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Amnesty: Thousands remain homeless in Haiti five years after earthquake
January 9, 2015
Tens of thousands of people who lost everything in the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti are still homeless as a result of government policy failures, forced evictions and failed short-term relief solutions, Amnesty International (AI) reported Thursday. According to the report, the influx of inte....... [more]

Dominican Republic leaves Inter-American Court of Human Rights
November 6, 2014
The Dominican Republic's Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday to withdraw from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), raising concerns about the welfare of the country's migrant population. Following a 1999 report that criticized the Dominican Republic's treatment of Haitians, the IACH....... [more]

Haiti's Fragile Democracy
August 31, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Carasik of Western New England University School of Law discusses what appears to be the politically motivated charges against former president Jean Bertrand Aristide of Haiti ... The latest chapter in a long series of preliminary legal actions against Haitian President....... [more]

New York Bar Association Urges US to Push UN to Accept Responsibility for Cholera Epidemic in Haiti
May 10, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Carasik of Western New England School of Law argues that the UN must change its recent course and uphold its international duties to provide a forum for legal redress to the victims of the Cholera outbreak in Haiti ... Last month, the venerable New York City Bar Associa....... [more]

Haiti court allows trial of former dictator for crimes against humanity
February 21, 2014
A Haitian appellate court ruled on Thursday that former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier can be charged under international law with crimes against humanity committed during his rule. Haitian authorities reopened a criminal case against Duvalier three years ago after he returned to the country....... [more]

Rights groups condemn slow pace of case against former Haiti dictator
January 15, 2014
Two advocacy groups on Wednesday condemned the slow pace of the criminal case against former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier. "A lack of political will and unacceptable court delays are allowing Haiti's former 'president-for-life," Jean-Claude Duvalier to escape justice for human rights viola....... [more]

Human rights lawyers sue UN over Haiti cholera outbreak
October 9, 2013
The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) on Wednesday filed a complaint against the UN for compensation of Haiti's cholera victims and their families. The complaint was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York and comes amid the UN's refusal to compensate t....... [more]

President Lincoln abolished slavery in District of Columbia
April 16, 2013
On April 16, 1862, US President Abraham Lincoln signed "An Act for the Release of certain Persons held to Service or Labor in the District of Columbia" into law. The act abolished slavery in the District of Columbia and created a three-commissioner panel to review petitions for compensation from Uni....... [more]

Former Haiti dictator appears before court after fourth summons
March 1, 2013
Former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier appeared before a Haitian court on Thursday, after previously rebuffing summonses for alleged human rights abuses from 1971-1986. Thursday's hearing marked the first time that the plaintiffs confronted Duvalier. Duvalier had ignored three previous summonses befor....... [more]

Former Haiti dictator again summoned to court after failing to appear
February 22, 2013
A Haitian judge on Thursday ordered former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier to appear in court for a hearing on whether he should face charges for human rights abuses. The summons follows a previous order from nearly two weeks ago by a Haitian appeals court for Duvalier to appear for the hearings, a di....... [more]

Haiti court orders former president Duvalier to appear at human rights hearing
February 8, 2013
An appeals court judge in Haiti on Thursday ordered former president Jean-Claude Duvalier to face charges of abusing human rights. Duvalier returned to Haiti in 2011 after 25 years in exile, prompting an investigation for crimes he committed from 1971-1986. Last January a magistrate judge dismissed....... [more]


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