Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Critique and analysis of UN’s “moral responsibility” rhetoric

IJDH’s Nancy Young discusses and critiques the UN’s strategic rhetoric on how it is to tackle the cholera epidemic in Haiti. Young argues that the UN’s discussion of the need to end cholera not only comes six years too late, but that it fails to demonstrate any understanding of it’s direct culpability in the 2010 outbreak. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The Immoral “Moral Responsibility” of Ban Ki-moon and the UN Nancy Young, October 16, 2016   UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spent 4 1/2 hours in Haiti on October 15 and surveyed the damage from Hurricane Matthew — including the spike in the cholera misery caused by the organization he leads. He feels really, really bad. No, really. That’s what he’s got for the Haitian people. Really. In 2014, Ban came to Haiti to say how bad […]

Push-back against UN-like organizations after Matthew

After Hurricane Matthew, there has been increased conversation around where people should donate to. Many Haitians have a severe mistrust of the UN after its accidentally introduced cholera in 2010 as well as the Red Cross after a report detailing corruption in donation funds after the earthquake were released earlier this year. IJDH’s Nicole Phillips explains that, post-hurricane, there is a big need for Haiti to shift out of a culture of dependency on international organizations. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Why the United Nations is facing push-back as it tries to help Haiti Zhai Yun Tan, The Christian Science Monitor October 14, 2016   Tensions are high in Haiti after the country was hit by category 4 hurricane Matthew last week, as thousands continue to seek aid amid collapsed homes and infrastructure. The […]

Expectation of fresh cholera outbreak after Hurricane Matthew

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, officials and experts discuss and examine what the short and long term impacts will be. IJDH’s Beatrice Lindstrom discusses the major role cholera will play as time progresses and many are left without adequate treatment. Haiti faces fresh cholera outbreak after Hurricane Matthew, aid agencies fear Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian October 14, 2016   Cholera is surging in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew fouled wells, flooded rivers and latrines and forced survivors to drink contaminated storm water – even in regions that have received some deliveries of emergency aid. Less than two weeks after the earthquake, at least 200 suspected new cases of cholera have been detected in the country, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which is sending 1m cholera vaccines to Haiti at the end of this week. Aid agencies fear that without […]

NYT call for cholera justice, deportation suspension, and cautious generosity

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, people around the globe are eager to help victims of the hurricane in any way they can. The New York Times Editorial Board discusses the need to donate cautiously, and to organizations with a legitimized history of helping Haitians on the ground. The Board also analyzes the need for the next UN Security General, António Guterres, as well as member nations, to take up the UN’s obligation to eradicate cholera in Haiti, once and for all. Haiti’s New Catastrophe The Editorial Board, The New York Times October 7, 2016   Hurricane Matthew battered Florida and points north on Friday, having already wreaked deadly havoc in the Bahamas, Jamaica, Cuba and Haiti. All those along its path need aid and protection and, when the wind and rain end, swift help in rebuilding. But Haiti needs […]

Calls for accountability: Cholera outbreak expected to worsen after Matthew

Hurricane Matthew is expected to greatly worsen the existing, man-made suffering that the Haitian people have been facing for years. As the cholera outbreak that began in 2010 is only expected to worsen in the coming days and weeks, Michael Posner analyzes the previous and existing UN plans to combat the epidemic. Hurricane Matthew Has Exacerbated the Debt We Owe to Haiti Michael Posner, Newsweek October 7, 2016   This week Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, dealing another blow to our poorest, most challenged neighbor. After an earthquake in 2010 killed more than 200,000 people, a United Nations peacekeeping force introduced cholera to Haiti, infecting almost 800,000 people. According to Doctors Without Borders, there have been close to 30,000 cholera-related deaths. Six years later, the U.N.’s failure to address the cholera outbreak in Haiti and to develop a viable long-term plan to […]

Obama under pressure to reverse new deportation policy after Matthew

Two weeks after the United States Department of Homeland Security announced it has resumed deportation of undocumented Haitian immigrants, Haiti was struck by one of the worst humanitarian disasters since the 2010 earthquake. Several US-Haiti affiliates, including IJDH’s Nicole Phillips, are calling on the Obama administration to reverse its decision in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Deportation to a disaster zone: Obama under pressure to stop crackdown on Haitian migrants as Hurricane Matthew wreaks havoc on island Daniel Denvir, Salon October 7th, 2016   Hurricane Matthew has, as President Barack Obama put it, “hit Haiti with devastating effect,” reportedly leaving at least 283 dead and thousands displaced. This calamity, however, comes just two weeks after the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that it would resume the regular deportation of Haitians from […]

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