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A marathon worth running: Haiti seven years on

After seven years there’s much to be hopeful about in Haiti, and still much work to do.

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Seven years ago today, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti. Its epicenter was not far from the Port-au-Prince metro area, home to one of every four Haitians. Read More

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Seven Years after the Earthquake

Press Contact: Nicole Phillips, Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) [email protected] (510) 715-2855

Seven Years after the Earthquake: Haiti in an unprecedented humanitarian, food, and climate crisis

(Click here to see all the sponsoring organizations: HAWG Press Release 2 12 2017 – FINAL)

January 12, 2017 – Washington, DC – On the seventh anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince, human rights groups, faith-based organizations, policy institutes and humanitarian organizations would like to honor those who lost their lives in the earthquake, as well as those who lost their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Report

Review of “Progress Report” on Haiti

New Release from CEPR

For Immediate Release: December 20, 2016
Contact: Dan Beeton, (202) 239-1460

Washington, DC —
A new paper from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and the Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) reviews reports released by the US State Department on contracts for Haiti aid and finds significant omissions and deficiencies, including incomplete data, a failure to link projects and outcomes, and a failure to adequately identify mistakes and lessons learned.
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Gender & Human Rights

Situation of Human Rights in Haiti

A group of human rights organizations sent a letter to the Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Haiti, Gustavo Gallon.

The letter summarizes the continued effect of the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew and offers suggestions for effective assistance. Most of the information used in the report comes from direct input from communities impacted by the hurricane. Read More

Elections and Democracy

Election Observation Coalition Press Release

Preliminary Observations of the Coalition regarding the organization and the holding of the November 20, 2016 Elections:

On November 20 2016, the presidential and partial legislative elections were held in the national territory.

The Coalition of Electoral Observation composed of the following organizations observed the process leading up to the aforementioned election:

  • Solidarity of Haitian Women – SOFA
  • Council of National Electoral Observers – CNO
  • Council of Non-State Haitian Actors – CONHANE
  • National Human Rights Defense Network – RNDDH
  • Center for Research and Analysis of Human Rights – CARDH
  • Platform of Haitian Human Rights Organizations – POHDH

Before presenting its detailed report regarding the electoral process and election day, the Coalition wishes to share its first observations and impressions to all those interested in the issue. Read More

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Update Pt. 2: Cholera plan at the UN

“On August 19th, the Secretary-General announced a new approach to cholera in Haiti. The Secretary-General is actively working to develop a proposal on material assistance and support to those most directly affected by the cholera epidemic. At the same time, the UN, in partnership with the Haitian Government, is intensifying its support to treating and reducing cholera, and ultimately ending the transmission of the disease. Read More

Cholera Epidemic

Update: Cholera Advocacy

For those who have followed HAWG’s cholera advocacy and supported our campaign: your support has enabled our campaign to achieve what just six months ago seemed impossible.  Very significant steps towards cholera justice have been taken in recent weeks. We’d like you to know just what you helped make happen:

  • On September 20, 2016 at the opening of the UNGA, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed “tremendous regret and sorrow at the profound suffering of Haitians affected by cholera” and said that “time has come for a new approach to ease the plight and better their lives”
  • Earlier that month the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights criticized the UN’s approach as “morally unconscionable, legally indefensible, and politically self-defeating”

A UN issued report recommended that the UN Secretariat take four steps:

  1. Issue an apology and an acceptance of responsibility in the name of the Secretary-General;
  2. Acknowledge that the claims submitted by victims are private law claims and therefore require an appropriate remedy;
  3. Provide adequate compensation for victims
  4. Ensure consultation with stakeholders in a transparent manner

The UN later announced that it is mobilizing $400 million for the new response to be delivered via a two track system.  Read More

Elections and Democracy

Elections Part V: The International Community

From the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)