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As UN Closes MINUSTAH, Advocates Condemn Accountability Failures

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): nicole@ijdh.org, +011 509 4645-2888 No Justice, No Credibility: Ignoring Legal Obligations to Victims Guarantees Ineffectiveness of MINUJUSTH (BOSTON AND PORT-AU-PRINCE, October 11, 2017)—As the UN closes its Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) after thirteen years and opens a new mission, rights groups warned that the UN must be accountable to victims of MINUSTAH’s human rights abuses if the successor mission is to have credibility. MINUSTAH has engaged in a pattern of abuse and impunity since its arrival in 2004, including causing the worst cholera epidemic of modern times. When it closes on October 15, MINUSTAH will be succeeded by the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), a smaller peacekeeping force with a mission to build […]

After Thirteen Years, What Will Be the U.N.’s Legacy in Haiti?

On October 16, the United Nations (U.N.) will end its 13-year controversial peacekeeping mission in Haiti. The U.N. Mission for Stabilization in Haiti known by its French acronym MINUSTAH has been plagued by a series of controversies from sexual abuses to the current cholera epidemic. The UN cholera epidemic has killed over 10,000 Haitians and sickened 800,000 more. It took the U.N. nearly six years to acknowledge its role in spreading cholera and to issue a formal public apology to the Haitian people. Join our Time2Deliver campaign to press the U.N. to keep its promise to Haitian people and urge your country to contribute to the cholera fund if it has not already done so. Read the full article HERE The U.N.’s Legacy in Haiti: Stability, but for Whom? Jake Johnston, World Politics Review  After 13 years and more than $7 billion, […]

U.N. Wants to Transfer MINUSTAH’s Underspent Dollars to Haiti’s Cholera Fund

The United Nations said that it will ask Member States to voluntarily transfer their share of the MINUSTAH’s unspent money to the Haiti cholera fund to assist the victims of cholera. In 92 days, the U.N. will close its 13-year controversial peacekeeping mission on October 16th. Join our Time2Deliver campaign to add pressure to the  U.N. so that they can respect the promise they made to Haitian people. Read Full Article HERE UN asks countries to shift $40m to Haiti cholera fund, World UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations said Thursday it will ask countries to voluntarily hand over $40.5 million remaining from the budget of the soon-to-close mission in Haiti to help victims of cholera in the Caribbean country. The General Assembly adopted a resolution endorsing a proposal from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who is facing a major shortfall in the $400 million […]

Cholera Victims’ Advocates Denounce UN’s Evasion of Responsibility in Kosovo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +617-652- 0876 Cholera Victims’ Advocates Denounce UN’s Evasion of Responsibility in Kosovo BOSTON, May 26, 2017 –– Advocates for cholera victims in Haiti condemned today’s UN statement indicating that the Organization refuses to comply with its own human rights panel’s findings that victims of lead poisoning in a UN displaced persons camp in Kosovo are entitled to compensation. Instead of the justice required by international law, the UN proposes providing victims with charitable community projects to the extent that the projects attract international funding. “In Kosovo, as in Haiti, the UN is substituting charity for justice, evading its legal obligation to compensate by offering to ask other entities to fund charitable projects,” said Sienna Merope-Synge, an attorney with the Institute for Justice and Democracy […]

Ban Ki-moon’s “half apology” to Haiti

Following the UN Secretary General’s apology to Haiti on December 1st, there have been many critiques of what is being dubbed Ban Ki-moon’s “incomplete apology.” Many condemn the UN’s continued refusal to admit legal responsibility for the introduction of cholera into Haiti, and many more are openly challenging the UN to show its commitment to Haiti by quickly and effectively raising the necessary money for Ban’s plan. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The UN’s Incomplete Apology To Haiti Kim Ives, Haiti Liberte December 8, 2016   United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who will step down at the end of this month, made his most explicit apology yet for the UN’s role and responsibility in Haiti’s cholera epidemic, the world’s worst. However, in his ballyhooed Dec. 1 address to the UN General Assembly, Ban stopped short […]

UNSG Ban Ki-moon’s editorial in the Miami Herald

In the editorial below, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, addresses the readers in a similar fashion as in his apology on December 1, 2016. He explains the purpose and possible structure of the UN’s two track initiative in Haiti, and expresses his remorse over the UN’s role in the epidemic. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Righting a wrong in Haiti Ban Ki-moon, Miami Herald December 5, 2016 Last week, I addressed the U.N. General Assembly to outline a new approach to tackle cholera in Haiti — a disease that has afflicted nearly 800,000 people and claimed the lives of more than 9,000 Haitians over the last six years. This tragedy has cast a shadow upon the relationship between the U.N. and the people of Haiti. It is a blemish on the reputation […]

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