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Will the UN show humanity in dealing with Haitian cholera victims?

This blog post quoting Mario Joseph and IJDH attorney Nicole Phillips analyzes the United Nations’ admission of responsibility for Haiti’s cholera epidemic. It asks whether this admission will lead to further action or whether the UN will continue to act ‘without humanity’ towards the victims of the epidemic it brought to Haiti. Part of the post is below. Click HERE for the full text. Humanity vs Impunity. Will the UN now compensate Haiti’s cholera victims? Rashmee Roshan Lall August 20, 2016   I was in Haiti in February 2013, when the United Nations took the unusual decision to invoke legal immunity as a way of dealing with claims for compensation from 5,000 victims of the Haiti cholera epidemic. Click here for the story I wrote for The Guardian at the time. It was a straight up-and-down report on the worst outbreak of […]

Latest Haiti Election News from IJDH & Partners’ Blog

What’s going on with Haiti’s elections? This latest News Roundup from the Haiti Elections Blog includes conflicts over the end of interim president Privert’s term; withdrawal of the European Union observers; political wrangling by former president Martelly’s party, PHTK; and more. Whether or not the international community will fight against a re-run of Haiti’s elections remains to be seen. Click HERE for the full News Roundup. Haiti Elections News Roundup – June 20 Haiti Elections Blog June 20, 2016 The end of interim President Jocelerme Privert’s 120-day term came and went on June 14 without any decision by Haiti’s parliament, leaving confusion in its wake. The disputes over extending Privert’s mandate spilled out into the streets, with some of his opponents hinting at the possibility of his removal by force. The international powers expressed their dismay at the political uncertainty created […]

New PAHO Report Glosses Over Severity of Cholera Epidemic

This blog post discusses the Pan American Health Association’s lack of gravity in reporting the cholera statistics for the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Haiti in 2016. DR continues to suffer the consequences of the UN’s cholera epidemic in neighboring Haiti, Ecuador has experienced its first cholera case in 12 years, and Haiti’s number of cases is very large even without considering the fact that it’s an undercount. The post also alludes to the need for accountability in terms of the cause of the epidemic. Part of the post is below. Click HERE for the full text. PAHO: May 27 update on cholera in the Americas H5N1 June 1, 2016 Thanks to Dr. Ian Mackay for tweeting about this report from PAHO: 27 May 2016: Cholera – situation in the Americas. I gave up on PAHO’s cholera reports many years ago, when they […]

Avocats-Stagiaires du BAI décrivent leur lutte pour la justice pour le choléra

Octobre 2015 marque cinq ans depuis que l’ONU a commencé une épidémie de choléra en Haïti, et cinq ans depuis les victimes du l’épidémie ont commencé a réclamer justice. Dans la campagne “Face Justice,” les victimes et les avocats du Bureau des Avocats Internationaux ont affichée des photos des victimes contre les murs siégeant le Local de l’ONU à Port-au-Prince. La journée prochaine ils ont tenu un Sitting devant le siège de l’ONU en vue d’exprimer leur revendications. Outre l’inaction de l’ONU, le gouvernement haïtien n’a pas encore de soutenir les revendications des victimes du choléra. Partie de l’article est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Après 5 Ans, Les Victimes du Choléra Continuent à Réclamer la Justice Jonas Pierre-Louis et Ronald Chataigne, Bertha Blog 15 janvier 2016 Octobre 2015 marqua déjà cinq ans depuis qu’Haïti, après avoir été victime d’un séisme qui a […]

What is the Movement for Cholera Justice?

This blog post by IJDH Staff Attorney Beatrice Lindstrom describes the fight for justice for Haiti’s cholera victims from filing claims with the United Nations in 2011, to the hearing about UN immunity this year. Through the Cholera Justice Network, which includes everyone from our supporters to political leaders, we have slowly but surely pushed the UN towards a just response to the epidemic. Part of the post is below. Click HERE for the full text. FROM HAITIAN VILLAGES TO US COURTS: THE MOVEMENT TO SECURE JUSTICE FOR HAITIAN SURVIVORS OF UN CHOLERA Beatrice Lindstrom, Bertha Justice Initiative Blog December 4, 2014 To reach the remote village where Jean—a cholera survivor who is one of our clients—is an elected community leader, one must drive past the small town of Meille, a vivid reminder of the events that connected Jean with the Bureau […]

Why Care About Human Rights in Haiti?

This interview with Fran Quigley explains not just why people should read his book How Human Rights Can Build Haiti, but why Americans should care about human rights in Haiti in the first place. Part of the post is below. Click HERE for the full text. Love-Haiti Relations Dan Carpenter, Sky Blue Window November 24, 2014 There’s no journalist in Indiana with Fran Quigley‘s global reach and flair for putting a face on social causes. Imagine how he’d shame the rest of us practitioners if this were his day job. … Sky Blue Window: First of all, why should Hoosiers care about a destitute foreign country of 10 million? Fran Quigley: The fact is, they already do care. There are an amazing number of people in Indiana who are doing direct service with long-term Haiti partners. It’s wonderful. The churches, Catholic and evangelical. […]

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