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Stephen Lewis: U.N.’s Cholera Response “A Betrayal”

Stephen Lewis, co-director of AIDS-Free World, spent his weekly update condemning the United Nations’ refusal to honor Ban Ki-Moon’s commitment to make amends for cholera through the UN’s New Approach. Only 2.7 million of the $400 million Ban promised has been raised. U.N. has moved away from Track 2 (individual compensation) to focus on “community projects,” a reversal of the U.N.’s previous position. U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres has proposed using MINUSTAH’s underspend (about $40 million leftover from the mission) to fund the U.N.s New Approach to cholera in Haiti, but even this has been met with resistance from member states. Stephen Lewis finds this a blatant betrayal of the Haitian people. Visit the IJDH’s Cholera Accountability web page for more information on cholera justice.

Nobel Peace Laureates Urge the U.N. to Keep its Promises

Five Nobel Peace Laureates called on the United Nations (U.N.) to keep the promises it made to cholera victims not even a year ago. They urge the members of U.N. Security Council to make reparations to Haitian people a priority during their two-day visit to Haiti this week. Such gestures, according to them, will not only comfort Haiti, but also restore the U.N.’s credibility by showing its determination to correct its wrongs.IJDH has  launched a campaign to urge IJDH has launched a campaign to urge the U.N. member states to donate to the $400 million cholera fund promised by the U.N. Click HERE for the campaign website. Click HERE for the full article The U.N. owes Haiti relief from cholera epidemic it introduced By Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, and Betty Williams, Op-ed, Miami Herald June 21, 2017 Seven […]

U.N. Picks New Envoy for Haiti Cholera Fundraising Efforts

The United Nations announced its third official to lead cholera fundraising efforts, a position which has so far produced drastically underwhelming results. There is a growing urgency in Haiti for cholera prevention, relief and compensations for those affected. But the next fundraising chair, Josette Sheeran, faces a significant shortage of donor funds and a resistant international community. Despite promising $400 million to fight cholera in Haiti, the U.N. has only raised $2.7 million, and currently only $183,000 remains in the fund. However, while some may give excuses for the U.N.’s fundraising shortages, one thing is certain: the U.N. is responsible for the deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti, and its victims deserve justice as promised. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. With little money to combat cholera in Haiti, U.N. names new fundraising chief Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald June 20, 2017 A former top State Department official […]

UN Killed 10,000 in Haiti, After Mass Arrests in 2004, ICP To Return to Scene of the Crime with UNSC

Matthew Russell Lee, Inner City Press June 20, 2017 UNITED NATIONS, June 20 – While in some places the UN system may be doing good work, its killing of more and 10,000 Haitians with cholera, and its years of denial, have been a low point. Now with the UN Security Council slated to visit Haiti from June 22 and 24 — Inner City Press will cover it — the strange and some say shameful history of the UN’s MINUSTAH mission comes to the fore. After the UN Security Council on April 30, 2004 approved the deployment of MINUSTAH, by September 30, 2004 protesters were being killed, then further protesters arrested and loaded into UN Armored Personnel Carriers. Particularly given the position of CARICOM and the African Union, this was a low for the UN. But it would go lower still. On […]

Cholera Justice: U.N.’s Proposal to Transfer MINUSTAH’s Underspent Dollars to the Cholera Fund Meets with Resistance  

The United Nations’ (U.N.) proposal to use MINSUTAH’s leftover dollars to fund its New Approach to cholera in Haiti is “the least U.N. can do” for the victims. In four months and one day, MINUSTAH will end its 13-year-old controversial mission in Haiti. But the U.N.’s legacy is in the line. Failure to fulfill its promises to Haitian people could tarnish U.N. global image and undermine its credibility around the world. Visit the IJDH’s Cholera Accountability web page for more information on cholera justice. Read the full article HERE U.N. pushes to finance Haiti’s Cholera Cleanup with Leftover Peacekeeping Dollars By Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald June 14, 2017 With most U.N. member nations, including the United States, refusing to contribute toward a $400 million trust fund to eliminate an imported cholera epidemic from Haiti, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres has cobbled together another […]

Cholera Victims Call on the U.S. and Other Member States to Fund the UN’s New Approach

The Trump administration will not commit to a U.N. appeal to contribute to the New Approach plan to compensate the victims of a cholera epidemic that has killed more nearly 10,000 Haitians and sickened  800,000 more. The disease was introduced into Haiti more than six years ago by infected U.N. Nepalese peacekeepers. It took U.N.  nearly six years to apologize to the Haitian people. During the public apology, the then- U.N. Secretary General  Ban Ki-mo0n promised to raise $400 million dollars from member states to provide assistance to the victims of cholera. So far the U.N. has collected only about $2.7 million from 7 of the 193 member states. The Trump administration has not contributed a penny to the fund, arguing that the U.S. should not pay for the U.N. irresponsibility.“What happened in Haiti was a travesty, and yet even after the U.N. belatedly […]

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