Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

UN Sued Over Cholera in Haiti – CBS

CBS News continues to cover the cholera epidemic in Haiti, highlighting the story of one of the named plaintiffs in the cholera complaint, Lizette Paul. United Nations being sued over Haiti’s cholera epidemic Jeff Glor, CBS News November 7, 2013 (CBS News) A natural disaster occurred in Haiti in 2010 when a devastating earthquake hit that nation. It was quickly followed by a devastating epidemic of cholera. Victims blamed United Nations peacekeepers for bringing the disease to the country. Now they’re filing an unprecedented lawsuit seeking billions. With 10 million people and little access to clean water, the country was hardly prepared for a cholera epidemic. Lizette Paul had lost members of her family from a cholera epidemic in Haiti. She is among those suing the United Nations for bringing the disease into the country. / CBS News Lizette Paul’s family has been torn […]

Haiti Group Demands UN Pay for Cholera Outbreak (CBS News)

CBS News November 8, 2011 (AP)  PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A human rights group said Tuesday it has filed claims with the United Nations seeking damages on behalf of more than 5,000 Haitian cholera victims and their families. The claims filed by the Boston-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti argue that the U.N. and its peacekeeping force are liable for hundreds of millions of dollars for failing to adequately screen peacekeeping soldiers. They cite a range of studies that indicate the infected soldiers caused the outbreak when untreated waste from a U.N. base was dumped into a tributary of Haiti’s most important river. “The sickness, death and ongoing harm from cholera suffered by Haiti’s citizens are a product of the U.N.’s multiple failures,” the complaint reads. “These failures constitute negligence, gross negligence, recklessness, and deliberate indifference for the lives […]

Haiti’s President Declares Nov. 28th Election Day

CBS News PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haitians will be going to the polls this November to select a new president and legislative leaders. On Saturday Haitian President René Préval issued two presidential decrees designating November 28th as the day the elections will be held. While Préval’s five-year term ends in February, Haiti’s parliament voted has granted him a three month extension if a successor is not chosen by the constitutional Feb. 7 date, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald. Most of the estimated $44 million cost to stage the elections will most likely come from the international community. Click HERE to see the Original Article 

Following the Aid Money to Haiti

By Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News Four months after the earthquake, more than 1.5 million Haitians remain homeless. Many live amid utter devastation. Yet enough aid has been raised to give each displaced family a check for $37,000. So why are so many still going hungry and living under flimsy shelters? CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports the little known truth is, most of the $14.9 billion that’s been donated will be used on long term projects to rebuild Haiti. Mark Weisbrot, a former economic consultant to Haiti, said, “The organizations that already have money, should be spending this right now. This is emergency relief..” To find out what has been spent so far, CBS News looked at five major non-profits: CARE, Catholic Relief Services, the Red Cross, the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund and the separate Clinton Foundation Haiti Fund. Only […]

New Math in Haiti – How One Latrine Could Be Counted Three Times

By Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News To understand the baffling reality of how hard it is to “Follow the Money” when it comes to aid to Haiti, it helps to look at — of all things– latrines. In Haiti, latrines are almost as important as food and shelter. Without enough, unsanitary conditions spread diseases like typhoid, malaria, and dysentery. Many of the thousands of relief groups helping in Haiti are contributing to the latrine effort. Help to Haiti “Not Good Enough” Yet according to the United Nations, relief groups fell far short of the mid-April goal of building 11-thousand latrines. At last word, they numbered 5,347: barely half. CBS News counted up the number of latrines that 20 relief groups say they provided or installed in Haiti since the earthquake in January. The total was 10,069. How can that be, when […]

Haiti Wants Food Aid to Stop?

CBS News Government Says Generous Public Outpouring Is Interfering with Economy, Drawing Non-Victims to Camps and Enticing Corruption Of all the things you’ve heard about earthquake aid to Haiti, here’s something you probably didn’t know: Haiti’s government wants large-scale food assistance and free health care to stop. If it’s news to you, it was to CBS News too, when Katie Couric recently visited Haiti and spoke to Erin Boyd, a nutrition aide for UNICEF. Boyd disagrees with cutting back on aid, but told why it’s being done. “When you continue having a lot of food distributions, you lower the price of food so that people can’t trade, and it disrupts markets, basically,” Boyd said. In other words, CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports, there may be such a thing as too much help. The public outpouring is so generous it’s […]

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