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Al Jazeera Features Haiti Cholera in Its Anniversary Celebration

Al Jazeera English is celebrating its ten-year anniversary by giving updates on its most memorable documentaries in a series called REWIND. One of those REWIND features is Haiti in a Time of Cholera, which was filmed in 2013 and won an Emmy award in 2014. To update the story, Al Jazeera interviewed IJDH Staff Attorney Beatrice Lindstrom, who is also leading the cholera case and advocacy against the United Nations’ lack of accountability. Some excerpts are below. Click HERE for the full feature. Rewind: Haiti in a Time of Cholera Al Jazeera English November 8, 2016 … What was your reaction when the UN secretary-general finally acknowledged the UN’s role in August 2016? How effective has the UN’s response been for eradicating cholera in Haiti? So far, the UN’s response to cholera has been completely underwhelming. Cholera is a tremendous emergency. […]

Al Jazeera “Eyes on Haiti” – rethinking global responses to Hurricane Matthew

Check out Al Jazeera’s “Eyes on Haiti.” This video includes testimonies and arguments from several Haitians and Haiti affiliates, and covers topics including the way Haiti is discussed internationally, the extent of devastation after Hurricane Matthew, and the role of the government in providing aid and structures to its citizens. Eyes on Haiti Al Jazeera October 19, 2016  

Next UN Secretary-General Must Clean Up Accountability Crisis

The United Nations has been facing an accountability crisis due to failure to properly respond to sexual abuse by peacekeepers, a cholera epidemic it brought to Haiti in 2010, and poisoning of Roma families in Kosovo. While the current Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon still has time to save his legacy by responding justly to these problems, the next Secretary General has an opportunity to turn the situation entirely around by respecting human rights from the outset. An accountability pledge led by AIDS-Free World and IJDH asks the Secretary-General candidates to do just that but so far, only four out of 11 have weighed in. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. New UN secretary-general must commit to accountability Lauren Carasik, Al Jazeera August 28, 2016 Recent accountability crises in United Nations peacekeeping missions have revealed a […]

UN Secretary General Candidates Divided on Cholera Justice

Below is an excerpt from the most recent UN Secretary General candidates’ debate, in which the candidates are asked how they would respond to the cholera epidemic in Haiti as Secretary General. While some of the candidates appeared conflicted, two stood out–one for and one against justice for the cholera victims. Click HERE for the recording. (Starts around 2:04:37.) The UN Debate Al Jazeera July 12, 2016 James Bays: I’d like to ask you now a specific question about a country that is one of the poorest of the world, and certainly one of the poorest in the Americas. It’s a question about Haiti because the UN’s involvement in Haiti is one that some have found very controversial. Clearly, there has been this outbreak of cholera, now the official figures say 9200 people have died from cholera and many think […]

UN Faces Backlash Over Haiti Cholera Crisis

Al Jazeera magazine reports on the ongoing cholera crisis in Haiti. In the first 4 months of this year, there were nearly 14,000 cases of cholera and over 150 deaths. A consequence of UN Peacekeepers’s actions in Haiti in 2010, cholera has quickly spread throughout the country. Despite their culpability, the UN has done little to ameliorate the situation and make amends. The organization has refused to apologize, and has only set up a 10 year $2.2 billion plan to help Haiti’s people — a plan that has raised only 20% of intended funds. The legacy of Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon could be on the line because of this. However, IJDH lawyer Beatrice Lindstrom says that “he still has enough time left to save his legacy. He still has enough time left to set in motion a reparations framework for the victims”. To […]

How “The International Community” Undermines Haiti

This article discusses what led to the postponement of Haiti’s final round of elections, despite the efforts of the international community to proceed regardless of major flaws in the process and outcome. The author also explains how “the international community” is usually a euphemism for the United States and this latest political crisis is symptomatic of the larger problem of US involvement in Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. For US in Haiti, black votes don’t matter In rare defeat for Washington, Haitians force postponement of elections Mark Weisbrot, Al Jazeera America January 29, 2016 Journalists are taught in school to avoid euphemisms. When someone dies, they write that she “died” instead of “passed away.” But one euphemism that has become a fixture in U.S. news reporting is “the international community.” This is generally […]

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