Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

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 […]

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 three-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 […]

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 […]

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