Joint Statement from U.S. Human Rights Clinics in Solidarity with Human Rights Defenders in Haiti

Joint Solidarity Statement June 27, 2022

As U.S.-based law school clinics working in solidarity with Haitian civil society, we call on the United States government to take urgent steps to address the rising insecurity and gang violence in Haiti, including threats against human rights defenders. We are deeply concerned that the United States’ continued support for de facto Prime Minister Ariel Henry despite strong evidence of his government’s involvement in this violence is reinforcing impunity and hindering a Haitian-led solution to the worsening political crisis. We call on the U.S. government to support Haitian-led investigation of and accountability for human rights abuses; take concrete, effective steps to enforce U.S. laws on arms trafficking; and shift support from Dr. Henry towards an inclusive and Haitianled political process.

Read the complete statement here.


For more information, please contact:

Ellie Happel, Haiti Justice and International Accountability Project Co-Director Global Justice Clinic, New York University School of Law 206-816-0544

Margaret Satterthwaite, Professor of Clinical Law & Director Global Justice Clinic, New York University School of Law 347-277-5035

Beatrice Lindstrom, Clinical Instructor International Human Rights Clinic, Harvard Law School 617-495-1654 James Silk, Binger Clinical Professor of Human Rights

Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, Yale Law School 203-432-1729


Posted July 26, 2022