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 prisonersï¿½ rights, womenï¿½s 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 Haitiï¿½s 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
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 […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
US will pay for Haitian vote fraud
Brian Concannon and Jeena Shah, Boston Globe THE DECISION last Thursday to recount the votes in Haiti’s disputed elections is like rearranging the chairs on the Titanic. As this week’s continued protests demonstrate, it will not avoid the catastrophe. Resolving Haiti’s election woes requires the financial backers of the flawed election process — especially the […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading