Haitian delegation advocates for restorative justice and equity at UN Permanent Forum on People of African Descent...

Some representatives from the Haitian delegation to the third session of the UN Permanent Forum on People of African Descent.

By RHI News, April 17, 2024

From April 16 to 19, 2024, several organizations from Haitian civil society and the Haitian-American diaspora converged at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, to take part in the third session of the UN Permanent Forum on People of African Descent.

Under the theme "The Second International Decade for People of African Descent: Combating Systemic Racism, Restorative Justice and Sustainable Development", this meeting was intended to provide a crucial platform for promoting the rights and well-being of people of African descent around the world.

Among the organizations present are Nou Pap Domi, Nègès Mawon, Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains (RNDDH), Université Itinérante de Résistance, Mouvman Jistis Etik ak Solidarite (MOJEJ), Bosal Mizik, Association Kiltirel Sokija (AKS), Action pour la Reforestation et la Défense de l'Environnement (AREDE), KremeKam, Haitian Bridge Alliance (Pon Alyans Ayisyènn), Policité, Mouvement Akò Montana and the Haitian-American Foundation for Democracy (HAFFD).

The delegation intends on highlighting Haiti's historical importance in the global struggle against slavery. Recognizing Haiti's courage and resilience in this context is essential to understanding its unique position in the global quest for justice and equality.

A key focus for the delegation is the call for restitution and reparations for Haiti, aimed at rectifying the historical injustices inflicted on the country and paving the way for healing and empowerment.

In addition, the delegation is committed to advocating a reset in Haiti's relations with the international community. The goal is to accelerate Haiti's socio-economic progress and promote human rights in the country.

Comprising some twenty people, the delegation includes prominent members of Haitian civil society and the Haitian-American diaspora, including HAFFD board member Michelle Austin Pamies and senior policy advisor Jocelyn McCalla. Their participation underscores HAFFD's commitment to championing justice, equity and positive change for people of African descent.

This initiative reflects the determination of the Haitian-American diaspora and Haitian civil society to work together towards a more just and equitable world.


About the Haitian-American Foundation for Democracy (HAFFD)

The Haitian American Foundation for Democracy (HAFFD) is strongly committed to promoting policies that support democracy, human rights, economic development and inclusion. Its Board of Directors is made up of seasoned personalities dedicated to community service and leadership for over 40 years. Their collective expertise aims to improve the situation of Haiti and its diaspora through public policy, community engagement and philanthropy. HAFFD is also committed to training the next generation of activists for sustainable, positive change, cultivating the necessary skills, vision and resources. As an advocate for equity and representation, HAFFD seeks solutions that benefit both the Haitian-American diaspora and Haiti.


Translated by CHIP editors


Posted April 21, 2024