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UN apology a ‘major step towards justice,’ still much to be done

Following UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s apology to Haitians for the UN’s role in the cholera outbreak, several Haiti affiliated groups have accepted the apology, while demanding that the UN effectively implement its proposed plan as soon as possible. Brian Concannon calls on member states to “rise to the challenge and actually fund and effectively execute the projects.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Taking ‘Major Steps Towards Justice,’ UN Apologizes for Haiti Cholera Outbreak Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams December 2, 2016   Marking what one advocacy group hailed as “major steps towards justice,” the United Nations on Thursday apologized for its role in the deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti. Since the outbreak began in 2010—firmly linked to reckless sewage practices by a Nepalese contingent of U.N. peacekeepers—data from the World Health Organization shows thatcholera […]

How to Truly “Build Back Better” After Hurricane Matthew

After Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, international organizations and donors promised to “build back better” but the effort became a strong example of failed disaster aid. After Hurricane Matthew, care needs to be taken to ensure that the same mistakes are not repeated. The best way to do that is to work with local Haitian groups, who know the context in Haiti and (contrary to some beliefs) have lots of ideas about how to rebuild. Though this can be complicated by lack of donation infrastructure, there are some nonprofits who are trying to bridge the gap. The key is using “our considerable resources to truly partner with Haitian groups.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Hurricane Matthew: Haitians Rebuilding Haiti Nancy Young, Common Dreams October 11, 2016 In the days before Hurricane Matthew, when it became […]

Common Dreams Reviews ‘How Human Rights Can Build Haiti’

This review of Fran Quigley’s How Human Rights Can Build Haiti includes many of the history lessons Quigley brings in throughout the book. It describes how BAI and IJDH’s work fits in with that history, and why this book is a must-read for anyone interested in human rights. Part of the review is below. Click HERE for the full text. ‘How Human Rights Can Build Haiti’ Marjorie Cohn, Common Dreams February 2, 2015 Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. It has suffered a devastating earthquake followed by a deadly cholera epidemic, both set in the backdrop of a history of oppression by corrupt rulers and foreign exploitation. In spite of incredible challenges, two intrepid human rights attorneys – one Haitian and one American – have worked diligently to vindicate the rights of the people of Haiti, with some notable […]

Cholera Victims Dismissed but Not Defeated

On January 9, 2015, a US judge ruled that UN Immunity is absolute in the case of Haitian cholera victims. Since the UN hasn’t provided an alternate method of seeking justice, this implies there is nowhere in the world where cholera victims can find justice. As this author reminds us, many cases of human rights violations were dismissed at first, until public pressure caused justice to be served. The cholera victims and their lawyers will appeal this decision and keep fighting until they get justice. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haga clic AQUÍ para leer la versión española. Haitian Cholera Victims Undaunted by Court Ruling of UN Immunity Fran Quigley, Common Dreams January 20, 2015 Earlier this month, on the eve of the 5th anniversary of Haiti’s tragic earthquake, a U.S. District Court judge ruled […]

UN Still Struggles to Raise Cholera Elimination Funds

Even after launching several “new” cholera elimination plans since the epidemic first began four years ago, the United Nations is still struggling to raise adequate funds for water and sanitation in Haiti. While donors hesitate to fund the plans for various reasons, some argue that the biggest is the lack of UN accountability for causing the epidemic in the first place. The UN itself has the capacity to fund the plan, if only it was prioritized effectively. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. High-Level Donor Conference on Cholera in Haiti Fails to Secure Much Needed Funding Jake Johnston, Common Dreams October 11, 2014 Like a Matryoshka doll, inside each cholera elimination initiative for Haiti one will find another and inside that, yet another. At the two-year anniversary of the earthquake, in January 2012, organizations launched a “call to […]

US Protection Helped Duvalier Escape Justice

One major factor that slowed the Duvalier prosecution was the United States’ refusal to help. The US has the ability to provide evidence and support that would’ve made a major difference in the trial but instead, and unlike past actions in Haiti and elsewhere, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decided to leave the prosecution to the Haitian government. Now, Duvalier has died a free man. The victims and their advocates still want justice and will continue by prosecuting Duvalier’s co-defendants. It’s just a shame that Duvalier, too, was not held accountable for his crimes. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. From Cradle to Grave, the US Protected Jean-Claude Duvalier Fran Quigley, Common Dreams October 10, 2014 In February of 2013, I stood in a sweaty, overcrowded Port-au-Prince courtroom and watched as Jean-Claude Duvalier answered questions […]

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