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NCHR Reiterates Call for Special Court to Handle Political Crimes
New York, April 3, 2006 – Six years ago today, radio broadcast pioneer and democracy advocate Jean Léopold Dominique was gunned down on the steps of Radio Haiti Inter shortly before he was to begin the morning’s news broadcasts. His murderers also killed the radio station’s groundskeeper, Jean-Claude Louissaint... René Préval’s recent election in Haiti may provide a real opportunity for justice in the Dominique case to be given the attention it deserves.The government of Haiti should promptly establish an interim prosecutorial machine – a special court or prosecutor – to which the international community should commit significant resources so that justice reigns supreme.>>>

Quelle Importance Jean Dominique?
Plaidoirie de Michèle Montas et de Jan Dominique
New York, le 3 avril 2006 --
"La réponse nous vient de ceux qui sont victimes au quotidien des abus de pouvoir de petits chefs, de l’exclusion, de la marginalisation et des dénis de justice, ceux qui en masse ont voté le 7 février pour la fin de l’insécurité, sachant parfaitement que ce monstre a été nourri à la mamelle de l’impunité et de l’injustice, ceux qui se sont battus depuis 30 ans contre l’état prévaricateur et corrupteur, pour mettre fin aux jeux destructeurs de pouvoir et d’argent, et pour changer la vie." Lisez la suite en cliquant sur la flèche >>>

Turning Haiti Around
March 2, 2006 -- On February 7, 2006, more than 2 million Haitian voters went to the polls to choose a new President and new Senators and Assemblymen. They came undeterred by disabilities, hardships or illiteracy, and waited patiently and calmly in long lines to cast their vote despite the slow, frustrating and chaotic process. When the polls closed, national and international observers hailed the vote as free and fair. We salute the people of Haiti whose dignified and exemplary behavior on election-day commands all of us to seek progress and build a viable democracy in Haiti through non-violent means.>>>

Haiti: The Most Expensive Elections To Date May Yield Little Benefit
New York, November 21, 2005 -- Haiti is lurching towards national elections that may cost the impoverished country as much as $100 million. “These elections may be the most expensive Haitian vote to date,” says Jocelyn McCalla, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Haitian Rights (NCHR), “but conditions for stable democratic progress barely exist. Consequently, electoral democracy may not trigger the functional democracy that Haitians yearn for.” >>>

NCHR-Haiti Does Not Speak for the National Coalition for Haitian Rights (NCHR)
New York, March 11, 2005 -- Pierre Esperance, Director of NCHR-Haiti, released earlier today a statement critical of the decision by UN and Haitian authorities in Haiti to provide emergency medical treatment to former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune whose health has steadily worsened since he began a hunger strike 19 days ago. “Neither Mr. Esperance, nor any member of the staff of NCHR-Haiti, speak for or on behalf of the National Coalition for Haitian Rights (NCHR), its board or its staff,” said Jocelyn McCalla, Executive-Director of the NY-based human rights organization. Initially established as a field office of the NCHR in 1992, NCHR-Haiti has functioned independently for several years, raising its own funds and setting its own agenda and governance structure. >>>

In Keeping With Tradition, Haiti Delivers Swift Injustice
New York, August 17, 2004 -- In less than 24 hours and under cover of darkness, Haiti settled the case of the People of Haiti vs. Chamblain, acquitting the latter of the murder of Antoine Izmery, a businessman killed in broad daylight in 1993 because of his opposition to military rule. >>>

Chamblain's Trial Likely To Be a Whitewash
New York, August 12, 2004 -- The government of Haiti has announced that rebel commander Louis Jodel Chamblain and former Haitian army captain Jackson Joanis will be among those put on trial next week. >>>

Haiti: What of the Rule of Law?
New York, March 21, 2004 -- If Haiti is to rid itself of its destructive cycle of lawlessness and political upheavals, its leaders must resolutely break with the past to rapidly establish and promote respect for human rights and the rule of law. Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the transitional government’s priority. >>>

For Haiti to Live, The Rule of Law Must Be Established Promptly
New York, March 5, 2004 --
After declaring his readiness to die in office to save democracy, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide decided to save himself and perhaps Haiti by fleeing, albeit reluctantly, into exile. Now, there’s a very real possibility that power will fall in the hands of rebels, whose past record of atrocities committed on behalf of military regimes and Aristide’s rule indicate that the rule of law and respect for human rights are the least of their concerns. >>>

Haiti Needs Substantial International Investment In Rule of Law Institutions
New York, February 22, 2004 -- President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s autocratic rule is nearly over. If democracy is to succeed in
Haiti, the US and its allies must invest substantially in the development of neutral police forces and courts. >>>

Right to Peaceful Assembly Denied in Haiti
New York, December 5, 2003 -- NCHR Executive Director Jocelyn McCalla condemns the Haitian government's violent suppression of peaceful student march and rally. >>>



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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights: Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Haiti (1994)


Peacebuilding in Haiti: Findings of the International Peace Academy regarding challenges to peacebuilding in Haiti.

  Peace Brigades International, Haiti: Reports from the PBI contingent in Haiti on conflict resolution and political challenges.
  Situation of Human Rights in Haiti: Report of the UN Commission on Human Rights, 1996.
  MICIVIH OEA/ONU: La police nationale d'Haiti et les droits de l'homme
  State Department 1997 Haiti Report
  Haiti Held Hostage
Report of the Watson Institute
  Amnesty International Report
HAITI Steps Forward, Steps Back: Human Rights 10 Years After the Coup (27/09/2001)

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