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 of […]
Dear friends,I am writing this letter to thank you for standing with me and my community when we need you the most. If there is a time in my life I can dare to say to my fellow Haitians that better days are ahead of them, it is today.When Father Gérard Jean-Juste, whom I called my adoptive father was illegally arrested from 2004-2006 after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was forced to leave Haiti, I knew that I had to fight for his freedom. We had an uphill battle because a brutal and illegal government ruled Haiti, using the justice system as a tool of repression. In Haiti we were protesting against Fr. Jean-Juste’s arbitrary arrest while in the United States you were doing your part through donations to Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats […]
Dear Friends,Times are tough for those of us who care about justice in our world. But the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) were built for tough times, and so are you. You are a vital part of the network of supporters that have won “impossible” victories for the Haitian people for over two decades: ✓ Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier had the support of Haiti’s President and prosecutors, but in 2014 the Appeals Court declared in our case that Duvalier must stand trial, thus showing tyrants that they could be pursued as long as necessary; ✓ Haiti had one of the world’s weakest judiciaries, but our Raboteau Massacre trial in 2000 was hailed as one of the most important human rights prosecutions ever in the Americas. Will you consider a year-end gift to help us keep […]
David Nabarro, the British doctor put in charge of helping the United Nations raise funds for its new cholera plan, will bring the plan up at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The plan is for $400 million but so far, only a few countries have promised to contribute, for a total of around $7 million. Nabarro admits that it has and will be a slow process but is optimistic about getting more contributions. He will also build a high-level consortium to finance longer-term water and sanitation needs in Haiti, but stresses the importance that the funding come soon before cholera is worsened by the rainy season again. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s cholera fight hits global stage at World Economic Forum in Davos Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald January 17, 2017 The […]
Le 1 décembre, l’ONU a annoncé un plan de 400 million de dollars pour combattre le choléra en Haïti. Le problème est que les États membres de l’ONU doivent avancer ces millions et jusqu’aujourd’hui, seulement la France et la Corée du Sud avaient promis chacune 1 million. Le Canada a maintenant annoncé sa contribution de 6 millions sur deux ans. Comme un leader en matière d’aide humanitaire pour Haïti, le Canada espère donner un bon exemple aux autres membres de l’ONU a l’égard de ce plan. Partie de l’article est ci dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Haïti: Ottawa versera 6 millions pour lutter contre le choléra Gabrielle Duchaine, La Presse 10 janvier 2017 À deux jours du septième anniversaire du tremblement de terre en Haïti, le Canada promet 6 millions sur deux ans pour lutter contre l’épidémie de choléra qui a fauché 10 000 vies depuis que […]
Why give to your favorite nonprofits only on November 29? At IJDH, we declare that it is #GivingTuesday this entire week. Please donate now to help us keep fighting for protection for activists, fair U.S. policy towards Haitians, cholera justice, rape accountability, fair elections, civic engagement and more. Activism and advocacy are more important now than ever. We can’t do it without you. Help IJDH Fight for Fair Treatment of Haitians in the U.S.! Giving Tuesday: Don’t Just Get Mad, Get Justice! …………….