Lines of work

Six lines of work are defined by CARDH: (i) research; (ii) capacity building and partnership; (iii) promotion and advocacy; (iv) monitoring and defence; (v) support to the democratic transition; (vi) contribution to the United Nations.

1. Research

CARDH organizes conferences and carries out research and studies for the advancement of human rights, publishing books, academic articles and reports. These publications address central themes of public interest and provide analyses and, where appropriate, recommendations to the various actors active in the promotion and enjoyment of human rights.

2. Capacity building and partnership

CARDH contributes to the capacity building of State and civil society actors and works with other partner organisations.  

2.1. State officials

CARDH launches various initiatives adopting a human rights-based approach with various public administration officials. These have included working sessions with election candidates, as well as inter-ministerial programmes on the analysis of a national budget, in all its phases of elaboration.

The latest initiative consists of a sectoral table with human rights organizations and the Haitian National Police (PNH), aimed at bringing these two entities together in promoting human rights.

2.2. Non-state actors and civil society

CARDH is also involved in building the capacity of Haitian civil society.

2.2.1. Training

CARDH also participates in civil society capacity building. Training sessions are organized for academics, human rights organizations and other non-state actors. CARDH also conducts training sessions for grassroots community organizations in certain areas known as « lawless zones » through its « ti celil dwa moun » program.

2.2.1. Platform: Founding member of ECC (Together Against Corruption)

Together with other human rights and civil society organizations, CARDH founded a new platform called « Together Against Corruption » (ECC). This will help define common action in the fight against corruption.

2.2.3. Electoral Observation

CARDH is part of the Coalition for Election Observation (COE). This coalition of human rights and civil society organizations monitors the elections and contributes to the search for solutions to the Haitian electoral crisis.  

3. Promotion and advocacy

CARDH also carries out activities to promote and mainstream human rights.

3.1. Human Rights Fair

In order to facilitate exchanges between State officials, civil society leaders and international cooperation partners on human rights, in 2017 CARDH established an annual space, the Human Rights Fair.

3.2. Public policies and Human rights

This pillar seeks to raise awareness of the Executive and Legislative Branches of the need to develop, adopt and advance public policies capable of improving the living conditions of the population, especially the most vulnerable.

3.3. Ratification of the International Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights

Since 2009, CARDH has been promoting the International Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights ratified in February 2012 by the Haitian Parliament. « (…) its vote by Haiti is greatly welcomed, particularly by human rights defenders, such as the Executive Director of the Centre for Analysis and Research in Human Rights (CARDH), Mr. Gédéon Jean, for whom this vote is an important step in the efforts to promote respect for human rights in Haiti, while at the same time demonstrating the will of the State to achieve this ». See United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti.

3.4. Participation in radio and television broadcasts

CARDH participates in numerous radio and television analysis programmes on human rights and related areas such as the rule of law and democratic governance.

4. Monitoring and defence

CARDH monitors human rights violations. In addition to regular reports and press releases denouncing abuses when they occur, CARDH produces annual reports on the human rights situation in Haiti, outlining the key issues of the past year, as well as recommendations to the various actors active in the protection and promotion of human rights.

5. Support to the democratic transition

Three decades after the departure of the Duvalier dictatorship (1986), Haiti still fails to be a society that respects human rights and the principles of the rule of law, in accordance with the Constitution, adopted on February 7, 1987. The institutions that should assume the role of « guardian of the rule of law » are weak and unable to play their part. Beyond its actions directly related to the work of a civil society human rights organization, CARDH provides its expertise, which is often called upon to help resolve political and social crises.

In this respect, CARDH participated in the Electoral Evaluation and Verification Commission (CEEI) in 2015 and the Independent Electoral Evaluation and Verification Commission (CIEVE) in 2016, the latter with the aim of restoring confidence and truthfulness in the electoral process.

The organization is also a member of the Joint Committee to Coordinate the Reception of Returnees, formed following the wave of deportations by the Dominican Republic in 2015. This committee is made up of leading figures from civil society and members of the government.

6. Contributions to the United Nations

Holding tnly consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, CARDH responds to calls for input from special procedures and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on issues related to its sphere of action.

It also participates in the examinations of the Republic of Haiti by the Human Rights Council (HRC) and treaty bodies.