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Thousands of Haitians Threatened with Deportation Hoping for 18-Month TPS Extension

On January 22, 2018, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for thousands of Haitians in the U.S. will expire . Haitian TPS recipients are anxiously awaiting on the Department of Homeland Security’s decision, which is expected to be made as early as next month. The Haitian government formally wrote the  Trump Administration to request an 18-month TPS extension for those Haitian TPS-holder. Haiti has been reeled by a series of natural disasters, including the 2010 earthquake, an uncontrolled cholera oubreak introduced by the United Nations soldiers and last year Hurricane Matthew and Hurricanes Irma, Maria that destroyed crops and made life harder for famers in the northern part of country. Read full article HERE Haiti requests 18-month TPS extension from Trump administration Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald October 9, 2017 Haiti’s government has written to the Trump administration to formally ask for an 18-month extension […]

Haiti: Church Leader and Elected Officials Demand Justice and Reparations for Cholera Victims

Mario Joseph from the Bureau Des Avocats Internationaux has been fighting non-stop for cholera victims to get individual compensation and for the United Nations to be held accountable for their actions. In this recent video, Church leaders and elected officials advocate for the same and support the work done by the Bureau Des Avocats Internationaux. Translations Father Pierre Withny: Mario Joseph is a lawyer. As you know he is pleading before the United Nations (UN) to demand reparations for the cholera epidemic that the UN soldiers introduced to us in Haiti. Lawyer Mario, We hope your work will bear fruit. [And] we hope UN will remedy this country. Wilson Balder, Mayor of Lascahobas: Cholera is still raging the country, especially after the recent hurricane. We have registered many cases, particularly in the Municipality of Las Cahobas.  We demand that UN […]

Deputy Jerry Tardieu: “UN has a moral responsibility toward all cholera victims”

Savanette: Feast of  Notre Dame de la Nativité During the celebration of the Feast of Notre Dame de la Nativité in Municipality Savanette, Plateau Central, Father Joël Deluce applauds BAI’s Mario Joseph and other national and international lawyers for their fight for justice and reparations for all of Haiti’s cholera victims.    Translations   Father Joël Deluce: Lawyer Mario Joseph is here with us. He’s the one who’s fighting along with a team of national and international lawyers for justice and reparations for all of the victims of the cholera epidemic. On August 18th 2016, the United Nations publicly acknowledged that within three months, it will give a response to the victims. If Lawyer Mario is here today, he is here to help the cholera victims get reparations Lawyer, thank you for the work you are doing for this country. […]

IJDH Joins Arcade Fire’s Will Butler to Discuss Health, Human Rights in Haiti

  IJDH was excited to join the rock stars of Arcade Fire at a special “Disco Town Hall” to discuss Health and Human Rights in Haiti. IJDH Board Member Dr. Joia Mukherjee thrilled the late-night crowd with her stories and songs from the front lines of the healthcare equity fight in Haiti. Brian Concannon gave Congressional staffers something to talk about on Monday morning by launching our first-ever nightclub call-in campaign to urge the House to vote for the $12 million authorized in the Senate Appropriations Bill to assist Haiti’s cholera victims. Check out our interview with With Butler:

Action Alert: Tell Congress to Support Senate’s $12M to Assist Cholera Victims in Haiti

Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $12 million for the United Nations’ trust fund to assist cholera victims. Though the Trump Administration opposes the funding, it will be delivered if we convince the House of Representatives to keep it in the final Appropriations Bill. There’s no better time to tell your Representative in Washington that HE/SHE should care about Haiti. Call your Rep today, tell HIM/HER to support the Senate Appropriations Committee $12 million to fund the U.N.’s  New Approach to Cholera in Haiti to prevent more Haitians dying from the disease. Let’s make justice happen, one phone call at a time.   Its easy! Here’s how: 1. Call your Rep’s line, or the switchboard (202) 224-3121, with your Rep’s name or your zip code. 2. Leave a voicemail message. Start with your name and city/state, so they know you […]

The UN’s Liability for Civilian Harms: Lessons from Cholera in Haiti

By Beatrice Lindstrom and  Sienna Merope- Synge This article first appeared in the September 2017 issue of the Newsletter of the Human Rights Law Committee of the Public and Professional Interest Division of the International Bar Association (Vol 1, Issue 1), and is reproduced by kind permission of the International Bar Association, London, UK. © International Bar Association. Summary The United Nations enjoys broad immunity from suit, but has well-established legal obligations to compensate civilians harmed by its tortious conduct. Yet, it took years of advocacy – from the streets of Port-au-Prince to legal action in New York – to persuade the UN to redress harms it caused by recklessly introducing cholera to Haiti. Recently, the UN has recognised a moral, but not legal, duty to victims. This gap between the UN’s liability on paper and its practice violates victims’ […]

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