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Ban Ki-moon Finally Apologizes For Cholera, More Work to Be Done

After nearly six years of denial in order to avoid accountability for bringing a deadly cholera epidemic to Haiti, Secretary-General Bakn Ki-moon finally apologized in an address before the UN General Assembly. In the same address, he also provided more details on a new two-track UN plan to eliminate cholera from Haiti and provide “material assistance.” The UN plans to meet with Haiti and with victims and their families to flesh out the plan. During the Assembly, over 20 countries spoke to commend the plan, the apology, and pledge their aid. This article also quotes Mario Joseph, Managing Attorney of BAI. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. After 6 years, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon finally says “sorry” to Haiti’s cholera victims Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald December 1, 2016     The day before United […]

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 […]

Haitian Cholera Victims React to UN Apology

December 1, 2016 Haitian cholera victims watched a live webstream of the United Nations briefing on the new cholera plan, which included a long-awaited apology from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. There was a spontaneous cheer and applause when Ban Ki-Moon apologized during his speech and an extraordinary atmosphere in the room. In reaction to the Secretary-General’s address, victims were clear that words aren’t enough and that concrete action on eradication and compensation is needed, but welcomed and accepted the apology itself. These are unofficial translations: Desir Jean-Clair, Boucan Care: This was a victory for us today. It wasn’t easy. We sent thousands of letters and were in the street to get this victory for them to say today that they were responsible. They said that and we thank them. But it can’t end there. Because today there is still cholera in all the […]

Press Advisory – UN Cholera Plan Announced

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   PRESS ADVISORY Thursday, December 1, 2016, New York — On Thursday, December 1, the UN Secretary-General is launching a new UN response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti.  The Secretary-General is also expected to address Haitians who have suffered from cholera during the presentation, and may issue a public apology for the UN’s introduction of cholera to Haiti. What: Secretary-General address on new cholera response. When: Thursday December 1, 3:00 pm. Where: Trusteeship Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY.   The session is open, but U.N. accreditation is required to attend.  The session will also be live-streamed at http://webtv.un.org. Prior to the session, the Deputy Secretary-General is holding a press briefing at […]

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 […]

Haïti -post Matthew : visite d’observation du Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) dans le département du Sud (English Included)

Haïti -post Matthew : visite d’observation du Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) dans le département du Sud 20 octobre 2016 Du  vendredi 07 au samedi 08 octobre,  pour observer l’ampleur des dégâts  et les conditions  des droits humains  des victimes survécus de la catastrophe socio-naturelle Matthew, le Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), à travers une délégation composée d’avocat, de photographe et de sociologue, a entrepris, à longueurs de journées,  des visites d’observation  dans plusieurs communes du département du sud : Cavaillon, Les Cayes, Torbeck, Port-salut, Carpentier et roche-à-bateau. D’après les observations du BAI, le département  du sud a été quasiment détruit par l’ouragan Matthew. Les plantations, les maisons, les  têtes de bétail, les articles de maisons, les infrastructures routières, les infrastructures  sanitaires, scolaires et  de l’Electricité D’Etat d’Haïti (EDH), bref les biens de la population du sud ont été  pratiquement emportés, détruits […]

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