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    • Journalism and Human Rights ( French, January 13, 996, 60 minutes )
      Filmed in Port-au-Prince (BETACAM edited in SP)
      Respect for human rights is a new idea for Haitian journalists. MICIVIH organized a 'Human Rights and the Press' conference in Port-au-Prince for journalists to better understand their role and responsibility in the area of human rights. Topics range from investigative techniques of human rights observers to the role of the judicial system. This programme is used as a tool to help train journalists.
    • Journalism and Police (Creole/ August, 1996, 7 minutes)
      Filmed in Port-au-Prince (BETACAM edited in BETACAM SP/NTSC)
      There have been a series of conflicts and misunderstanding between the new Haitian National Police and members of the media. The programme introduces police officers and journalists, each stating their problems and the solutions currently being attempted. MICIVIH has organized seminars for journalists on Human Rights (investigative techniques, international law, etc.) to which police have been invited to come and discuss with the media. Seminars have taken place in various towns throughout the country, sometimes with immediate results such as the dropping of a lawsuit by journalists against the police.
    • Criminal Court (Creole/French, December, 1996, 45 minutes)
      Filmed in Port-au-Prince, St. Marc and Gonaives
      Training video produced with extracts taken from different stages of criminal court sessions around the country.


    • Journalism and Human Rights (français, janvier 1996, 60mn. - adaptation du programme TV)

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    • Police Ethics (French and Creole, 1996, 61 pages)
    • Rules of Police Ethics (French and Creole, 1996, 7 pages)
      Code of Police Ethics (French and Creole, 1996, 18 pages)
    • Sanctions and Penalties of the Haitian Penal Code (French, 1996, 10 pages)
      • For Illegal Arrests and Confinements.
      • For Violence and Physical Torture. For Breach of Residence and Illegal Searches.
      • For Hindering Freedom to Meet and Offenses Relating to Exercising Political Rights.
      • For Destruction, Degradation, Damage.
      • For Corruption of State Employees.
      • For Complicity in a Crime or Offense.


    • Assessment of the Haitian National Police One Year After Deployment (Creole, August 13, 1996, 7 minutes)
      At the time this report was written, the Haitian National Police had just completed its first year on the ground. The human rights violations which marked the three year period of the coup d'état are no longer the rule but the exception. Still some police have been implicated in a number of serious incidents. Sanctions have been announced against the guilty parties and the government has shown its desire to reinforce the institution so that it can provide the best service possible.

    Number of releases: 2

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    • Haiti's Judicial System: Analysis of the Penal System and its Procedures . (French, May, 1996, 45 pages)
      In May, 1996, MICIVIH published this 45-page report in French with a 3-page summary in French and English. The report discusses the independence of the judiciary, the problems observed at various stages of the penal procedure, detention and in the way the judicial apparatus operates. It includes a number of proposals and recommendations on judicial reform.
    • Summary of the Report on the Justice System (French/English, May, 1996, 7 pages)
    • Judicial Reform (French, MICIVIH, December 95, 2 pages)


    • MICIVIH's assistance to the Judiciary, (French, July 1998, 7 pages)

      This 7-page document reviews MICIVIH's programme of assistance to the Judiciary and explains in detail its activities in the following areas: verification and diagnosis, technical assistance and advisory services, training and sensitization, the fight against impunity and for reparation, and mission activities with regard to Police and Prison authorities which have a judicial dimension.

    • Summary of the debates of the MICIVIH/UNDP Symposium on the Constitution of 1987 and Human Rights, (french, 359 pages)
      [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2] [ Part 3 ]

      This publication presents the statements made by the participants as well as the summary of the debates which took place at a MICIVIH/UNDP Symposium on the Constitution of 1987 and Human Rights at Quisqueya University (Port-au-Prince) the 28 and 29 April 1997, under the patronage of President Preval.

    • Exercise of parental authority in Haiti regarding children's rights by Rodolfo Mattarollo, MICIVIH Deputy Executive Director, (French, February 1998, 7 pages)

      The study analyzes the lack of conformity of the October 8th 1982 presidential decree with the 1987 Haitian Constitution, international treaties and Haitian legislation. This decree authorizes the parents or the legal guardians of the children on the grounds of "sufficient" dissatisfaction with a child's behavior to request the Doyen of the tribunal civil to order educational measures or to issue a detention order for a maximum length of six months without the need of a trial.


