its Obligation to Support Victims of the Cholera Epidemic in Haiti WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee and a strong advocate for Haiti in the U.S. Congress, led a total of 101 Members of Congress in a bipartisan letter to the Honorable António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), urging him to ensure that the UN meets its obligations and effectively repairs the harms caused by the cholera epidemic in Haiti. “We write as friends of Haiti in the United States Congress to urge you to ensure that the United Nations complies with its legal and moral obligations to provide appropriate remedies to victims of Haiti’s devastating cholera […]
The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) is seeking 1-2 legal interns (for a minimum of 10 hours per week) to work on advocacy to secure a just UN response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti. At the end of 2016, after years of litigation and advocacy by IJDH and its Haiti-based sister organization, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), the UN issued an unprecedented public apology for the organization’s role in causing the worst cholera epidemic in the world in Haiti, and announced the launch of a new $400 million plan to improve cholera elimination efforts and provide material assistance to victims. IJDH is seeking legal interns to contribute to our ongoing cholera accountability work to ensure that the UN plan is fully funded and implemented in a manner that responds to the organization’s legal obligations and […]
IJDH Communications and Development Internship Fall 2018 About Us IJDH has successfully helped Haitians enforce their human rights since 2004. The Institute partners with BAI to support grassroots struggles for justice in Haiti and in the powerful countries abroad where decisions about Haitians’ rights are often made. IJDH and BAI combine traditional legal strategies with organizing, emerging technology, and public advocacy to address the root causes of instability and poverty in Haiti. We fight for justice with legal work, but also with creativity, humility, inspiration and humor, and supportive work culture. We effect broad changes with modest resources by nurturing large advocacy networks. IJDH is looking for Communications and Development interns to join its Boston office. The position is ideal for an undergraduate or graduate student interested in global human rights advocacy and development and financial strategies for small nonprofits. […]
Building stability and prosperity in Haiti through justice The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) launched Haiti’s first legal observation program to observe demonstrations on May 1 st known as Obsèvatwa Libète Piblik. The program was developed in partnership with the U.S. National Lawyers Guild, deploys trained lawyers and observers to monitor and report on violations of protestors’ constitutional rights to free speech and free assembly.The BAI launched the program in response to rising reports of illegal activity by police at protests, including illegal arrests of demonstrators and violence. “Public freedoms such as expression and assembly are the base of democracy. The police routinely use unjustified force against peaceful protestors to quell Haitians’ voices,” said Mario Joseph, BAI’s Managing Attorney.The Bureau expects more protests in the coming weeks due to announced price increases for gasoline and electricity. The legal observation program, combined with BAI’s legal […]
Cholera broke out in Haiti in October 2010 for the first time in the country’s history. Multiple genetic and epidemiological studies have established that cholera was introduced to Haiti by a peacekeeping contingent with the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), which discharged cholera-contaminated sewage into a tributary of Haiti’s largest river system. The UN for years denied its role in the cholera epidemic. this is here BAI and IJDH represent Haitian victims of cholera in their quest for justice from the UN In November 2011, we filed 5,000 claims with the UN, seeking: A) The installation of a national water and sanitation system that will control the epidemic, B) Compensation for individual victims of cholera for their losses, C) A public apology from the United Nations for its wrongful acts In February 2013, after 15 months of silence, the […]
“…our biggest case is the case of the UN cholera. We work with people who were, who got cholera, which is an infectious disease that has killed about 10,000 Haitians and sickened another million. We work with the families of people killed and the people who survived cholera to push the United Nations, which brought cholera to Haiti, to act responsibly. Acting responsibly means providing some help for people who lost a lot in the cholera epidemic.” See the full transcript below: I’m Brian Concannon. I’m the director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, and my job is a human rights lawyer. And human rights is a pretty broad concept. It can include things like the right to free speech, the right to protest, the right to get together. It can also include the right to clean […]
Building stability and prosperity in Haiti through justice Haitian Flag a Symbol of Global Freedom and Democracy May 18 is Flag Day in Haiti, which celebrates 215 years of Haitian leadership in the fight for global freedom and democracy. In fact, Haitians invented the concept of Universal Human Rights: unlike the United States, which proclaimed that “all men are created equal” in 1776 without meaning “all”, and France who asserted “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” for some people in 1789, the Haitians in 1803 extended freedom and rights to everyone. At the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), we are honored to fight alongside our Haitian partners to advance the promise of universal rights in Haiti and abroad. Together with our Haitian partner, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), IJDH continues to insist that everyone is obligated to respect Haitians’ rights, including the […]
