Report on Environment, Agriculture, and Human Rights in Haiti

Wednesday, April 6 2011

Guy Knudsen, Professor of Microbial Ecology and Plant Pathology, helped co-author a report submitted in March to the United Nations Human Rights Council, for the upcoming Universal Periodic Review for Haiti. The report, on environmental and agricultural concerns in Haiti and their effects on human rights, was organized by the Lawyers' Earthquake Response Network (LERN), a national network of volunteer attorneys in the U.S. working with Haitian lawyers to implement a legal response to issues in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Accompanying reports addressed issues including the right to food and water, women's and children's rights, housing, and political rights. LERN is led by the U.S.-based Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), and the Haiti-based public interest law firm Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI). The report has been endorsed by a variety of civil society organizations in the U.S. and Haiti.