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Haiti: Church Leader and Elected Officials Demand Justice and Reparations for Cholera Victims

Mario Joseph from the Bureau Des Avocats Internationaux has been fighting non-stop for cholera victims to get individual compensation and for the United Nations to be held accountable for their actions. In this recent video, Church leaders and elected officials advocate for the same and support the work done by the Bureau Des Avocats Internationaux. Translations Father Pierre Withny: Mario Joseph is a lawyer. As you know he is pleading before the United Nations (UN) to demand reparations for the cholera epidemic that the UN soldiers introduced to us in Haiti. Lawyer Mario, We hope your work will bear fruit. [And] we hope UN will remedy this country. Wilson Balder, Mayor of Lascahobas: Cholera is still raging the country, especially after the recent hurricane. We have registered many cases, particularly in the Municipality of Las Cahobas.  We demand that UN […]

Deputy Jerry Tardieu: “UN has a moral responsibility toward all cholera victims”

Savanette: Feast of  Notre Dame de la Nativité During the celebration of the Feast of Notre Dame de la Nativité in Municipality Savanette, Plateau Central, Father Joël Deluce applauds BAI’s Mario Joseph and other national and international lawyers for their fight for justice and reparations for all of Haiti’s cholera victims.    Translations   Father Joël Deluce: Lawyer Mario Joseph is here with us. He’s the one who’s fighting along with a team of national and international lawyers for justice and reparations for all of the victims of the cholera epidemic. On August 18th 2016, the United Nations publicly acknowledged that within three months, it will give a response to the victims. If Lawyer Mario is here today, he is here to help the cholera victims get reparations Lawyer, thank you for the work you are doing for this country. […]

Haiti’s Senate Bill Discriminates Against LGBTQ Community

In June, a bill was adopted by the Haitian Senate which not only violates the Haitian Constitution, it also further marginalizes and discriminates against the LGBTQ community. Consensual homosexual relationships in Haiti have been legal since 1986, yet due to religious culture, the subject remains taboo. Mario Joseph, Managing Attorney at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), urged the Haitian government to protect the rights and dignity of Haitian LGBTQ individuals. “The Haitian government must respect its obligation to protect disadvantaged populations instead of persecuting them,” said Joseph. Read Full Article HERE Haiti Senate Bill Discriminates Against LGBTQ Community, Human Rights Org Says The Haitian Times A recent bill adopted by the Haitian Senate last month discriminates against the LGBTQ community and violates the Haitian constitution, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) said in a recent release. The Bill on the Reputation and Assessment of Good and Moral […]

Haitians to U.N. Security Council: Justice for the Victims of Cholera, Child Support for Peacekeepers’ Abandoned Children

The United Nations Security Council ended a three-day visit to Haiti on Saturday, after hearing a variety of concerns during the meetings  with President Jovenel Moïse, Haitian lawmakers,  Haitian civil society and cholera advocates. Among the issues Haitians raised were the compensation for the cholera victims, child support for the abandoned children fathered by U.N. peacekeeping soldiers and the desire for a new, smaller mission to be Haiti’s last. On cholera, the Security Council delegation reaffirmed its support for the new efforts undertaken by the UN. Tell U.N. it’s time to deliver. Join our Time2Deliver campaign and urge your country to contribute to the cholera fund. Click HERE for the full article. Cholera, babies left by U.N. peacekeepers top list of Haiti’s woes Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald June 24, 2017 PORT-AU-PRINCE The 15-member United Nations Security Council ended a visit to Haiti Saturday, promising to […]

UN Killed 10,000 in Haiti, After Mass Arrests in 2004, ICP To Return to Scene of the Crime with UNSC

Matthew Russell Lee, Inner City Press June 20, 2017 UNITED NATIONS, June 20 – While in some places the UN system may be doing good work, its killing of more and 10,000 Haitians with cholera, and its years of denial, have been a low point. Now with the UN Security Council slated to visit Haiti from June 22 and 24 — Inner City Press will cover it — the strange and some say shameful history of the UN’s MINUSTAH mission comes to the fore. After the UN Security Council on April 30, 2004 approved the deployment of MINUSTAH, by September 30, 2004 protesters were being killed, then further protesters arrested and loaded into UN Armored Personnel Carriers. Particularly given the position of CARICOM and the African Union, this was a low for the UN. But it would go lower still. On […]

Advocates Denounce UN Breaking Promise of Compensation for Cholera Victims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +617-652- 0876 Advocates Denounce UN Breaking Promise of Compensation for Cholera Victims Call on governments to fulfill UN’s promises to right wrongs in Haiti Wednesday, June 15, Boston — Human rights advocates denounced yesterday’s UN announcement that it will unilaterally replace compensation for victims of the UN-caused cholera outbreak in Haiti with “community projects,” in violation of its promise to involve victims in that decision. Since announcing a “New Approach” to cholera in Haiti last August, the UN has repeatedly pledged to place victims at the center of the process and consult with them on the elaboration of its promised material assistance package. Ten months later, without holding a single consultation session with the victims, the UN made the decision to abandon the compensation […]

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