Haitian Women’s Rights Activist Testify Before UN

Haitian Women’s Rights Activist Leaves Camp for Displaced People to Testify Before the UN Human Rights Council

Today, June 8, the United Nations Human Rights Council gather in Geneva to hear testimony from Malya Villard-Appolon, a Haitian women’s rights activist  who has lived in the camps for displaced people since the earthquake destroyed her home in January. Ms. Appolon, a leader of KOFAVIV, a Haitian grassroots women’s organization, has witnessed the rapes in the camps and the lack of a coordinated or effective response to these persistent threats. Ms. Appolon said,

“We want to tell the Human Rights Council that the systems for protecting women in the camps are broken. We get no protection from the police, or the peacekeepers. We feel we do not have access to the rooms where decisions about our safety are made. We need the support and commitment of the international community.”

Lawyers from MADRE, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), and the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP, who recently returned from a delegation to Haiti and will be accompanying Ms. Appolon.

Common Dreams.org

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