Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

U.N. Can and Must Deliver on its Promise to Haitian People

In less than three months, the United Nations will close its controversial 13-year peacekeeping mission known as MINUSTAH. The U.N.’s mission in Haiti has been plagued by a series of controversies ranging from cholera to sexual abuse. After six years of denying its role in the cholera epidemic that has killed 10, 000 Haitians and sickened over 800, 000, the U.N. finally apologized to people of Haiti. Nearly eight months since then Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the New Approach, the victims of cholera are still waiting on U.N. to deliver on its promises, meanwhile the disease continues to kill at least one Haitian every day. Tell the U.N. it’s time to deliver. Join our Time2Deliver campaign and urge your country to contribute to the cholera fund. Read the full Op-ED HERE. U.N. continues to stumble — badly — in Haiti By Lauren Carasik, Miami Herald April 12, 2017 […]

From MINUSTAH to MINUJUSTH, Where Is Justice for the Victims of Cholera?

Sadly, when the United Nations Security Council visited Haiti last week, the cholera issue was excluded from its agenda. But victims of cholera, which was introduced by U.N. peacekeeping soldiers from Nepal, and cholera advocates organized many demonstrations demanding that the U.N. keep the promises it made last year to the Haitian people. Mario Joseph of Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) urged the U.N. to fulfill its promises by compensating victims of cholera individually and assisting in building infrastructure to prevent another cholera outbreak before the end of MINUSTAH’s controversial 13-year mission in Haiti. Tell the U.N. it’s time to deliver. Join our Time2Deliver campaign and urge your country to contribute to the cholera fund. Read the full editorial HERE in French. Editorial: De la MINUSTAH à la MINUJUSTH sans dédommager les parents des victimes Par Lemoine Bonneau, Le Nouvelliste June 26,  2017 La délégation du Conseil de […]

U.N. Will have to Deal with ‘Legal Challenges and Public Relations Nightmares’ Until it Delivers on its Promises

Following the United Nations Security Council’s visit to Haiti last week, public pressure on the U.N. to fund cholera elimination efforts has risen sharply. Yesterday, The New York Times published a piece chronicling the organization’s failure to fund cholera eradication efforts. Beatrice Lindstrom, an IJDH staff lawyer, summed up the U.N.’s current predicament: “Until the U.N. makes good on its promise to fund cholera elimination and remedies for victims, it will keep having to contend with legal challenges and public relations nightmares.” Tell the U.N. it’s time to deliver. Join our Time2Deliver campaign and urge your country to contribute to the cholera fund. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. U.N. Brought Cholera to Haiti. Now It Is Fumbling Effort to Atone. Rick Gladstone, The New York Times June 26, 2017 Even as the United Nations expresses growing alarm over […]

Broken Promise for Individual Reparations to Cholera Victims Continues U.N. Injustices

For six years, the United Nations denied responsibility for the devastating cholera outbreak that has killed +10,000 Haitians. The organization ignored victims, rejected scientific reports, hid behind a broad immunity clause and, until the very end of 2016, refused to admit moral or legal responsibility. Then-Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s acknowledgement of the U.N.’s role in the epidemic, and subsequent announcement of the “New Approach” for cholera remedies and prevention in Haiti, sparked hope that it would finally take steps to remedy past injustices.  As the cholera death toll continues to rise and victims struggle to overcome significant financial burdens, Haiti cannot afford for the U.N. to stall, deflect and distract from its broken promises. It is #time2deliver. Tell U.N. it’s time to deliver. Join our Time2Deliver campaign and urge your country to contribute to the cholera fund. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. UN is breaking […]

Haitians to U.N. Security Council: Justice for the Victims of Cholera, Child Support for Peacekeepers’ Abandoned Children

The United Nations Security Council ended a three-day visit to Haiti on Saturday, after hearing a variety of concerns during the meetings  with President Jovenel Moïse, Haitian lawmakers,  Haitian civil society and cholera advocates. Among the issues Haitians raised were the compensation for the cholera victims, child support for the abandoned children fathered by U.N. peacekeeping soldiers and the desire for a new, smaller mission to be Haiti’s last. On cholera, the Security Council delegation reaffirmed its support for the new efforts undertaken by the UN. Tell U.N. it’s time to deliver. Join our Time2Deliver campaign and urge your country to contribute to the cholera fund. Click HERE for the full article. Cholera, babies left by U.N. peacekeepers top list of Haiti’s woes Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald June 24, 2017 PORT-AU-PRINCE The 15-member United Nations Security Council ended a visit to Haiti Saturday, promising to […]

Haiti: Cholera Victims Press for Justice and Individual Compensation

The United Nations Security Council is visiting Haiti, which could be its last time before the closure of the U.N.’s 13-year peacekeeping mission in Haiti know as MINUSTAH, and it has no plan to meet with the cholera victims. Several hundred cholera victims protested in front of the MINUSTAH office in Port-Au-Prince to demand that the U.N. respect its promises. Tell U.N. it’s time to deliver. Join our Time2Deliver campaign and urge your country to contribute to the cholera fund. Read the original article HERE in French. Les victimes de choléra réclament justice et réparation Par Le National, 22 Juin 2017 Plusieurs centaines de personnes ont manifesté pacifiquement ce jeudi 22 juin 2017, devant la plus grande base de la mission des Nations-Unies pour la stabilité en Haïti, à Clercine, pour demander au Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU de prendre clairement position […]

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