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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 […]

Where are Haitian Voices in the UN Remedial Process for Cholera?

The injustice perpetuated by the United Nations continues as little action has been done to reduce cholera, offer remedies to those affected, and incorporate victims into the remedial process. The UN has promised to help reduce cholera and provide collective reparations, such as health centers and schools. However, many Haitian victims prefer individual reparations, including small cash transfers that will allow them to rebuild their lives and reduce the debt incurred from travel to hospitals or funeral costs. Additionally, many are distrustful of the UN and any promises for community development, and they will likely remain wary of these promises until individual lives start to improve and cholera is no longer a threat. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Haiti’s cholera victims still can’t get what they need from the UN Nicolas Lemay-Hébert and Rosa Freedman, The Conversation April 19, 2017 The United Nations is once […]

UN Lacks Credibility After Years of Failed Promises & Impunity

The UN Security Council is set to vote today on the future of the UN in Haiti and what, if anything, should replace the current peacekeeping mission. However, as the decision looms near, the UN continues its controversial legacy of injustice, exploitation and impunity in the struggling country. MINUSTAH has been heavily criticized for widespread sexual exploitation and abuse of vulnerable Haitians, which calls into question the UN’s immunity laws, its response to allegations and system for redress. Additionally, after 6 years of denying responsibility for the cholera outbreak that has killed over 10,000, the UN finally acknowledged its role in bringing the deadly disease to Haiti, but now struggles to fund its program to end cholera and compensate victims. Whatever the future might hold for the UN mission, though, one thing is certain; the UN must first right its wrongs in Haiti, or its lack […]

UN Credibility at Risk with Lack of Promised Action Against Cholera

On December 1, 2016 when UN Secretary-General at the time, Ban Ki-moon, announced a new approach to cholera in Haiti, victims and advocates rejoiced at the UN finally taking a step towards the justice that had been denied for six years. Of the $400 million promised that day though, only $2.7 million has been received and $10 million total including pledged contributions. It seems that the new Secretary General, António Guterres is also leaning towards not asking for assessed contributions from UN member states despite their inaction in funding this plan. After six years of denial and dodging accountability for cholera, a failure to follow through on this new plan would do irreparable damage to the UN and its role in promoting human rights all over the world. Part of the article is below. Read the full article here. Will State […]

In Post-Hurricane Haiti, Hunger, Suffering & Vulnerability Continue

What does life look like today for many Haitians, 6 months after Hurricane Matthew? The ongoing effects of the hurricane, and its implications for the coming months, create a bleak situation in which desperate community members cannot feed their families, but cannot make the changes necessary to ensure stability in the future. There is no food, and thousands of people still reside in temporary shelters, tents or caves without proper sanitation, rendering them vulnerable to cholera. Many children that were forced to leave school have not yet returned or are unable to do so, and farmers and fishermen lost the resources upon which they depend to make a living. Clearly, the “chaotic” situation in post-Matthew Haiti continues to leave many vulnerable Haitians at risk. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Six months post-hurricane, hunger gnaws at southern Haiti […]

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