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Order now: 'How Human Rights Can Build Haiti'

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Author and law professor Fran Quigley has written a book about the Bureau des avocats internationaux and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. BAI and IJDH have been mentioned in many articles but this is the first time there’s been a book about the work of the two legal offices. Quigley explains their work thoroughly.

In 'How Human Rights Can Build Haiti: Activists, Lawyers, and the Grassroots Campaign', he covers everything from the Raboteau Massacre trial, the failed post-earthquake recovery and the prosecution of Jean-Claude Duvalier and his cohorts. Quigley demonstrates why a better Haiti will come from the grassroots, up.

The anarchy of globalization

By Michael Perelman, Counterpunch, October 28, 2014

Globalization, in some ways, resembles the process of climate change. Both are dangerous, out‑of‑control processes that move along virtually unhindered. Both are global in nature with very diverse local effects. In one respect, they are different; climate changes had little effect on globalization, while globalization has had a major impact on climate change. One obvious example is the commodification of forests around the world that are being destroyed provide raw materials for a globalized world.

Cholera, collaboration and justice

By Brian Concannon, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, Oct 24, 2014

"Today we took another important step towards justice with a hearing in Manhattan Federal Court, on whether the UN could hide behind immunity if it refused to uphold its end of the bargain by providing the victims an alternate mechanism for justice..."

As thousands march demanding his resignation: Martelly dances on Dessalines’ grave

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By Thomas Péralte & Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, October 22, 2014

On Oct. 17, the 208th anniversary of the assassination of Haiti's founding father Jean-Jacques Dessalines, tens of thousands of demonstrators took to Haiti's streets, once again, to demand the unconditional resignation of President Michel Joseph Martelly.

In an effort to undercut the protest, Martelly and his Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe did what they do best: they organized a one-day Carnival, with big-name bands like Djakout and T-Vice (and, of course Martelly's son, Ti Micky), on the former runway of the old military airport near Pont Rouge, where Dessalines was killed in an ambush in 1806. The government publicized the festive extravaganza, so disrespectful on such a somber occasion, via recorded robot messages over the Digicel cell phone network.

Activists and law in Haiti: multi-level human rights campaigns to find justice

By Fran Quigley,, October 22, 2014

Chris Jochnick recently posed a critically important question when he asked if courts, activists and lawyers really can make a difference on poverty. And I think we can safely say yes.

Haiti cholera victims get a hearing in US court

By Olivia Crellin,, October 22, 2014

Delama Georges lives one stop from the end of the No. 2 train line in Brooklyn, right next to Holy Cross Cemetery. His proximity to so much death did not bother him until Nov. 9, 2011, when he learned that both his parents contracted cholera during a visit to his sister in Haiti. While Georges’ mother lay in a coma, brought on by dehydration from violent vomiting and diarrhea, his father died, joining more than 8,500 Haitians who died in the epidemic, which began four years ago this month. 

The UN's occupation of Haiti -- A structure of global complicity

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By Lorenzo Fiorito,, October 17, 2014

The United Nations Security Council has renewed for one year its military occupation of Haiti. The body met on October 14, 2014 and talked for 25 minutes before approving a renewal of the mandate of United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for another year.