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Hold UN Accountable: Join IJDH’s Sienna Merope-Synge at Yale Law School to Discuss UN’s Role in Haiti’s Cholera

Hello Connecticut, Save the Date! Join IJDH’s Staff Attorney Sienna Merope-Synge at Yale Law School on Feb. 12, 2018 from 12:10pm-1:00pm, as she discusses the UN’s role in bringing cholera in Haiti and how they are holding the organization Accountable. Almost two years already passed since UN promised a New Approach to cholera in Haiti, it has not delivered on the promises it made to Haitian people. The victims of cholera are calling on the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to act to eliminate cholera and compensate the victims. #Time2Deliver Find more details about the event HERE. Sponsoring Organization(s) ACS, Schell Center, Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP) Directions to Yale Law School could be found HERE.

Trump Administration Does Not Intend to Contribute to the U.N. Cholera Relief Fund in Haiti

Even though the United States has donated approximately $4.2 billion since the 2010 earthquake, The Trump administration has shown no interest in contributing to the U.N Cholera Relief Fund in Haiti now, nor in the future. The administration argued that they are not responsible for the epidemic and blamed it on U.N. incompetence and the Nepalese peacekeepers. Ban Ki-Moon, former U.N Secretary General has established a trust fund to prevent the further spread of cholera, but has never acknowledged any U.N. legal obligation to compensate Haiti’s victims. It’s now up to the Trump Administration to decide whether to provide aid. Trump Won’t Pay a Penny For U.N. Cholera Relief Fund in Haiti   Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy  June 1, 2017 The Trump administration will rebuff a recent U.N. appeal to contribute millions of dollars to a cash-short trust fund established last year to provide relief […]

Make Justice Happen: Join IJDH as a Legal Intern this Summer to Fight for Cholera Justice in Haiti

About Us Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) has successfully helped Haitians enforce their human rights since 2004. The Institute partners with Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) to support grassroots struggles for justice in Haiti and in the powerful countries abroad where decisions about Haitians’ rights are often made. IJDH and BAI combine traditional legal strategies with organizing, emerging technology, and public advocacy to address the root causes of instability and poverty in Haiti. We fight for justice with routinely excellent legal work, but also with creativity, humility, inspiration and humor, and a supportive work culture. We effect broad changes with modest resources by nurturing large advocacy networks. 2018 Legal Internship IJDH seeks legal interns to work on advocacy and legal cases, including our groundbreaking work to hold the UN accountable for introducing cholera to Haiti, and other human rights projects on an as-needed basis […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IJDH Statement of Solidarity With the Haitian People and Condemnation of President’s White Supremacist Remarks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Wadner Pierre, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), wadner@ijdh.org, +1 (617) 816-2815 IJDH Statement of Solidarity With the Haitian People and Condemnation of President’s White Supremacist Remarks The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) would like to thank the Haitian people for the privilege of joining their struggle for justice over the last fourteen years.  Haitians founded the modern human rights movement when they abolished slavery in 1804— before any other country. The first Black Republic provided critical support to anti-racist and anti-imperialist struggles in the United States, Latin American countries and many others. Haitians continue to be a model and an inspiration for the human rights movement, as they fight for justice, sovereignty and human rights on a daily basis with principle, compassion and courage. On the eighth anniversary of […]

Nicolas Lemay-Hébert Interviewed Brian Concannon on UN Accountability for Haiti’s Cholera

This Interview was first published in the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding Dr. Nicolas Lemay-Hébert interviewed Brian Concannon, Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), on 22 July 2017. IJDH, along with its sister group, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Haiti, have spearheaded a campaign to push the United Nations (UN) to recognize its responsibility in bringing cholera to Haiti, a decision that will certainly have ramifications for the future of international peacekeeping. In the name of thousands of victims in Haiti, IJDH has decided to sue the United Nations in New York for their responsibility in bringing cholera to the country. Can you tell us more about the genesis of the campaign and why IJDH has decided to address this specific issue? As soon as the outbreak was reported, Haitians started pointing at the UN base in […]

A Doctor’s Prescription for Justice in Haiti

Dear friends,In October of this year, “Marie” came into a Partners In Health-supported hospital in Haiti with diarrhea and dehydration. My amazing colleagues at Zanmi Lasante successfully treated her cholera, but that was the easy part. The hard part is the work done by the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) to end the conditions that exposed Marie to a disease no one should get in the 21st century. The real disease that afflicts Marie and other impoverished Haitians is chronic injustice. Ill health is just a symptom of this deeper problem. Marie left the hospital only to return to the ongoing lack of potable water and sanitation that inflicts cholera and other diseases on millions of Haitians every day. The treatment for these conditions is justice. Justice in the form […]

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