Over the years, RNDDH has been using the method of systematic and routine visits to key institutions throughout the country – a method that has proved to be both effective and successful. These surprise visits allow RNDDH to observe the everyday functioning (or dysfunction, as the case may be) of the Haitian National Police, Haitian prisons, and the Haitian judiciary. These visits not only allow RNDDH to intervene in individual cases, but as well, to arrive at overall deductions about the performance of each institution. These visits provide the background and specifics necessary for advocating change at the high levels of leadership within each institution. Since the earthquake, and the tragic outbreak of cholera, RNDDH, deeply concerned by these events – has again broadened it’s monitoring program to collect data and conduct visits to IDP camps, relocation sites, and other local and international disaster/epidemic response mechanisms, with a view to collecting data on the respect for human rights in these interventions. Such observation allows RNDDH to offer a thorough analysis of the reconstruction efforts, the work being done by implementing agencies, as well as the degree to which their interventions adhere to the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) principles, and move the State closer to, or further from being a strong and independent provider of basic social services, that respects and protect the human rights of its’ citizens.
Click below to learn more about the specific contexts in which RNDDH does it’s human rights monitoring work: