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Nigel Fisher Can’t Seem to Get the Facts Right

By Roger Annis, Haiti Liberte September 30, 2010 As Deputy Special Representative on Haiti to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Nigel Fisher’s inattention to the post-earthquake tragedy there is disturbing. It underscores other concerns about his prejudices against the national sovereignty of the country whose interests he is supposed to assist. Mr. Fisher gave a keynote speech to the “First Annual Neglected Diseases Conference” at the University of British Columbia on Sep. 18. His talk reviewed conditions in Haiti eight months after the earthquake. Several hundred people were in attendance, including medical students and professionals and university professors. It was a largely upbeat presentation sounding out of whack with the realities on the ground as widely reported by journalists and medical professionals (including a doctor recently returned from Haiti to whom I spoke in preparing this report). According to Mr. Fisher, […]

Treasury Under Secretary Brainard Joins Inter-American Development Bank to Mobilize Grants for Haiti

U.S. Department of the Treasury Press Release WASHINGTON – Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs Lael Brainard today participated in a signing ceremony at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to mobilize significant new grant resources for Haiti and eliminate all of Haiti’s debts to the institution. The U.S. contribution of $204 million today, along with additional contributions from the IDB’s shareholders and transfers from ordinary capital, will allow the bank to fully cancel Haiti’s $447 million debt to the IDB and provide $2.5 billion in grants for Haiti over the next decade. “In the days following the earthquake, President Obama pledged the full and continued commitment of the United States in the recovery and reconstruction of Haiti,” said Under Secretary Brainard. “Today marks an important milestone in that effort. Thanks to the steadfast support from Congress, the U.S. is today […]

Aid to Haiti slow in coming

Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Of all the things Haiti’s earthquake victims are running out of, patience may be the most important. This destitute country has endured the consequences of revolution and the abuse of dictators. Now it is struggling mightily to recover from the Jan. 12 temblor that left 300,000 dead and more than a million people homeless. The frustrations of the survivors, many of them recovering from loss of limbs and other injuries, are chronicled in letters placed in suggestion boxes installed at homeless camps by the International Organization for Migration. “Please, do something,” pleaded a woman in one of the letters recently published in the New York Times. “We don’t want to die of hunger and also we want to send our children to school.” “I gave birth six months ago, the baby died, I have six other children, […]

Event: Strategies for Change in Haiti: Tackling the Challenges of Gender Based Violence in Post-earthquake Haiti

IJDH event tonight, September 13, 2010,  in New York: Strategies for Change in Haiti: Tackling the Challenges of Gender Based Violence in Post-earthquake Haiti Who: New York University School of Law Center for Human Rights and Global Justice Presents: Brian Concannon, Director, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) Eramithe Delva, Founding member of KOFAVIV (Komisyon Fanm Viktim pou Viktim, The Commission of Women Victims for Victims) Emily Jacobi, Co-director of Digital Democracy Margaret Satterthwaite, Faculty Director, CHRGJ; Assistant Professor of Clinical Law of the Global Justice Clinic, NYU School of Law Margarette Tropnas, Executive Director, Dwa Fanm What: A multi-disciplinary panel discussion about gender based violence in Haiti as the country works to rebuild itself after the devastating earthquake of January 2010. Where: New York University, Furman Hall 212 When: Monday, September 13, 2010 from 6-8pm Click here […]

IJDH and Partner Organizations Urge Secretary Clinton to Support the Haitian Government in Ensuring that Elections are “Free, Fair and Inclusive”

“We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, are writing to urge the U.S. government to work with the Haitian government and international partners to ensure that Haiti’s upcoming elections are free, fair and inclusive.” Click HERE to See Full PDF

A family together again: Immigration snags kept girl waiting in Haiti

By Maria Sacchetti, The Boston Globe PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — On a steamy afternoon last month, Harry Emile entered the darkened foyer of a battered concrete house near the presidential palace. The house had been deemed safe enough to live in, but electricity was still scarce. He climbed the stairs past jagged cracks in the walls, to a second-floor living room, where his 3-year-old daughter Abby waited. She wore a T-shirt saying in English that “my heart belongs to dad.’’ Tears sprang to his eyes and he smiled broadly at her, arms extended. Abby did not recognize him. “Harry,’’ he said, pointing at himself. The girl clung to Yvon Daguilh, her uncle, a rough-hewn man who was one of her caretakers for the past seven months. “You don’t remember me, my love?’’ Harry said. “Your mother gave me something to give […]

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