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Victims & Advocates Commend Announcement of New UN Haiti Cholera Response

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +617-652- 0876 Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (Port-au-Prince) : sienna@ijdh.org, +509-4875-3444   Victims & Advocates Commend Announcement of New UN Haiti Cholera Response Secretary-General Issues Historic Apology to Victims (NEW YORK, PORT-AU-PRINCE, December 1, 2016)–Advocates for cholera victims in Haiti welcome the announcement of a new UN response that promises to reduce cholera in Haiti and provide material assistance to the most affected victims.  The plan pledges to place victims at its center and to involve them in the developments of the details of the plan. The Secretary-General also apologized to Haitian victims, saying that the UN “simply did not do enough with regard to the cholera outbreak and its spread in Haiti” and “we are profoundly sorry for our role.” The advocates called the Secretary-General’s […]

A Human Rights-based Approach to Disaster Response in Haiti

While the devastation of Hurricane Matthew recalled the human rights crises that followed Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, it also brought up a topic that wasn’t discussed as much after the earthquake: a rights-based approach to disaster relief. According to international law, a human-rights-based approach entails capacity-building, participation, transparency, accountability, and non-discrimination. Applying all of these principles will allow organizations and funders to truly collaborate with Haitian people and organizations to make sure that there is lasting change long after debris from the Hurricane has been cleaned up. Part of the post is below. Click HERE for the full text. Applying Human Rights Principles to Disaster Response Karen Ansara and Brian Concannon, International Human Rights Funders Group November 2, 2016 Hurricane Matthew’s devastation in Haiti provides both a historic opportunity and a daunting challenge to funders who care about human rights. We […]

Statement of Lawyers for Victims of the UN Cholera in Haiti on the Report of UN Special Rapporteur Alston

  Contact: Sienna Merope-Synge, Port-au-Prince, +509-4875-3444, sienna@ijdh.org (English, Français, Kreyol) Mario Joseph, Port-au-Prince, +509-3701-9879, mario@ijdh.org (Kreyol, Français, English) Beatrice Lindstrom, New York, +1-404-217-1302; beatrice@ijdh.org (English, Français, Kreyol) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/POUR DIFFUSION IMMEDIAT (Français en bas) Statement of Lawyers for Victims of the UN Cholera in Haiti on the Report of UN Special Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Phillip Alston Déclaration des avocats des victimes du choléra de l’ONU en Haïti face au Rapport du Rapporteur Spéciale sur l’extrême pauvreté et droits humains Philip Alston   NEW YORK, PORT-AU-PRINCE, October 25, 2016— The Report on cholera in Haiti delivered on October 25 by UN Special Rapporteur Phillip Alston is a vindication of the cholera victims’ rights and testament to their six-year struggle for justice. The report is critical of the UN for trying to respond to Haiti’s cholera epidemic […]

MA Senators Markey and Forry Discuss Aid and Cholera Accountability at the State House

The week after Hurricane Matthew ravaged Haiti, Senators Ed Markey and Linda Dorcena Forry held a forum at the Massachusetts State House called “Eyes on Haiti.” In it, they discussed the response to Matthew, what Senator Markey had seen in his visit to Haiti after the hurricane, aid accountability, and justice for cholera. Senator Markey stated that he believes we are getting closer to justice for cholera, especially with the opportunity of Ban Ki-moon’s term ending soon, but the United Nations probably needs continued pressure to make it “do the right thing.” IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon discussed how the lack of accountability caused Hurricane Matthew to devastate Haiti much more than surrounding countries that were hit. The next forum is planned for the first week of December. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. […]

Gravity Podcast Interviews Brian Concannon

Diplomacy in the Time of Cholera: Immunity Not Impunity October 15th, 2016 Brian Concannon gave an interview with Alexandra Arneri-Matsis of The Gravity podcast. Concannon discusses the U.N.’s actions in causing, covering up and refusing to accept responsibility for the cholera epidemic in Haiti. Alexandra and Brian discuss the legal and policy issues behind the U.N.’s diplomatic immunity, including the Second Circuit’s decision in Georges et. al. v. the U.N., the U.N. Charter, the 1946 Convention of the Privileges and Immunities of the U.N. and the Status of Forces Agreement with Haiti. Additionally, they discuss the U.N.’s obligations under the Convention and the Status of Forces Agreement and its refusal to perform its obligations of providing redress in Haiti and throughout its other peacekeeping missions.       Click HERE for the podcast’s website.  

Plurrify podcast interview with Brian Concannon

Earlier this week Brian Concannon gave a podcast interview with Mathias Antonsson, CEO and Founder of Plurrify. Concannon discusses IJDH’s various projects in Haiti, including cholera accountability, fair elections, women’s rights, lawyer training, and the Duvalier prosecution. Concannon also details his personal story, and how a native Bostonian became a prominent and active fighter for Haitian rights. Plurrify October 11, 2016   Click HERE for the post on Plurrify’s site.

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