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[Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti] [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti] .MICIVIH, HISTORY AND STRUCTURE
.OBSERVATION AND VERIFICATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
.INSTITUTION BUILDING
.HUMAN RIGHTS PROMOTION
.MICIVIH AND ELECTIONS
.PHOTO LIBRARY

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    PRESENTATION OF MICIVIH

  1. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Delmas, Haiti, July, 1996: Ambassador Colin Granderson, a Trinidadian diplomat, has led the OAS/UN International Civilian Mission in Haiti (MICIVIH) since its creation in 1993
  2. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Delmas, July, 1996: Some of the international and local staff are shown here in a group photo taken outside the central office, flanked by the flags of the United Nations and the Organization of American States.

    MICIVIH'S ARRIVAL

  3. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Port-au-Prince Airport, February 14, 1993: Colin Granderson and Michael Muller arrive with the first group of MICIVIH observers. The Haitian Military are waiting for them.

    VERIFICATION OF THE RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DURING THE 1991-1994 COUP D'ÉTAT

  4. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Petionville, August, 1993: MICIVIH observer Lizbeth Cullity observes political activists' attempt to exercise their freedom of expression during operation "Kole Foto", as they post flyers. Antoine Izmery is walking towards MICIVIH observers when the Haitian soldiers cause a panic by opening fire.

    MICIVIH'S EVACUATION

  5. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]October, 1993: MICIVIH is evacuated because of insecurity.
  6. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Painting of MICIVIH's Evacuation, 1994, by Jean Louis..

    MEDICAL UNIT

  7. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Painting of Observers Interviewing a Victim, 1993, by Jean Louis.
  8. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Poster of MICIVIH's "Medicine and Human Rights Conference" May 25, 1996.
    Enlargement of the Poster

    TRAINING SEMINARS FOR THE PROMOTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS : MICIVIH organized seminars for a cross-section of Haitians to promote the respect of human rights and understand the function of democratic institutions.

  9. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Jacmel, July, 1996: Observers Marc André Dorel (standing) and Leah Werchick (sitting) speaking during a seminar for law students in Jacmel.
  10. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Saint Marc, July, 1996: MICIVIH organized a number of meetings between local journalists and the Haitian National Police in most of Haiti's main provincial towns in an effort to help the two sides get along better and promote respect for human rights. Two observers, Michael Tarr (right) and Carlos Castillo (left) are seen at one of the meetings moderated by Inter Press Service reporter Ives Marie Channel (standing by the blackboard with finger raised).

    MICIVIH'S PROMOTION OF RELATIONS BETWEEN JUDGES AND POLICE :

  11. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Marigot, July, 1996: MICIVIH organized meetings between the police and representatives of the judicial and penal system to promote cooperation and coordination between them. Observer Tamara Thompson (right) speaks with a police officer outside the police station in Marigot before one of the meetings.
  12. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Delmas, July, 1996: MICIVIH observes the Haitian National Police (HNP), in particular how they treat prisoners while they are waiting to be brought before a judge. Hannah Taylor (left) and Claudia Mojica (center) are gathering information from the head of personnel at the Delmas station in metropolitan Port-au-Prince.
  13. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Petionville, July, 1996: Based on information received on the ground, MICIVIH writes a report on the police. In July, 1996, MICIVIH releases the 56-page report on the work of the police and the human rights situation one year after the Haitian National Police force was launched in Haiti. MICIVIH observers Hannah Taylor (right) and Claudia Mojica (left) are seen interviewing Petionville Police Commissioner Mario Andresol.

    MICIVIH'S FOLLOW-UP ON THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM :

  14. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Aquin, July, 1996. Criminal court sessions should be held two times a year in more an a dozen towns throughout the country. They represent a key element in the Haitian judicial system and are monitored closely by MICIVIH observers. Chris Thomas observes a lawyer addressing the court during a criminal trial session in front of the judge.
  15. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Gonaives, July, 1996: MICIVIH monitors the working of the judicial apparatus at all levels. MICIVIH observer Cecily Lawrence-Silla (right) at work getting information from a court official in the south of Gonaives' tribunal de paix (the lowest level of court).

