Haiti Subcommittee

Haiti Subcommittee

The International Committee established the new Haiti Subcommittee in February 2006, two years after the coup ousting democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, to systematize the work that the Guild and Guild members have been doing to promote justice and sovereignty for the Haitian people, and to expand opportunities for Guild members to participate in Haiti advocacy work. The subcommittee's work will include traditional efforts the Guild has undertaken on behalf of the Haitian people, such as preparing human rights reports, issuing press releases, organizing delegations, convention workshops and panels, and pursuing cases before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Guild members are currently working on litigation in Haitian, U.S. and international courts, representing political prisoners in Haiti and political refugees in the U.S., preparing human rights documentation, speaking on human rights in Haiti and supporting grassroots organizing on justice issues in Haiti and the U.S.

The Haiti Subcommittee is currently organizing a series of legal delegations to Haiti focusing on such topics as prisoners� rights, women�s right and labor issues. The delegations are an excellent way for Guild members to get involved in work for justice in Haiti and to publicize the current situation on the ground there. Upon return from any of the delegations, participating Guild members will draft a report of their findings, which could be used in conjunction with petitions to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, as a way to publicize conditions in Haiti, or as a tool to educate elected representatives.

The Haiti Subcommittee is co-sponsoring a workshop for the 2006 Convention on the use of U.S. "democracy promotion" programs to undermine progressive governments in Latin America. The Subcommittee encourages all interested members to attend the workshop to learn more about how the U.S. used the National Endowment for Democracy and other tools to systematically undermine Haiti�s democratic governments.

For more information on human rights and the rule of law in Haiti, please visit the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti's (IJDH) web site at www.HaitiJustice.org. To read IJDH's Haiti Justice blog, visit www.blog.ijdh.org. 

Haiti Subcommittee News Archives, 2007-2014

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Haiti Subcommittee Updates

  • March 5, Online: Abolish Imperialism: Findings of the International People’s Tribunal on U.S. Imperialism

    As part of the NLG Week of Abolition, join the Harvard Law School Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild for a conversation with facilitators and jurists of the International People’s Tribunal on U.S. Imperialism. This event will take place Tuesday, March 5, from 12:15-1:20 PM Eastern (GMT-5) on Zoom and in person at Harvard Law […]

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  • Statement: We Denounce UN Security Council’s Approval to Send a Kenya-led Mission to Haiti

    The National Lawyers Guild International is one of many signatories to the statement below, issued by the Black Alliance for Peace: WE DENOUNCE UN SECURITY COUNCIL’S APPROVAL TO SEND A KENYA-LED MISSION TO HAITI We, the undersigned, strongly condemn the decision by the United States and its allies to deploy a foreign military force to […]

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  • Sept. 29-30, NYC and Livestream: Closing of the International People’s Tribunal on U.S. Imperialism – Sanctions, Blockades, Coercive Economic Measures

    RSVP Online: https://peoplesforum.org/tribunal After nine powerful months of international hearings on sanctions & economic coercive measures, we announce the closing event of the International People’s Tribunal on U.S. Imperialism: Sanctions, Blockades, and Economic Coercive Measures. Hosted over two days, September 29 and 30, at the People’s Forum in New York City, this concluding chapter will not only deliver our […]

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  • NLG Condemns Biden Administration’s Violent Deportation of Haitian Asylum Seekers

    The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) strongly denounces the Biden Administration’s racist brutality against Haitians at the U.S.-Mexico border and their mass expulsion and deportation, in violation of US law and of their internationally recognized rights to seek asylum. The NLG reiterates and supports the comprehensive statement from the Haiti Action Committee, and offers the following additional […]

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  • NLG joins 164 organizations to demand: Stop Deportations to Haiti

    The National Lawyers Guild joined a coalition of 164 organizations to demand an end to deportations to Haiti, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The press release and the letter with signatories are republished below: As 3 deportees to Haiti and 75 Deportees to Guatemala Test Positive for Coronavirus, 164 Organizations from the U.S. and Haiti […]

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  • Report: The Lasalin Massacre and the Human Rights Crisis in Haiti

    NLG San Francisco Bay Area president and NLG International Committee member Judith Mirkinson participated in an April fact-finding trip to Haiti on the Lasalin Massacre. The NLG and the Haiti Action Committee released the following report documenting their findings, The Lasalin Massacre and the Human Rights Crisis in Haiti. “The Lasalin massacre was designed to punish and destroy a neighborhood long known as […]

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  • 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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  • Haiti Committee Annual Report

    MEMORANDUM To: NLG International Committee From: Haiti Subcommittee Date: December 25, 2010 Re: Annual Report The Haiti Subcommittee has had a busy year. Although Haiti was devastated repeatedly by natural and political disasters, the progressive legal community in the United States stepped up to the task in solidarity with our Haitian colleagues including many Guild […]

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