Access to Justice and Fight Against Impunity in Haiti (AJULIH)
Presentation and objectives
This project, launched in autumn 2017, aims to strengthen the protection of the human rights of people in situations of vulnerability, including women, minors and detainees. The project seeks to mobilize the Haitian population in order to stimulate inclusive and accountable governance that will contribute to creating a real democratic counterweight. It aims to make civil society a strong institution and an essential actor in strengthening justice, a prerequisite for consolidating the rule of law.
More precisely, its activities consist of three main components:
- access to justice: enabling the Office de la protection du citoyen (OPC) to contribute more effectively to the protection and implementation of human rights, through better documentation of human rights violations, increased provision of community-based services and increased advocacy, so that it can make recommendations and propose solutions to the State;
- the fight against impunity: enabling civil society organizations (CSOs) and lawyers representing victims of human rights violations to make a difference through legal and judicial channels, while developing their capacity to fight impunity and corruption;
- citizen participation: increasing citizen participation in strengthening the rule of law through more effective advocacy, capacity building of civil society organizations and awareness-raising among the general public, in particular youth, on human rights advocacy, the fight against impunity, corruption and transitional justice.
At the end of the project, LWBC hopes that:
- unconstitutional laws, which discriminate against women, children, stateless persons, sexual minorities or detainees, will be invalidated by the courts and that this will lead to reforms that will change the justice system in the country;
- the fight against impunity will be reinforced through strengthened civil society organizations and lawyers who will achieve judicial victories against those responsible for human rights violations;
- the most marginalized and deprived citizens will now have access to a complaints and access to justice mechanism that allows the OPC to effectively improve their situation;
- the Office de la protection du citoyen will provide a voice for people in situations of vulnerability, clearly identify violations of their rights and promote sustainable solutions through advocacy and strong recommendations to the government;
- Haitian citizens, informed and nourished by the work of the OPC, civil society and its lawyers, will actively participate in dialogue with the State and become an engine of social change.
Collectif contre l'impunité
Fondation Konesans ak Libète (FOKAL)
Office de la Protection du Citoyen (OPC)
Canadian partners and collaborators
Centre d’étude et de coopération internationale (CECI)
École nationale d’administration publique (ÉNAP)
Protecteur du citoyen du Québec
Affaires mondiales Canada (AMC)