Bonswa! Kouman ou ye? Good evening. Chapo ba– a tip of the hat, to Bernard Georges and New Bridges for Haitian Success for organizing such a wonderful event. On behalf of everyone at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, I would like to congratulate the Haitian Community of Rhode Island, and all Haitians, in Haiti and abroad, on the 215thanniversary of the creation of the Haitian Flag, and on the 214 years of independence that the flag represents. I am a human rights activist, and I believe that along with Haitians, everyone who cares about human rights should celebrate May 18. Because Haitians were the original founders of the Human Rights movement. Haitians were the first to make human rights apply to everyone, to make them universal. The French proclaimed “liberté, egalité, fraternité” 14 years before the Congress […]
May 18 is Flag Day in Haiti, which celebrates 215 years of Haitian leadership in the fight for global freedom and democracy. In fact, Haitians invented the concept of Universal Human Rights: unlike the United States, which proclaimed that “all men are created equal” in 1776 without meaning “all”, and France who asserted “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” for some people in 1789, the Haitians in 1803 extended freedom and rights to everyone. At the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), we are honored to fight alongside our Haitian partners to advance the promise of universal rights in Haiti and abroad.Together with our Haitian partner, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), IJDH continues to insist that everyone is obligated to respect Haitians’ rights, including the United Nations, which must take responsibility for its deadly cholera epidemic that has taken 10,000 Haitian lives, and the United States, which must stop discriminating against Haitians in the U.S. […]
By Mairin McQueen In January 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, displacing millions of Haitians. 60,000 were granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to live in the U.S. during recovery. As years passed, however, cholera, hurricanes, and political corruption ravaged Haiti, making it even harder for those displaced to return home. In November 2017, the Trump Administration suddenly canceled Haitian TPS. Now, all 60,000 holders must leave the U.S. by July 22, 2019, or face deportation to Haiti. Watch the video below: The transcript is available HERE. Visit www.ijdh.org to find out how to push for permanent solutions and fight unjust immigration policies. Mairin joined IJDH in spring 2018 as a Communications and Development intern and was very involved in immigration advocacy. She is currently attending Boston University and majoring in communication and political science.
Stephen Lewis comments on the UN’s failure to live up to its promises in response to Haiti’s cholera crisis. The UN’s inability to raise $400 million to eliminate cholera that its won brought to the country and compensate victims, “It’s a complete travesty,” said AIDS-Free World Stephen Lewis. Watch Lewis’s address below: align=”center” Full video transcription “Please bear with me as I tell you a sad story about the United Nations. It remains and institution to which I am, ideologically committed, but I feel as though that commitment is betrayed with unwelcome regularity. Back on December the 1st, 2016, Ban-Ki Moon, the then Secretary General in the last month of his ten-year tenure, in an unprecedented way, apologized to the people of Haiti for the failure of the United Nations to deal adequately with the cholera epidemic. An epidemic that had […]
BAI law thesis candidate Peterson Juillet legal observing in Port-Au-Prince, May 1. Credit: Nicole Phillips On May 1, Haitian public interest law firm Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), sent its first group of trained legal observers to monitor International Workers’ Day (“May Day”) protests in the capital city. BAI launched its Obsèvatwa Libète Piblik (Public Freedoms Observation) program in partnership with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), and National Lawyers Guild (NLG). Haitians have been demonstrating in anti-government protests for months. Police have retaliated with intimidation, violence, and unlawful arrests. In response to these violations of freedom of speech, assembly and due process under the Haitian Constitution and international law, BAI contacted the NLG for support. On Apr. 25, BAI announced their legal observer and protest defense initiative, modeled after the […]
Join the Haitian community in Rhode Island on May 18that the State House to celebrate Haitian Flag Day as part of the celebration of Haitian Heritage Month. Headlining the event are guest speakers Brian Concannon, the Executive Director of Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and Haitian artist and media personality Charlot Lucien. The speakers will discuss Haiti’s undisputable contribution to global freedom and democracy, including the United States; the fight against President Trump’s disastrous immigration policy that threatens the lives of thousands of Haitians who have been residing in the U.S. for the past eight years or so. When: May 18th at 5:00 PM, Where: Governors Room I, State House, 82 Smith St. Providence, RI.