    MICIVIH VISITS THE PRISONS: MICIVIH regularly visits Haiti's prisons to verify the respect of detainees' rights and to make recommendations to the National Penitentiary Administration

  16. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Aquin, July, 1996: MICIVIH observer Mohamed Djilane (left) is seen here asking questions to a defense lawyer during the semi-annual criminal assizes in Aquin.
  17. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]St. Marc Prison, September, 1995: Observer Maria-Isabel Vargas (United Nations Volunteer) traveled around the country to teach administrative personnel of the National Penitentiary Administration (APENA) (left) how to keep good prison registration records. In St. Marc, observers Margareth Harris (right) and Piedad Roman-Espina follow APENA closely during regular visits.
  18. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Jacmel, July, 1996: Observer Paula Hacopian (right) speaks with prisoners in the cells of Jacmel's prison. A penal agent in uniform can be seen in the background.
  19. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Port-au-Prince, May 1997: Verification of prison conditions and the treatment of prisoners in Haitian detention centers constitutes a fundamental aspect of MICIVIH's human rights monitoring work. Recommendations are regularly made to Haitian authorities in an effort to improve respect for due process. Pictured here, a typical scene in a Haitian detention center.
  20. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Cap Haitien, May 1997: MICIVIH observers based in Haiti's second largest city conduct regular visits to the local prison where they inquire about respect for judicial and penal procedures.
  21. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Port-au-Prince, May 1997: A MICIVIH legal officer visits the women's section of the Fort National prison. Since the return to constitutional government, prison administration officials have consistently enforced the legal requirement calling for the separation of male and female prisoners. Nonetheless, female minors in detention continue to share a single cell with their adult counterparts at this prison.

    MICIVIH AND FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY:

  22. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Gonaives, September, 1995: Exhumation of victims of organized violence during the coup d'état. MICIVIH staff Javier Hernandez (standing at the far left), Denis Racicot (leaning in the front), and Jose Pablo Baraybar, forensic anthropologist with the Mission, (crouching in the center) working in collaboration with the National Truth and Justice Commission.
  23. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Gonaives, September 1995: Bones from victims of the coup d'état unearthed in Gonaives at the initiative of the National Commission of Truth and Justice.

    MICIVIH AND UNSMIH (UNITED NATIONS SUPPORT MISSION IN HAITI):

  24. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Aquin, July, 1996: MICIVIH observers often work closely with UNSMIH personnel, especially members of the International Civilian Police. Chris Thomas (right) exchange information with a CIVPOL police outside the Aquin courthouse.

    MICIVIH AND OAS:

  25. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Exterior of the Port-au-Prince City Hall, December, 1995. MICIVIH Executive Director Colin Granderson, who was acting as director of the OAS Electoral Mission, outside a Communal Electoral Office during the presidential elections.

    PROMOTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS: MICIVIH encourages local artists to paint murals promoting human rights themes in the towns for contests and annual town celebrations.

  26. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]1995-1996:[Space] 1995-1996: Six murals made by Haitian artists as part of a human rights promotion campaign launched around the country; first series.
  27. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]1995-1996:[Space] Mural paintings; second series.
  28. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Gonaives, May 1997: MICIVIH observer oversees a human rights promotion seminar. Participants engage in a close reading of the Haitian constitution and learn about the proper role of the police in a democratic society.
  29. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Cap Haitien, May 1997: MICIVIH observers host local radio talk shows in towns around the country to encourage discussion about the police, the judicial system and other human rights issues. Pictured here, Simona Silvestri interview a local judge.

    THE HAITIAN NATIONAL POLICE (HNP):

  30. [Image belonging to the U.N Mission in Haiti][Space]Cap Haitien, May 1997: In the spring of 1997 MICIVIH conducted an intensive conflict resolution training series for community police officers in Cap Haitien. The training sought to improve the analytical and communications skills of officers and to explore ways of taking a more proactive role in the community in preventing crime. Afterwards, some of the officers began a training-of-trainers program to share these skills with other colleagues in other precincts in the North. The Cap Haitien Commissariat, with assistance from CIVPOL, is the first police precinct in Haiti to restructure its force on a model of Community Policing. Here UN CIVPOL officers and MICIVIH observers are seen attending one of the training-of-trainers sessions.

    MICIVIH PAINTINGS

  31. MICIVIH Arrival: Before and After
  32. November, 1995, Montagne Noire, Colin Granderson receives the painting of K.J. Martial

Photos 3,4,5 are graciously offered by photographer Daniel MOREL.
Photos 1,2,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,18,25 UNSMIH, Antonio BRUNO.
Photos 22 et 23 by observer Michèle MORRIS.
Photos 17, 24 32 by Isabelle ABRIC.
Photos 6,7,8,26,27,31 by Marc STEED.
Photos 26, 27 by J-F PRODUCTIONS.
Photos 19,20,21,30 by Eskinder DEBEBE.

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