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Universal Periodic Review: Opportunity to Endorse Human Rights Reports

You.Me.We. is working with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, to coordinate the preparation of reports on human rights violations in Haiti as part of the Universal Periodic Review of Haiti that will take place before the UN Human Rights Council in October 2011.  

We welcome your input on any of the 9 reports we will be submitting, and invite you and your organizations to sign on to any reports that you would like to endorse.

Our goal in undertaking this project is not to speak on behalf of the Haitian people, but to provide legal expertise and technical assistance to people in Haiti who wish to engage the international community for themselves through the UPR process.  We have provided several UPR trainings in Port au Prince to grass roots organizations and delegations of displaced people who live in the camps.  We agreed during those trainings to undertake the manual task of writing and coordinating reports for Haitians who are determining what particular issues should be addressed in the reports. 

Attached here are draft reports on elections, prison conditions, and environmental rights.  Drafts of reports on housing/forced evictions, the role of MINUSTAH, rights-based approach to food and water, gender-based violence, education, rights of the child, will be coming out in the next few days.  These reports are also being translated into French and Kreyol for circulation among our partners in Haiti. 

Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information, or would like to add your name to any of the reports. 

Mesi anpil!


-Kathy  Bergin


Information about the UPR process and guidelines for the report are available at the links below.

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