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Stephen Lewis: The UN’s Broken Promises in Haiti

Stephen Lewis comments on the UN’s failure to live up to its promises in response to Haiti’s cholera crisis. The UN’s inability to raise $400 million to eliminate cholera that its won brought to the country and compensate victims, “It’s a complete travesty,” said AIDS-Free World Stephen Lewis. Watch Lewis’s address below: align=”center” Full video transcription “Please bear with me as I tell you a sad story about the United Nations. It remains and institution to which I am, ideologically committed, but I feel as though that commitment is betrayed with unwelcome regularity. Back on December the 1st, 2016, Ban-Ki Moon, the then Secretary General in the last month of his ten-year tenure, in an unprecedented way, apologized to the people of Haiti for the failure of the United Nations to deal adequately with the cholera epidemic. An epidemic that had […]

Haitian Orphanage Abuse Allegations

The Foyer Notre Dame de la Nativite in Haiti has recently been the center of sexual abuse allegations. Ten U.S. Senators are pressuring the Haitian government into closing down the orphanage. Many children have tested positive for the sexually transmitted infection chlamydia and claim to have been victims of abuse. The director of the orphanage denies the claims and states that the children could have contracted the disease from their birth mothers or off of the premises. The Senate letter urges immediate shut down and relocation of children so that they are kept safe. Read More HERE. US senators seek to close Haiti orphanage amid abuse claims By Ben Fox | AP February 2 MIAMI — Ten members of the U.S. Senate have asked the State Department to pressure the Haitian government into closing an orphanage where several children being adopted by […]

Trump Administration Does Not Intend to Contribute to the U.N. Cholera Relief Fund in Haiti

Even though the United States has donated approximately $4.2 billion since the 2010 earthquake, The Trump administration has shown no interest in contributing to the U.N Cholera Relief Fund in Haiti now, nor in the future. The administration argued that they are not responsible for the epidemic and blamed it on U.N. incompetence and the Nepalese peacekeepers. Ban Ki-Moon, former U.N Secretary General has established a trust fund to prevent the further spread of cholera, but has never acknowledged any U.N. legal obligation to compensate Haiti’s victims. It’s now up to the Trump Administration to decide whether to provide aid. Trump Won’t Pay a Penny For U.N. Cholera Relief Fund in Haiti   Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy  June 1, 2017 The Trump administration will rebuff a recent U.N. appeal to contribute millions of dollars to a cash-short trust fund established last year to provide relief […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: One Year After UN Apology, Cholera Victims Call Out Unfulfilled Promises

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +1-617-652-0876 Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (Port-au-Prince): mario@ijdh.org, +509-3701-9879 One Year After UN Apology, Cholera Victims Call Out Unfulfilled Promises (Boston, Port-au-Prince, December 1, 2017) – On the one year anniversary of the UN’s historic apology for its role in sparking Haiti’s devastating cholera epidemic, victims appealed to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to follow through on commitments made last year to end cholera transmission and provide remedies. Victims also plan to gather in peaceful protest at 11 am EST outside UN headquarters in Port-au-Prince. One year ago today, then-outgoing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon publicly asked for the Haitian people’s forgiveness for the UN’s role in the epidemic and launched a “New Approach to Cholera in Haiti.”  Many victims viewed the apology as turning a page on a […]

‘Shameful’: UK and US under fire over blocked funds for Haiti cholera victims

  The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, asked member states to allow the UN to re-allocate $40.3 million in leftover funds from previous projects in Haiti to the Haiti Cholera fund. These funds would have an immediate impact in saving lives, according to the Secretary-General. However, none of the five permanent members of the Security Council, including the United States and the United Kingdom, have approved the motion to transfer the funds. Now, the multi-partner cholera trust fund, which has only gathered $2 million, has less than $200 thousand remaining. IJDH’s Brian Concannon: “All the [permanent security council members] spend hundreds of millions of taxpayers dollars on the UN. But the UN is flouting its legal responsibilities towards the people of Haiti on cholera… The underspend idea wasn’t supposed to be the end result, but low-hanging fruit. People in the […]

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 […]

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