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‘Shameful': UK and US under fire over blocked funds for Haiti cholera victims

  The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, asked member states to allow the UN to re-allocate $40.3 million in leftover funds from previous projects in Haiti to the Haiti Cholera fund. These funds would have an immediate impact in saving lives, according to the Secretary-General. However, none of the five permanent members of the Security Council, including the United States and the United Kingdom, have approved the motion to transfer the funds. Now, the multi-partner cholera trust fund, which has only gathered $2 million, has less than $200 thousand remaining. IJDH’s Brian Concannon: “All the [permanent security council members] spend hundreds of millions of taxpayers dollars on the UN. But the UN is flouting its legal responsibilities towards the people of Haiti on cholera… The underspend idea wasn’t supposed to be the end result, but low-hanging fruit. People in the […]

UN’s Disastrous Legacy in Haiti – Edwidge Danticat

The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, established in June of 2004, has finally come to an end after thirteen long years. MINUSTAH was established to create a “secure and stable environment” in Haiti, which was viewed as a threat to international peace and security in the region.” However, instead of pacifying the nation, MINUSTAH acted as “a continuous military operation in a country in which there was no war.” In addition to killing, injuring and raping Haitian citizens, United Nations peacekeepers also caused the cholera epidemic which has claimed thousands of Haitian lives. The UN has yet to alleviate the trauma it has caused Haiti. Meanwhile, the institution has replaced MINUSTAH with a smaller version, MINUJUSTH (United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti), aimed at helping the Haitian government strengthen its institutions and police force. The evidence […]

Cholera Victims to Protest as UN Security Council Lands in Haiti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +1-617-652-0876 Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (Port-au-Prince): brian@ijdh.org, +509-3701-9879 Cholera Victims to Protest as UN Security Council Lands in Haiti Call on UN to Deliver on Promised Response by MINUSTAH Withdrawal Wednesday, June 21, Boston, Port-au-Prince—Haitian cholera victims and their advocates called on the UN Security Council to deliver on the promise of a new, victim-centered approach to cholera during its visit to Haiti this week, by meeting directly with victims and committing to funding the $400 million initiative before MINUSTAH –the peacekeeping mission that caused the cholera epidemic—pulls out in October. “The UN’s apology and promises were promising in December,“ said Mario Joseph, Managing Attorney of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) that has led the fight for justice for cholera victims. “But seven […]

UN Fundraising for Cholera Victims at 2% of Necessary Funds

After admitting the role of UN peacekeepers in causing Haiti’s deadly cholera outbreak, the UN is far behind in its goals to remedy the crisis. The ambitious $400 million plan would provide reparations to cholera victims, decrease the number of yearly cholera cases and invest in development projects to provide more clean drinking water and toilets. However, voluntary contributions to the campaign have constituted a mere 2% of necessary funds, sending a clear red flag that cholera victims may continue to wait for their promised reparations, or not receive them at all. An excerpt is shown below. Click HERE for the full story. UN Fund to Fight Cholera in Haiti at 2 Percent of Goal Voice of America Learning English March 12, 2017 Late last year, the United Nations promised to strengthen its fight against the spread of the deadly cholera disease. U.N. peacekeeping troops unknowingly brought the […]

UN Struggles to Fund Cholera Plan or Consult Victims

In December 2016, when then-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized to Haitians for the UN cholera epidemic for the first time, he also announced a $400 million plan to reduce cholera and aid cholera victims. So far, the plan is only about 2% funded from voluntary contributions and pledges from UN member states. The new Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has asked all member states to notify him of their intentions regarding the plan by March 6. IJDH Director Brian Concannon emphasizes that despite funding concerns, the UN must consult with cholera victims and their families as it had originally promised. So far, there has been no word of these consultations beginning. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN Fund to Fight Cholera in Haiti Hovers at 2 Percent of Goal Carol Guensburg, VOA News March 1, 2017 Late last year, […]

Pretrial Detention and Malnutrition in Haiti’s Prisons

Haiti’s prisons are the most crowded in the world, with 454% occupancy. This leads to many kinds of preventable diseases, as well as malnutrition from the strain on resources at the prisons. Malnutrition has become even more of a problem recently, as Haiti faces a food shortage. Many of the inmates have not been before a judge yet: Pretrial detention is a rampant problem in Haiti’s justice system. As IJDH Director Brian Concannon describes, there is not much incentive for this to change because even the families of innocent inmates are roped into paying bribes to get their loved ones out of prison. Part of the article is bellow. Click HERE for the full text. AP Exclusive” Malnutrition killing inmates in Haiti jails David McFadden, The Washington Post February 20, 2017 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Dozens of emaciated men with sunken […]

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