U.S. Lawmakers Demand UN Keep Promises to Haiti’s Cholera Victims
The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) worked with Rep. Maxine Waters on a bi-partisan letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres signed by over 100 of her colleagues, urging the UN to keep its promises to consult with cholera victims, especially regarding compensation. The Representatives warned “[w]e are concerned that the UN’s 2016 plan – the ‘New Approach to Cholera in Haiti’– to eliminate cholera and provide redress for victims is not meeting victims’ rights and needs, despite the UN’s promises to place victims ‘at the center’ of its work.” A Miami Herald article about the letter cited the IJDH and Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) work on the cholera case.
IJDH and BAI sent their own letter about keeping promises to UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on May 7. IJDH and BAI expressed their concern regarding the UN’s willingness to consult with the victims to establish proper mechanisms for compensation and to implement Track 2 (material compensation) of its New Approach to cholera in Haiti. “Victim consultations are necessary to ensure Track 2 responds to victims’ needs and priorities, to make the initiative credible in Haiti, and as a response to the dignitary harms engendered by the UN’s refusal to engage with victims’ legitimate claims over the past eight years.”
BAI’s Successful Civic Engagement Training in La Chapelle, Haiti
The BAI civic engagement program organized a training for over 30 cholera victims and community leaders in rural La Chapelle. The training focused on advocating for a national budget that accounts for the human rights challenges (clean water, fair trials, economic justice, fair elections etc.) facing their communities. BAI staff emphasized the need for people to constructively engage with their elected officials, and highlighted the Haitian government’s responsibility to demand the UN to raise the promised $400 million for cholera elimination and compensation for cholera victims.
IJDH Is Accepting Applications for Fall 2018 Internships
IJDH is now accepting applications for its Fall 2018 Communications & Development Internships and Legal Internships. We count on interns as a critical part of our work. Most interns find their time with us to be exciting; many find it life-changing. Please consider passing this message on to anyone in your network who might be interested. Interns and volunteers at IJDH are unpaid, but internships provide significant training in nonprofit administration, development, and communication, and human rights advocacy.
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U.S. Congress to U.N.: What are you doing to compensate Haiti’s cholera victims?, by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, June 15, 2018
Viol: de petits progrès éclipsés par d’énormes défis, par Jean Pharès Jérôme, Le Nouvelliste, 25 juin 2018