The International Association of Democratic Lawyers included two Haiti updates from IJDH in its latest bulletin – one on cholera, and one on elections. This bulletin covers United Nations activities around the world, in preparation for the November meeting of representatives to the UN. Part of each IJDH update is below. Click HERE for the full bulletin. November 2016 JUSTICE FOR CHOLERA VICTIMS IN HAITI (Report by Shannon Jonsson, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti [IJDH]) In a breakthrough for victims seeking to hold the United Nations (UN) accountable for causing the cholera epidemic in Haiti, the organization has finally acknowledged its role in introducing the disease to Haiti, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently announced a new plan to combat the epidemic and provide material assistance to victims and their families. In his September opening statement to the General […]
Diplomacy in the Time of Cholera: Immunity Not Impunity October 15th, 2016 Brian Concannon gave an interview with Alexandra Arneri-Matsis of The Gravity podcast. Concannon discusses the U.N.’s actions in causing, covering up and refusing to accept responsibility for the cholera epidemic in Haiti. Alexandra and Brian discuss the legal and policy issues behind the U.N.’s diplomatic immunity, including the Second Circuit’s decision in Georges et. al. v. the U.N., the U.N. Charter, the 1946 Convention of the Privileges and Immunities of the U.N. and the Status of Forces Agreement with Haiti. Additionally, they discuss the U.N.’s obligations under the Convention and the Status of Forces Agreement and its refusal to perform its obligations of providing redress in Haiti and throughout its other peacekeeping missions. Click HERE for the podcast’s website.
This article features IJDH’s Beatrice Lindstrom, the attorney who has been arguing the cholera case against the United Nations in court. When cholera initially broke out in Haiti, the UN origin was so obvious that Beatrice and others expected the organization to take responsibility and immediately begin addressing the problem. Six years later, the UN is only just beginning to admit responsibility and form a new strategy to eliminate cholera. Meanwhile, we have to decide whether to appeal the cholera case in the Supreme Court. Beatrice hopes that the UN plan will be fair enough not to merit this action. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Beatrice Lindstrom ’10 advocates for cholera victims in Haiti NYU Law News October 18, 2016 When Beatrice Lindstrom ’10 decided to become a human rights lawyer, she says, “suing the […]
Haitian American Productions has created a powerful video to spread the reach of the #EndHaitiCholera movement. Click HERE to watch the video on Haitian American Productions’ Facebook page. Haitian American Productions joins #EndHaitiCholera Haiti Advocacy Working Group October 18, 2016 We have teamed up with Haitian American Productions to expand the reach of the #EndHaitiCholera campaign! Please check out the powerful video these guys have put together and share it widely. They often post hilarious videos for their fans. This time, they put a serious spin on the serious issue of cholera in Haiti–not a laughing matter. Like their page, share the video, and make sure to tweet and share your selfie with the hashtag: #EndHaitiCholera. Be part of the movement to End Cholera in Haiti! Click HERE to watch the video, and click HERE for the original article.
Haiti, while still in the process of recovering from the destruction of the 2010 earthquake and fighting a subsequent cholera outbreak brought by UN peacekeepers, has been devastated by yet another natural disaster – Hurricane Matthew. The US needs to provide aid, both financial and otherwise, to Haiti in this difficult time. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Inquirer Editorial: U.S. shouldn’t wait until the next disaster to do more for Haiti The Philadelphia Inquirer October 18, 2016 With so much happening in our country, including a pivotal presidential election and coastal states’ daunting recovery from Hurricane Matthew, maybe it’s understandable that the storm’s impact on Haiti has been an afterthought for many Americans. But the death and destruction in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation shouldn’t be ignored. The United States and Haiti were […]
Senator Markey (D-MA) makes a statement regarding UN aid to Haiti following Hurricane Matthew. He states that the UN’s actions thus far are “grossly inadequate” and calls for increased leadership by the UN in response to the destruction of Hurricane Matthew. PRESS RELEASE: Senator Markey Criticizes United Nations Response to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti Senator Ed Markey October 18, 2016 Washington (October 18, 2016) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, today called the United Nations (UN) effort to remedy the humanitarian crisis in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew grossly inadequate. Approximately 546 people have been killed as a result of the deadly storm, 438 injured, and 128 are missing. At least 2.1 million people in Haiti have been affected by Hurricane Matthew’s damage, with more than 1.4 million in […]