Human Rights in Haiti, Feb-May 2004

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Human Rights in Haiti, Feb-May 2004

Post by » Thu Jul 29, 2004 6:39 pm


Attached [ http://haitiforever.com/windowsonhaiti/IJDH.pdf ] is a report from the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) on human rights in Haiti from late February to mid-May 2004. The report is based on reports to IJDH's staff in Haiti and follow-up interviews, and focusses on serious human rights violations, especially killings and disappearances, over that period.

The report has two main purposes: 1) to amplify the voices of grassroots activists and residents of poor urban and rural areas, who constitute a majority of Haiti's people but whose perspective is consistently marginalized in debates and reporting both inside Haiti and abroad; 2) to document the fact that there have been massive, systematic violations of human rights since February's coup d'etat. The report is not a comprehensive survey of human rights in Haiti over that period. Inste
ad it complements the work of other organizations, such as Amnesty International, that have written more comprehensive reports but did not have an in-depth focus on victims from poor areas.

The report contains graphic photographs of victims of human rights violations. Although the photos are disturbing, they are a small sample of a very disturbing reality in Haiti. By representing that reality, we hope to help others avoid the same horrible fate as the men and women in the photographs. Copies of the report without the photographs are available from IJDH.

Brian Concannon Jr.
Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
Brianhaiti@aol.com

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