In 1998, the Haitian community in Boston celebrated their Haitian heritage and became the first Haitian diaspora community in the United States to hold such ceremony in memory of their ancestors. Today, Haitians across the U.S. honor their ancestors and celebrate Haiti’s contribution to the global freedom and democracy throughout May. According to Wikipedia, “Haitian Heritage Month was first celebrated in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1998. Tele Kreyol, one of the Boston Haitian Access Television programs, celebrated the whole month of May with a series of programs on Haitian history, culture, and contributions to the world. The month-long celebration has continued with such activities as parades, flag raisings, and exhibits organized by Haitian-AmericansUnited, Inc. (H.A.U.) in collaboration with several Haitian organizations in the New England area.
On May 19, Haitians, Africans, and Latin Americans from around the U.S. and Canada will rally in Washington, DC, around Haitian Flag Day to demand: Trump apologize to countries he called “shitholes;” Permanent residency for all TPS holders; U.S. & UN reparations to Haiti; Stop police profiling & terror against black & brown communities; UN occupation police out of Haiti; Stop U.S. meddling in Haiti elections. They are joining with FANM and Veye Yo in Miami, the School Bus Drivers’ Union in Boston, and many others, to make their voices heard. On Jan. 11, near the 8thanniversary of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, President Donald Trump called Haiti a “shithole” country, along with El Salvador and African nations. He continues racist and anti-immigrant policies and provocative statements and Tweets. Announcements have begun in the media. They have the permit for the rally. What they now need is funding for buses, flyers, posters, banners, water, and other rally expenses. When: May 19th, […]
Haitian Legal Organization & NLG Debut Country’s First Legal Observers at May Day Protests FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 7, 2018 Contact: Nicole Phillips, IJDH Staff Attorney – Nicole@ijdh.org Jeanne Mirer, NLG International Committee Co-Chair and IADL President– Jeanne@jmirerlaw.com King Downing, NLG Director of Mass Defense – email@example.com PORT-AU-PRINCE—On May 1, Haitian public interest law firm Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), sent its first group of trained legal observers to monitor International Workers’ Day (“May Day”) protests in the capital city. BAI launched its Obsèvatwa Libète Piblik (Public Freedoms Observation) program in partnership with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), and National Lawyers Guild (NLG). Haitians have been demonstrating in anti-government protests for months. Police have retaliated with intimidation, violence, and unlawful arrests. In response to these violations of freedom of […]
Dear IJDH and BAI’s supporters I am writing to ask you to join me today at Gotham Comedy Club in New York for the funniest comedy show with Haitian-American comedians J-L Cauvin, Tanael Joachim and Reg Thomas and our host Vladimir Calixte, known as Haitian V. The goal is to bring together people who care about justice and democracy in Haiti to learn about how the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) continue to fight for the respect of the Haitian people’s human rights in Haiti and abroad. In the past 13 years, I have witnessed the impact of IJDH and BAI’s advocacy and legal work on the lives of Haiti’s grassroots movement while providing legal service and making Haiti safe for Haitian human rights activists. Buy your ticket today to help IJDH and BAI: Keep the pressure on the […]
We are very excited about tomorrow’s comedy show, “A Stand up for Justice and Democracy in Haiti” with Haitian-American comedians J-L Cauvin, Tanael Joachim and Reg Thomas at Gotham Comedy Club at in New York with our host Vladimir Calixte, known as Haitian V. Buy your ticket today to support the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)’s amazing work to promote justice and democracy in Haiti. Our goal is to bring people who care about justice in Haiti to laugh while championing a worthy cause. Proceeds will benefit BAI/IJDH’s advocacy and legal work in Haiti! Bring your family and friends! You can buy as many tickets as you’d like! If you can’t make it, that’s ok. You can gift your ticket to a friend living in the New York Metropolitan area. We would love to have you there! Where: Gotham Comedy Club, 208 West 23rd St. […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS Contact: Wadner Pierre, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), firstname.lastname@example.org, +1(617)-816-2815 (English, French, Haitian-Creole) Ashley Armand, Marketing and Development Specialist, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), email@example.com, +1(617) 935-5344 (English, French, Haitian-Creole) IJDH and BAI to Present ‘A Stand Up for Justice and Democracy in Haiti’ Boston, May 1, 2018– The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) will present “A Stand up for Justice and Democracy in Haiti” with Haitian-American comedians Jean-Louis “J-L” Cauvin, Tanael Joachim and Reginal Thomas at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City on May 2, 2018. Our host Vladimir Calixte, known as Haitian V, will be using his talents to bring people who care about justice and democracy in Haiti together to laugh while championing a worthy cause. All proceeds will benefit BAI/IJDH’s advocacy and legal work in Haiti. Joachim, a native of Haiti, who penned a New York Times’ response to President Donald Trump’s criticism […]
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