January 4, 2011
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States (OAS) has passed formal recommendations to the Haitian government in order to stop the sexual violence occurring in displacement camps in the wake of the January 12, 2010 earthquake. The IACHR recommendations resulted from a Petition in which Professor Lisa Davis and students from CUNY Law’s International Women’s Human Rights (IWHR) Clinic were lead counsel, following on-the-ground fact-finding in Haiti by clinic students and Prof. Davis.
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In the press release Prof. Lisa Davis is quoted: “The IACHR set an important precedent in taking decisive steps to set concrete recommendations before the Haitian government: increase security patrols, improve lighting in the camps, provide medical care and ensure legal accountability. These measures have become more urgent than ever.”
With KOFAVIV members and displacement camp outreach workers, Prof. Lisa Davis (standing, right), IWHR Clinic Fellow Bradley Parker (standing, left) (kneeling, l-r) - 3L April Marcus, 3L Brenda Hasslinger, 3L Thyra Smith, 2010 IWHR alum Nora Smiley. Photo courtesy of Bradley Parker.
Update: Haitian Government Accepts Recommendations to End Sexual Violence of Displaced Women: IWHR Plays a Role