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Open Letter from Haitian Diaspora to President of Haiti for Standing Claims Commission

PDF version available View in French The Haitian diaspora condemns the negligence of the United Nations on the matter of the cholera epidemic and requests that the Haitian government obtains justice for the victims. The diaspora calls for the creation of a commission to gather claims for compensation for the epidemic. They write to the President of Haiti for swift action in obtaining justice for the cholera victims.  Your Excellency, We write to you as leaders in the Haitian diaspora to highlight a critical opportunity for the Haitian Government to ensure that cholera victims finally obtain justice for the harms they have suffered as a result of the United Nations’ negligence. The Haitian Government has a time sensitive opportunity to initiate a standing claims commission to hear cholera victims’ claims related to injury, illness and death, and determine compensation by […]

Diaspora Groups and Leaders Ask Kerry to Drop U.S. Resistance to Haiti Vote Fraud Inquiry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kermshlise Picard, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti; media@ijdh.org, 617-652-0876 Diaspora Groups and Leaders Ask Kerry to Drop U.S. Resistance to Haiti Vote Fraud Inquiry Boston, April 7 – 28 Haitian-American diaspora organizations and 32 political, religious and community leaders wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry today calling on the U.S. to support an inquiry into electoral fraud during the 2015 elections in Haiti. American officials have staunchly opposed the establishment of a verification commission to examine fraud allegations, a stance which has “undermined democracy while harming the United States’ credibility in Haiti,” according to the letter. Haiti’s electoral process has been stalled since January 22 when massive street protests forced the suspension of the vote. After singer-turned-politician Michel Martelly stepped down as president on February 7, a transitional government was put […]

Letter from the Haitian-American Community to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Elections in Haiti

Click HERE for the pdf version of this letter. April 7, 2016 Letter from the Haitian-American Community to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Elections in Haiti The Honorable John Kerry Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, D.C. 20520 Dear Secretary Kerry: We respectfully urge the State Department to chart a far different and better course in Haiti than it has so far. We believe that the Department’s positions to date have undermined Haiti’s democracy while harming the United States’ credibility in Haiti. We request that the United States adopt a policy that prioritizes respect for Haitians’ democratic rights, not political expediency. Recent U.S. policy towards Haiti has contributed to a dangerous process of political polarization. On December 26, the day before an election evaluation commission was set to review allegations of irregularities, […]

Demand for Cholera Justice Continues to Increase

Professor Fran Quigley, of Indiana University’s Robert H McKinney School of Law, reflects on the enormous outpouring of support for the cholera victims’ appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In total, 86 legal practitioners, organizations, academics and former UN officers submitted 6 briefs before the court in support of the cholera victims’ struggle for justice. In this IndyStar article, Professor Quigley commends the broad coalition of support, noting that the briefs should certainly ‘make UN leadership sit up and take notice.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Quigley: UN has promises to keep in Haiti Fran Quigley, Indy Star July 10, 2015 The announcement by the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti was only a slight exaggeration: “Everyone Tells UN to Fulfill Its Legal Obligations to Haiti Cholera Victims.” […]

154 Haitian-American Groups and Leaders Express Outrage at US and UN: Open Letter Calls for Just Response to Cholera in Haiti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kermshlise Picard, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti; kermshlise@ijdh.org, 617-652-0876 154 Haitian-American Groups and Leaders Express Outrage at US and UN: Open Letter Calls for Just Response to Cholera in Haiti Boston, July 9, 2015 – 154 Haitian-American diaspora organizations and political, religious and other community leaders nationwide called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry to clear the path for justice for victims of cholera in a letter released on Thursday, July 9, 2015. Expressing “deep outrage” at the UN’s failure to take responsibility for the cholera epidemic it introduced to Haiti in 2010, the letter stresses the need for victims to access justice and the implementation of water and sanitation infrastructure to combat the epidemic. Among the 89 prominent individual leaders endorsing the letter are author […]

Cholera Justice Update 2014-2015

2014 and 2015 (so far) have been a time of great strides in the fight for cholera justice, from Ban Ki-moon making his first visit to Haiti for cholera, to the first ever Allegation Letter written against the UN–for violating human rights in its response to Haiti’s cholera victims. Our update on these developments was featured in the May issue of the Boston Haitian Reporter.   Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text (page 8).   Men Anpil, Chay Pa Lou: Moving closer to justice for cholera victims Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, Boston Haitian Reporter May 2015   This past year has been an exciting one for the fight for justice for the victims of the UN cholera in Haiti. Although there is still much work to be done, a network of […]

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