Haiti's most prominent human rights defender, Attorney Mario Joseph, will speak in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa from Feb 23 to 28. The full listing of his speaking events can be found here on this website. He will speak on the following dates and times:
- Montreal: Sunday, Feb. 23, 4 pm (en français), 10007 rue Parthenais, organized by CUMAJ and Haïti Action Montreal; and Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 pm, 1212 rue Panet (anglais et français), organized by Haïti Action Montreal, others.
- Toronto: Monday, Feb. 24, 7 pm, at U of T, 45 Willcocks St. (New College). Organized by Toronto Haiti Action Committee.
- Ottawa: Friday, Feb. 28, 7 pm, 233 Gilmour St., one block west of Elgin. Organized by Akasan, Kozayiti/Ottawa Haiti Solidarity Committee, others.
Ten years after Haiti's coup d'état: The human rights record
On February 29th, 2004, military and diplomatic forces from Canada, the US, and France occupied key positions of Haiti's capital and orchestrated the removal of the country's elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. According to many human rights defenders in Haiti and internationally, the result has been a human rights disaster.
Mario Joseph has played a central role in fighting for the human and democratic rights of the Haitian people – even in the danger and chaos following this notorious coup d'etat ten years ago. His talks in Canada will offer a fresh and unmediated view of the political and human rights picture in contemporary Haiti. What has been the legacy of the 2004 coup in the realm of human rights? What role has Canada played, and what role should it be playing, in Haiti? These and other topics will be explored.
Mario Joseph is Haiti's "most prominent human rights lawyer" (New York Times). He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours in the field of law and human rights, including the Katharine and George Alexander law prize of Santa Clara Law School (2009). In 2013, he was a final nominee for the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. His office in Port au Prince is the Bureau des avocats internationaux (Office of International Lawyers). Together with its partner office in Boston, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, the BAI has spearheaded the historic legal action against the United Nations over the world body's negligence in the arrival and spread of cholera in Haiti in 2010. The cholera epidemic has killed more than 8,000 Haitian people.