In the press
Gonaives, Haiti: Three months after joining the Justice Section of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) as a UN Volunteer in 2010, Miriam Talah was assigned to coordinate the regional office in Gonaives. As a UNV Judicial Affairs Officer, she conducted daily visits in the Peace Court, Court of First Instance, Court of Appeals and detention centre, where she witnessed the prevailing injustice many Haitians face.
The support of Miriam and her colleagues to the Court of First Instance in Gonaives led to better recordkeeping and regularly held meetings between the Dean, the Investigating Judges, the Chief Prosecutor and the President of the Gonaives Bar Association in order to monitor and evaluate the legal situation of the detainees in the overcrowded detention centre.
A specific change was the establishment of a new Court of Appeals in the city of Gonaives through a quick impact project funded by MINUSTAH. Previously accommodated in a cramped private building lacking basic facilities, many cases were repeatedly postponed, resulting in an increasing number of people on prolonged pre-trial detention, and overcrowded prisons.
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