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Urgent Action: Fear for Safety of Human Rights Defender
Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:47

Urgent action from Amnesty International

On 2 April Pierre Espérance, a prominent Haitian human rights defender, received a letter containing a bullet and death threats related to his work. There are fears for his safety and that of other human rights defenders in the country. On 2 April, Pierre Espérance, executive director of the National Human Rights Defence Network (Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains, RNDDH), one of Haiti’s leading human rights organizations, received a threatening letter at the organization’s office.

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Monday, 10 March 2014 09:10

Report Confirms Cholera as a Grave Violation of the Right to Water in Haiti

Cholera struck Haiti in October 2010. It was the first time that the country had ever recorded an outbreak of the disease which has now become the largest single country epidemic in the world. A recent report published by the John Marshall Law School and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti provides a case study of strategies used and examines the difficulties that victims who have sought accountability have faced.

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Friday, 07 March 2014 12:37

The Economist Reports on Haiti's Cholera Epidemic: Immune Response

Article Source: The Economist, March 4th 2014

LAST month the United Nations’ Independent Expert on Human Rights in Haiti delivered his annual assessment (French version here) of the state of the poorest country in the Americas. Gustavo Gallon, a respected Colombian jurist, wrote of many troubling—and familiar--problems. They included prolonged pre-trial detention for 80% of all prisoners in Haitian jails; institutional “brittleness” on account of long-delayed elections to the Senate and local bodies; rising homicide rates; and a depressing predilection for public lynching, which indicates little confidence in the justice system. 

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Friday, 07 March 2014 13:06

Report on Human Rights Situation in Haiti by Independent Expert

Gustavo Gallón, a leading human rights expert, has published a report on the ongoing human rights situation in Haiti. He mentions a number of key and complex aspects concerning human rights in the country. As an independent expert, he led a mission to Haiti in September 2013 in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel. Following this trip, he identified the following five problems that merit urgent attention in the country.

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:37
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Everyone knows that Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Few people however know that the EU is the largest single development aid donor to the country. Yet for more than 15 years, the European Commission has failed to provide the European Parliament and the European taxpayer with even the most basic national development assessment for the hundreds of millions of Euros invested in Haiti. This case study aims to underline some of the principal concerns we have regarding EU aid spending in Haiti and will also offer some practical suggestions to MEPs for action on aid accountability and policy.


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The Haiti Briefing, published in English and French, is the key publication of the Haiti Support Group. Published quarterly, since 1992, it provides our members, Haiti watchers and decision-makers with analysis of Haiti's development issues, reflected through the voices of popular organisations on the ground. Back issues are available in our archive. The latest issue (No. 75) analyses the situation at the Caracol Industrial Plant, a $424,000,000 assembly plant "development" project that has created fewer than 2000 less-than-minimum wage jobs. Production may benefit foreign investors and consumers but it certainly is of no benefit to Haitian workers.

All issues of Haiti Briefing are now free for all to download! (simply register at the link first if prompted) - please click here.  



HSG Campaigning

Since 1992 the primary objective of the Haiti Support Group has been to amplify the voices of civil society organisations (CSOs) demonstrating an alternative vision of development in Haiti. Such CSOs are often ignored in official decision-making processes leading to policies with dire consequences for the Haitian poor.

You can reverse that history in solidarity with those working for real change, by supporting our campaigns and those of grassroots groups in Haiti: click here.

HSG Lobbying

Secondly, we carry the views of Haitian CSOs to decision-makers in local and foreign governments, NGOs, IGOs, the media and the public. We aim to ensure that the experience of Haiti's poor are heard in the corridors of power and among those who can influence them as activists, voters and reporters.

To that end the HSG has joined the Brussels-based advocacy platform Coordination Europe-Haiti as well as the Haiti Advocacy Working Group in Washington.

HSG on the ground

Thirdly, we build links between CSOs in Haiti and their equivalents in the developed world. To that end, we work with trade unions, church groups, women's organisations, and many others. In this way we help build a public lobby for a pro-poor development vision based on the experience of our Haitian CSO contacts. 

We are also linking Haitian CSOs with each other, to encourage more effective advocacy on the ground, through our Haitian correspondent.