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Haiti’s Cholera Victims Call on UNSG Antonio Guterres to Act One Year after UN’s Apology

The United Nations peacekeepers sparked the world’s deadliest cholera epidemic in Haiti, killing at least 10,000 people and infecting 800,000. The epidemic continues to this day. On December 1, 2016, the UN finally apologized for its role and launched a new plan to eliminate cholera and assist its victims. One year later, victims are still waiting for the UN to honor its promises.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: One Year After UN Apology, Cholera Victims Call Out Unfulfilled Promises

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): mario@ijdh.org, +509-3701-9879 One Year After UN Apology, Cholera Victims Call Out Unfulfilled Promises (Boston, Port-au-Prince, December 1, 2017) – On the one year anniversary of the UN’s historic apology for its role in sparking Haiti’s devastating cholera epidemic, victims appealed to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to follow through on commitments made last year to end cholera transmission and provide remedies. Victims also plan to gather in peaceful protest at 11 am EST outside UN headquarters in Port-au-Prince. One year ago today, then-outgoing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon publicly asked for the Haitian people’s forgiveness for the UN’s role in the epidemic and launched a “New Approach to Cholera in Haiti.”  Many victims viewed the apology as turning a page on a […]

Letter to Editor: U.N. must make long-lasting amends to Haiti

This letter was first published by Miami Herald   Re the Nov. 2 oped “U.N. is committed to a new partnership in Haiti that works” by : We welcome U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres’ concession on the need for U.N. action. But a partnership with Haiti that works requires more than promising words. Admitting that cholera got to Haiti through reckless waste disposal at a U.N. base—as the U.N.’s own experts declared five years ago — would have been a good start. Keeping the U.N.’s existing promises would help too. The former secretary-general announced a “new approach” that included material assistance for victims and a promise to consult them on whether the assistance should include payments to victims or exclusively community projects. Under Guterres’ leadership, the U.N. has taken direct payments off the table and refused to begin consultations. We have […]

As UN Deputy Chief Heads to Haiti, Advocates Urge UN to Keep Promises to Cholera Victims

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): sienna@ijdh.org; +509-4875-3444 As UN Deputy Chief Heads to Haiti, Advocates Urge UN to Keep Promises to Cholera Victims (Boston, Port-au-Prince, November 2, 2017) — Advocates for Haiti’s cholera victims insist that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ announced “new partnership” with Haiti will only help Haiti if accompanied by real action  to raise the $400 million in funds promised by the UN, and a partnership that provides the victims a meaningful opportunity for input. The Secretary-General announced the initiative in a Miami Herald op-ed, ahead of the UN Deputy Secretary-General’s visit to Haiti on Friday, November 3rd.  The Secretary-General notes that a major focus of the trip will be follow-up on the UN’s commitments to a “New Approach to Cholera […]

Fr Michenet Duportal: ‘UN recognizes that it harms us, now, there has to be reparations’

Fr. Duportal to BAI and IJDH team: “We thank you for  the fight you are leading. It’s not easy, but it is a fight for God, because he improves the living conditions of the poor because, God is a god of the poor.” Watch the video below: Translation Feast of St. Michel Archange, Boucan Carré  Father Michenet Duportal: ‘UN recognizes that its harms us, now, there has to be reparations’ Lawyer, Mario Joseph who is advocating throughout the  Fête Patronales (Patronal Festivities) for all the cholera victims and all those who continue to be victimized by cholera. We cannot be silent on this issue, because everytime it rains especially for us here in Boucan Carré, in the highlands of Boucan Carré, Petit Montagne (Little Mountain/Hill), and many other places, there are a lot of people dying as we speak, quietly. […]

Councilor Paul Moïse: Cholera Continues to Kill and Sick our People

Father Ulrique Louis Jeune compliments Mario Joseph of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and promises to pray for both BAI and its team who have been fighting for justice for the victims of cholera that was introduced into Haiti by United Nations peacekeeping soldiers. Watch the video below: Translations Father Ulrique Louis Jeune: The person who is leading the fight against cholera is lawyer, Mario Joseph of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux. They are fighting for compensation for victims of cholera. We promise him our prayers for his continued fight and that he finds other support in order for this country to be relieved. Councilor Paul Moïse, the Chairman of the Conseil d’Administration de la Section Communal (CASEC) (the Chairman of the Board of Council of Communal Section) of Lacoline, Las Cahobas: We are victimized by cholera in many different ways. […]

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