• International observers establish flaws in Haiti’s October 25 vote

    National Lawyers Guild calls for Independent Investigation By NLG/IADL (NEW YORK, November 24, 2015) – A new report by international election observers concludes that Haiti’s October 25, 2015 presidential and legislative elections fell far short of minimum standards for fair elections, and calls for an independent investigation to address widespread allegations of fraud. “Haiti’s next […]

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  • NLG joins Puerto Rican call for investigation of Dominican judges

    The National Lawyers Guild joined in a complaint by Puerto Rican organizations to the island’s Attorney General, calling for the investigation of crimes against humanity by judges from the Dominican Republic responsible for the violation of Haitians’ human rights in the Dominican Republic. The letter asks the Attorney General to hold the judges in Puerto […]

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  • An Open Letter to Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina

    The following letter was sent to Dominican president Danilo Medina urging the immediate cancellation of the announced targeting and deportation of people of Haitian descent, scheduled to take place as early as June 18. June 17, 2015 President Danilo Medina Avenida México Gazcue, Distrito Nacional Santo Domingo, República Dominicana President Danilo Medina: We are writing […]

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  • NLG Lawyers Issue Report on Rapes in Haiti’s Tent Cities Guild: Lawyers at IJDH, MADRE, and University of Minnesota Lead Report Team

    For Immediate Release July 27, 2010 Contact:Blaine Bookey, Esq., Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haitiblaine@ijdh.org, 415–515-8956 Rape in Haiti:Human Rights Groups Release Comprehensive Report on Violence Against Women and Girls in Post-Earthquake Haiti July 27, 2010; Port-au-Prince, Haiti — More than six months after Port-au-Prince was leveled by the January 12 earthquake, hundreds of […]

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  • Disgraceful Suspension of Medical Evacuations Captures US Indifference to Magnitude of Haitian Suffering

    Listen/watch the interview on Democracy Now!’s website Bill Quigley on Democracy Now! The US military has resumed medical evacuation flights of critically injured Haitian earthquake victims to Florida after suspending the flights for five days. The flights were halted in a cost dispute between Florida and the federal government. Just back from Haiti, Bill Quigley […]

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  • Haiti: Don’t Honor Tainted Election

    Brian Concannon and Ira Kurzban, Miami Herald Late last month, Haiti’s government took the undemocratic and dangerous step of excluding 15 political parties, including Haiti’s most popular party, Fanmi Lavalas, from parliamentary elections scheduled for February and March 2010. The decision threatens not only Haiti’s democracy and stability, but billions in foreign investments financed by […]

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  • IADL Warns Against “Electoral Charade” in Haiti

    Kim Ives, Haiti Liberte This past week saw outcry from legal professionals around the globe against the election fiasco unfolding in Haiti after the Provisional Electoral Council’s exclusion of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s Lavalas Family party (FL) and 13 others from parliamentary elections set for Feb. 28 and Mar. 3, 2010. On Dec. 11, the […]

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  • $19 Million Judgment Upheld Against Former Haitian CIA Agent and Death Squad Leader

    Toto Constant Liable for Rape, Other Torture, Attempted Killing (NEW YORK, December 1, 2009). Today, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a $19 million judgment against Emmanuel “Toto” Constant, the former leader of Haiti’s notorious death squad known as FRAPH, concluding “there is no basis on which to challenge the judgment of the district […]

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  • Haitian Death Squad Leader Emmanuel Constant Sentenced in New York

    Brian Concannon, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti Haitian death squad leader Emmanuel Toto Constant was sentenced today in Kings County Supreme Court in New York, by Judge Abraham Gerges, on mortgage fraud charges. According to the Sentencing Memorandum, the full sentence should be between 12 and 37 years. It is not yet clear […]

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  • National Lawyers Guild Applauds Inter-American Court Decision Upholding the Human Rights of Former Haitian Prime Minister Yvon Neptune

     Urges Rapid Compliance With Judgment The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) welcomes the recent decision from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) finding that the State of Haiti has violated 11 provisions of the American Convention on Human Rights by illegally imprisoning former Haitian Prime Minister Yvon Neptune for two years and by continuing to […]

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