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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, (English, Français, Kreyol) Mario Joseph, Port-au-Prince, +509-3701-9879, (Kreyol, Français, English) Beatrice Lindstrom, New York, +1-404-217-1302; (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.

Brian Concannon “To the Point” Interview: Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti

KCRW gave an interview with Brian Concannon on Hurricane Matthew. To access the interview, click the link below, scroll to the second play option under “From This Episode” titled Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti Click HERE to listen to the interview.

Four minute Boston CBS interview with IJDH’s Brian Concannon

Click HERE to check out the interview on Hurricane Matthew, why the death toll is so high, and how to help.

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