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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Advocates welcome Deputy Secretary-General meeting with Haiti cholera victims, call for broad consultations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: Mario Joseph, avocat, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), mario@ijdh.org, +509-3701-9879 (Haïti) (français, kreyol, English)  Sienna Merope-Synge, attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), sienna@ijdh.org, +1-917-864-6901 / +509-4875-3444 (Haïti) (English, français, kreyol) Advocates welcome Deputy Secretary-General meeting with Haiti cholera victims, call for broad consultations Port-au-Prince, November 6, 2017 – Advocates for Haiti’s cholera victims welcomed UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and UN Special Envoy on Haiti Josette Sheeran’s meeting with a group of victims this weekend as a positive first step towards respecting Haitians’ dignity and right to consultation. The meeting between Ms. Mohammed, Ms. Sheeran and five cholera victims took place on Saturday 4 November at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), the legal office that has led the fight for justice for Haiti’s cholera victims, as part of the UN high-level delegation’s […]

Extending TPS is in the Best Interests of the U.S. and Haiti

On November 23, 2017, a decision is expected to be made regarding extending TPS for nearly 60,000 Haitians for an additional 18 months. These Haitian nationals have been granted the opportunity to live and work in the U.S. as Haiti continues to recover from a number of natural disasters since the 2010 earthquake and a cholera epidemic brought by UN Peacekeepers. Currently, Haiti is suffering from a food crisis, accessibility to clean water, and a loss in housing and infrastructure. To have thousands of Haitians return back to Haiti while the country is recovering and rebuilding can cause more harm than good. An end to TPS will create “a life-threatening humanitarian crisis” and will rip families apart. Read full report HERE

Experts Call State Department’s Haiti TPS Assessment Divorced From Reality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Forester, Immigration Policy Coordinator,Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, steveforester@aol.com, + (786)-877-6999 Brian Concannon Jr Executive Director, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti brian@ijdh.org , +(617) 652-0876 Experts Call State Department’s Haiti TPS Assessment Divorced From Reality (Boston, November 6,2017) — Experts on Haiti from the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti today called a reported rosy assessment of conditions in Haiti from Secretary of State Tillerson at odds with the facts on the ground. The Washington Post reported Friday that Sec. Tillerson sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stating that conditions in Haiti and Central America no longer warrant Temporary Protected Status (TPS). DHS must announce its decision on TPS renewal for Haiti by November 23. “The fact that Haiti still suffers from recent extraordinary and temporary conditions […]

‘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 […]

As UN Deputy Chief Heads to Haiti, Advocates Urge UN to Keep Promises to Cholera Victims

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): sienna@ijdh.org; +509-4875-3444 As UN Deputy Chief Heads to Haiti, Advocates Urge UN to Keep Promises to Cholera Victims (Boston, Port-au-Prince, November 2, 2017) — Advocates for Haiti’s cholera victims insist that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ announced “new partnership” with Haiti will only help Haiti if accompanied by real action  to raise the $400 million in funds promised by the UN, and a partnership that provides the victims a meaningful opportunity for input. The Secretary-General announced the initiative in a Miami Herald op-ed, ahead of the UN Deputy Secretary-General’s visit to Haiti on Friday, November 3rd.  The Secretary-General notes that a major focus of the trip will be follow-up on the UN’s commitments to a “New Approach to Cholera […]

Report Shows Haiti Warrants TPS Extension

The 2010 earthquake that nearly destroyed Haiti and resulted in debilitating effects led the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to thousands of Haitians. Haiti began to make strides in its efforts to recover from the earthquake, when it was once again ravaged by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. The storm was the most powerful hurricane to hit Haiti in over a century and drastically impaired the its southern peninsula. In addition to these natural disasters, the country is dealing with an uncontrolled cholera epidemic that was introduced by United Nations peacekeeping soldiers. Taking all of this into account, it is obviously clear that the “conditions that led DHS to designate Haiti for TPS continue to exist” and in fact, have worsened. Therefore, “it is in the best interest not only of Haiti, but also the United […]

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