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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 […]

Advocates Decry UN Chief’s Lack of Urgency on Haiti Cholera 

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  +509-4875-3444 NEW YORK, BOSTON May 25, 2017—Advocates for victims of the UN-caused cholera epidemic in Haiti criticized a long-awaited report by Secretary-General António Guterres as a lackluster document symptomatic of a lackluster fundraising effort for the UN’s New Approach to Cholera in Haiti.  The $400 million plan, announced in December, has generated only 3% of the contributions needed. Secretary-General Guterres’ report, delivered on Tuesday, fails to even articulate a realistic plan for raising the balance of the funds. “The report demonstrates that despite the UN’s promises, despite its cholera killing over 9,000 Haitians so far with hundreds more destined to die in 2017, responding to cholera is simply not one of the Secretary-General’s priorities,” said Brian […]

Rep. Ted Deutch: DHS’s Six-Month TPS Extension “Leaves Haitian TPS-holders living in uncertainty”

The Representative of Florida’s 22nd Congressional District, Ted Deutch lambasted the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s six-month Temporary Protected Status (TPS ) extension for Haitian nationals in an Op-Ed published by the Miami Herald.  Deutch urged  Secretary John Kelly to reconsider his decision, which he wrote, “should be based on humanitarian considerations — not arbitrary deadlines.”  The congressman added that  the DHS’s decision has done nothing than creating  fear and  unsease amongst Haitian TPS-holders. “This [decision] leaves Haitian TPS-holders living in uncertainty about whether they will be separated from their families and communities,”  Deutch wrote referring to the DHS’s disappointing decision.  Seven years after a 7.0 earthquake flattened Haiti’s capital, thousands of people continue to call makeshift tents and shelters their homes, and  the cholera outbreak introduced by the United Nations peacekeeping soldiers has not been put under control after […]

James McCamenth’s Recommendation for Shortened TPS Contradicts Previous Report

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s current 18-month designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians, which allows over 50,000 Haitians who have been residing legally in the United States, will expire on July 22. Last December, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that many problems continued in Haiti, including housing shortages, a cholera epidemic, limited medical care, economic concerns, food insecurity and security threats, which made it unsuitable for Haitians to return to their earthquake-ridden country. The USCIS acting director James McCament’s recommendation that the U.S. government end TPS for thousands of Haitian nationals by next January is a departure from the agency’s previous stance. Extending TPS for those Haitians living in the U.S. in the past seven years is the right thing to do. As McCament’s predecessor, Leon Rodriguez, said, “…it usually is in the best interest of the U.S. to […]

Boston Globe Calling on President Trump to Keep His Word by Extending TPS for Haitians

U.S. newspapers continue to press on the Trump administration to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 50, 000 Haitians who are living  in the United States legally. In its April 24 editorial, the Boston Globe calls on President Donald Trump to keep his words. Last fall during a campaign rally in Miami’s Little Haiti, then candidate Trump told Haitian-Americans that he wanted “to be their biggest champion” whether they voted for him or not. Additionally, the Boston Globe countered the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, James McCament’s report in which he stated that “things have improved enough in Haiti to end Temporary Protected Status for Haitians.” The paper reminded Mr. McCament that “Conditions have not improved — if anything, the situation is more dire.” As many news outlets already did, the Boston Globe urged the Department of Homeland […]

Extending Temporary Protected Status for over 50,000 Is the Right Thing to Do

Several U.S. newspapers are calling on the Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly to show compassion by extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for over 50, 000 Haitians who have been living in the United States legally. The editorial boards of those papers argued that sending thousands of Haitians back to Haiti, an earthquake-ravaged country, will be a “travesty.” They also pointed out that thousands of Haitians are still calling shelters and makeshift tents their homes seven years after the earthquake devastated the western part of the country. Finally, they added that thousands of Haitians are still battling the curable cholera epidemic introduced by United Nations peacekeepers soon after the Jan. 10 earthquake. Read the full article HERE. More calls for TPS extension here. Let them stay: U.S. must show compassion to threatened Haitians Editorial, New York Daily News April […]

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