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UN SG “profoundly sorry” for role in Haiti cholera outbreak

In Secretary General’s address on December 1, 2016, Ban Ki-moon stated that “[the UN] simply did not do enough with regard to the cholera outbreak and its spread in Haiti. We are profoundly sorry for our role.” This apology and announcement of the UN’s proposal to treat, and eventually eliminate cholera in Haiti comes as a victory and major first step for many affected by cholera, and fighting for justice. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN “Profoundly Sorry” for Haiti Cholera Outbreak Tharanga Yakupitiyage, Inter Press Service December 2, 2016    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 2 2016 (IPS) – For the first time, the United Nations issued a formal apology for their role in the cholera outbreak in Haiti and announced new steps to alleviate the ongoing health crisis. Speaking to the members of […]

UN explanation of new cholera approach pre-SG address

In anticipation of the UN Secretary General’s address on December 1, 2016, the UN News Centre published this article explaining what the Secretary General is expected to address in his speech. Specifically, Ban Ki-moon is expected to elaborate on and explain the UN’s new approach to cholera that was announced in August, and is scheduled to be launched on December 1st. Haiti: UN’s new approach on cholera puts people at heart of the response UN News Centre November 30, 2016   30 November 2016 – The response to cholera in Haiti will be a “long and thorough battle,” but the United Nations will stand by the Haitian people and authorities, Stéphane Dujarric, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, said on the eve of the launch of the world body’s new approach to tackling the epidemic in the country. The new approach […]

U.S. increasing rate of deportations to Haiti

After ending a 6-year moratorium on non-criminal deportations to Haiti, the Department of Homeland Security, has recently announced that it will begin to pick up the pace of deportations to Haiti, to keep pace with the increase of Haitian nationals arriving at the southern US border. The current deportations will not affect Haitians with Temporary Protection Status in the US, and their protection has been extended through July 22, 2017. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.S. picking up pace of deportations to Haiti Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald November 23, 2016 Facing an influx of undocumented Haitian migrants arriving at the U.S. southern border with Mexico and a lack of jail space, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that it would step up deportations to Haiti in the coming weeks. “Recently, we have […]

Canada announces disaster relief and long-term aid package

Canada has recently announced that it will be giving $54 million for disaster relief and long-term aid in Haiti. The majority of the money will go towards developing long-term projects in the agricultural sector. About $2.6 million will go to helping those directly impacted by Matthew, and $1.4 million will go towards Sunday’s Haiti elections. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Canada announces $54M for Haiti disaster relief and long-term aid Vicky Fragasso-Marquis, The Canadian Press November 18, 2016   PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Canada will give $54 million to Haiti over the next five years, including more than $2 million in immediate aid, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said Friday. The funding announcement came on the final day of Bibeau’s three-day trip to the country, where she is seeing first-hand how Canadian aid money […]

Parliamentary vacancies – What this means for Sunday’s election

For Sunday’s election, many legislative seats are up for grabs, including more than half of the Senate. With so many vacancies, it is important to stay up to date and informed about Parliamentary candidates. Learn more by reading and clicking on the article below. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti Election Primer, Part 3: The Parliament Jake Johnston, The Center for Economic and Policy Research November 17, 2016   Read Part 1: Timeline of Key Events, here.  Read Part 2: Presidential Candidates and Their Parties, here.  Often lost in the discussion of Haiti’s presidential race is the fact that many legislative seats are up for grabs as well, including more than half of the Senate. Currently, the parliament is pretty evenly split between political factions but with such a high number of seats left to […]

A look at Haiti Presidential Candidates and Their Parties

Take a look at Haiti’s presidential candidates and their parties. The article gives background on Jovenel Moïse, Jude Celestin, Moïse Jean-Charles, and Maryse Narcisse. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti Elections Primer, Part 2: Presidential Candidates and Their Parties Jake Johnston, Center for Economic and Policy Research November 16, 2016   In a crowded field of 54 presidential candidates, the top two finishers in last year’s elections were Jovenel Moïse (PHTK) and Jude Celestin (LAPEH). Third and fourth were Moïse Jean-Charles (Platfom Pitit Dessalines) and Maryse Narcisse (Fanmi Lavalas). Although the earlier vote was plagued by fraud and irregularities and the results were eventually discarded, the top four finishers on October 25, 2015 are expected to lead the pack of 27 candidates participating on Sunday, November 20. Here is a closer look at the […]

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