By CHIP website editors, Nov 8, 2014
Author and law professor Fran Quigley has written an important book about Haiti's future. In 'How Human Rights Can Build Haiti: Activists, Lawyers, and the Grassroots Campaign', he covers everything from the Raboteau Massacre trial of the year 2000, the failed post-earthquake recovery and the attempted prosecution of Jean-Claude Duvalier and his cohorts. Quigley demonstrates why a better Haiti will come from the grassroots, up.
The work of the Bureau des avocats internationaux and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti figures largely in the work. The author provides a thorough description of their work.
Woven into the stories he describes are the stories of BAI and IJDH and how a Mario Joseph, small town boy who struggled to pay for school, became the most prominent human rights lawyer in Haiti. This book is a must-read if you want to understand the link between poverty and human rights, and how Haiti is ready for change, with lessons that are applicable not just there, but all over the world. As well, the more attention is focused on the work of the BAI/IJDH, the safer it will be for Mario and the rest of BAI to continue helping Haitians enforce the rights they need to enforce to escape poverty and vulnerability.
The book is available in hardcover and eBook from your local bookseller or online. . A paperback edition will appear next year. Here is information on the book from Vanderbilt University Press. Keep an eye on the IJDH event listing for upcoming book talks with author Fran Quigley across the United States. And here is an excerpt from the book published online in Foreign Affairs.