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Following political crisis Haiti must urgently advance human rights agenda

Haiti’s acceptance of recommendations to ratify the UN Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons and the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness is significant in a situation where tens of thousands of people of Haitian descent born in the neighbouring Dominican Republic have been rendered stateless. Amnesty International urges the Haitian government to work closely with the Dominican government to restore Dominican nationality to those arbitrarily deprived of it in 2013.

Date:
17 March 2017
Ref:
AMR 36/5899/2017
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  • Exploitation of Natural Resources

Americas: New platform highlights rising wave of attacks against environmental activists

On international day of human rights defenders, Amnesty International is launching an innovative online tool to highlight the rising wave of attacks against environmental activists across the Americas. Speak out for Defenders! features dozens of stories of activists from every corner of the Americas who have been harassed, threatened, attacked, unfairly jailed and even killed as punishment for their work to protect the environment.

Date:
10 December 2016
  • Research
  • Americas
  • Detention

Haiti: Internal displacement, forced evictions, statelessness – the catalogue to violations continue

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Haiti in November 2016. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made in its UPR in 2011, noting that while Haiti has taken some steps to address concerns raised in the previous review, more needs to be done to fully implement the recommendations and to address key human rights concerns in the country.

Date:
15 August 2016
Ref:
AMR 36/4658/2016
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  • Haiti
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Haiti: “Where are we going to live?” Migration and statelessness in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Dominican and the Haitian authorities, as well as international organizations and donors, need to respect the commitments they initially made and the obligations they have under international human rights law in order to ensure that Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent are not arbitrarily deported or expelled and that their human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled.

Date:
15 June 2016
Ref:
AMR 36/4105/2016
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  • Discrimination

Haiti/Dominican Republic: Reckless deportations leaving thousands in limbo

The Dominican Republic has unlawfully expelled hundreds of Dominicans to Haiti who have been caught in the middle of a wave of returns and deportations of more than 100,000 people in recent months, Amnesty International said in a new report a year after the Dominican Republic ended a moratorium on deportations on 18 June 2015. “Where are we going to live?” Migration and statelessness in Haiti and the Dominican Republic reveals the reckless way in which the two governments are handling the deportation, expulsion and “spontaneous” return of tens of thousands of people from the Dominican Republic to Haiti following an 18-month long regularization plan for undocumented foreigners living in the Dominican Republic.

Date:
15 June 2016
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Haiti, we have a problem …

Less than a week from now, on 7 February, a new President should take office in Haiti. But there is a problem: Haiti does not have a new president. Relations between President Michel Martelly’s party, Tèt Kale, and the opposition were tense during most of the Martelly’s tenure. But they reached unprecedented levels after the first round of presidential elections on 25 October. As a consequence, the runoff, initially set for 27 December, was postponed twice and now there isn’t even a new date on the books.

Date:
5 February 2016
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UN failing cholera victims in Haiti five years after outbreak

The United Nations is miserably failing the victims of the cholera epidemic its personnel triggered in Haiti five years ago, with thousands left waiting for access to effective medical treatment and compensation, said Amnesty International. “The UN must not just wash its hands of the human suffering and pain that it has caused. Setting up general health programmes and sanitation campaigns is important but not enough.

Date:
13 October 2015
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  • Haiti
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Haiti: Open letter to Paul Evans, the new Prime Minister of Haiti: Make human rights priority for your new government

Amnesty International is writing to you to highlight some human rights issues that our organisation believes your government should address as a matter of priority. These include ensuring the right to freedom of peaceful assembly; protecting human rights defenders; ensuring the independence of the judiciary; and, promoting the right to adequate housing.

Date:
30 January 2015
Ref:
AMR 36/0004/2015
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  • Haiti
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Post-quake Haiti: Left in the rubble

Five years have passed since that terrible Tuesday afternoon. In just a few seconds, a 7. 3 Richter scale earthquake brought Haiti to its knees. Later, the world would watch a stream of shocking images on the news bulletins charting the devastation; from flimsy huts which toppled like dominoes killing so many, to the occasional moment of joy as someone was pulled alive from the clawing clutches of a trap that had once been their home.

Date:
12 January 2015
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  • Haiti
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Ten facts about Haiti’s housing crisis

  Amnesty International’s new report: “15 minutes to leave” - Denial of the right to adequate housing in post-quake Haiti documents the tragic lack of progress made rebuilding the country since the 2010 earthquake five years ago and finds:   1. More than 2 million people were left homeless after the earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010.   2. According to the latest data (September 2014) 123 camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) remain open in Haiti, housing 85,432 people.

Date:
12 January 2015
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  • Haiti
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Haiti: Five years after devastating earthquake tens of thousands still homeless and desperate

Five years on from a devastating earthquake in Haiti, tens of thousands of people remain homeless as government policy failures, forced evictions and short-term solutions have failed many who lost everything in the disaster, said Amnesty International today.   The new report, '15 minutes to leave' - Denial of the right to adequate housing in post-quake Haiti, documents worrying cases of people being forcibly evicted from  temporary, make-shift camps.

Date:
8 January 2015