    • Puppet Show Tour Script , (Creole, August-September, 1996)
      Artistic-education piece on human rights. Script: Copart Theater Troop.
      Production: MICIVIH. Theme: lynching of a robber by a crowd of people.
      Community leaders, a Justice of the Peace and a female police officer exchange ideas with two neighbors on the risks of popular justice. The piece demonstrates that the only possible way to stop violence and acts of vengeance is using the state judicial apparatus.


    • May Justice Be Done (French, November 22, 1995, 9 minutes 31 second)
      Filmed at the Palace of Justice in Port-au-Prince, a local court in St. Marc and Raboteau (Hi 8/BETACAM )
      On September 11, 1993, democratic activist Antoine Izmery was dragged from a religious ceremony and executed in broad daylight. His death was symbolic of the horror and injustice during the three year coup d'état period. This film shows part of the trial of one of the alleged assassins who was condemned to hard labor for life. The judicial system is in the process of remodeling itself to take its rightful place in Haitian society.
    • Disarmament and Legality (Creole, December 8, 1995, 9 minutes 4
      Filmed in Les Cayes, Port-au-Prince (BETACAM edited in SP)
      Following the Port-au-Prince assassination of a Parliamentary Deputy from Les Cayes, the population attacked those people they believed were linked to antidemocratic forces. People were killed and property was destroyed. To contribute to institution building and for disarmament to become a reality, one must respect the Constitution and the law. Both the local government and international observers have agreed to work together to achieve this objective.
    • Justice, Not Revenge (créole, 21 novembre 1995, 9mn).
      Filmed in Cap Haitian, Port-au-Prince (BETACAM edited on SP)
      One evening, under the military regime of the defacto government, residents of a village were killed and their homes burned. MICIVIH observers came to explain to the victims how to lodge complaints, and participated in the training of judicial agents and the Haitian National Police. The government set up the Truth and Justice Commission and MICIVIH offered technical support. The Commission gathered information about the violations which occurred during the coup d'état, not for revenge, but to help the victims know the truth, to avoid a repeat of this type of situation.


    • Judicial Reforms and the Press (Creole, May 29, 1996, 6 minutes 35 seconds)
      New judicial structures are necessary to respect human rights. To succeed they
      need the support of the Justice Ministry, the international community and all
      Haitians, including journalists.

    Number of releases: 6

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    • Prisons in Haiti (in progress, French/English, 34 pages)
      This 34 page report will be a comprehensive study of the penal system in Haiti. It covers the question of judicial training for detention, treatment of prisoners, the United Nations Development Project for penal reform and the work of the National Penitentiary Administration (APENA). The report also contains a list of recommendations.
    • Prolonged pre-trial detention and the type of criminal justice system most suitable for Haiti, (French, 18 pages)

      This 48 page document was prepared by MICIVIH on the occasion of the "Symposium on the problems related to pre-trial detention in Haiti"(Hotel Holiday Inn Plaza, Port-au-Prince, 9-11 December 1996). Through the analysis of different models of criminal justice systems, this report outlines possible directions that judicial reform could take in Haiti. In particular, pre-trial investigation procedures and the systematic use of excessive pre-trial detention are among the practices which need to be addressed by a profound reform. Some recommendations in the short, medium, long term are therefore proposed.


    • Prisons (French, August 18, 1995, 7 minutes)
      Filmed at the National Penitentiary, Port-au-Prince (SVHS)
      The National Penitentiary Administration (APENA), launched in 1995, has introduced changes with the help of international organizations including MICIVIH: separation of women and children, a registration system for prisoners, renovation of buildings and improvement of sanitary conditions in the prisons.

    Number of releases: 6

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    • Land Conflicts: Hope for a Resolution (Creole/French, March, 1996, 30 minutes)
      Filmed in Gonaïves, St Marc, Négriel, Acacia
      (Hi-8 edited in Betacam)
      Land conflicts are a major problem in Haiti. This training video shows the victims and futility of such conflicts. It recommends conflict resolution techniques and shows how it has worked in remote parts of the country. One example illustrated is a Justice of the Peace solving a conflict through mediation techniques - a helpful strategy in a country where the judicial system is congested and lacks adequate resources.

    Number of releases: 1


    • Land Conflicts: Hope for a Resolution (Creole/French, March, 1996, 28 minutes)
      Adaptation from the television programme.

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