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Update on Cholera, Hurricane Matthew and Elections from Brian Concannon

This comprehensive interview with IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon covers cholera, Hurricane Matthew and elections in Haiti. Last week, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon finally apologized for the cholera epidemic. Concannon calls this “a very good step in the right direction.” Next, the UN has to make sure that funders really do step up and make the cholera plan happen. Haiti is also still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The government is doing more than it did after the 2010 earthquake and the UN put out a Flash Appeal for funding but not enough has come in. After two months, there’s a major risk of famine and people are still in tents. Though a new president for Haiti has finally been named, many issues remain and the results are being contested by other candidates, and people protesting in […]

Uncertainty over New UN Cholera Plan Results in Donors’ Hesitation

It’s been almost a month since the United Nations announced a new cholera plan that includes a package of “material assistance” for Haiti’s cholera victims. Almost no donors have committed to funding this plan. “Material assistance” sounds like the compensation that victims and advocates have been demanding, but the UN’s avoidance of the word “compensation” has created more uncertainty. The UN also has yet to claim responsibility for causing the epidemic, and time is running out for Ban Ki-moon to remove that stain from his legacy as UN Secretary-General. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Ban Ki-moon’s UN legacy clouded by cholera Samuel Oakford, IRIN November 18, 2016 Nearly a month after UN officials announced the idea of a special $400 million package to deal with cholera in Haiti, almost no donors have agreed to fund […]

A Human Rights-based Approach to Disaster Response in Haiti

While the devastation of Hurricane Matthew recalled the human rights crises that followed Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, it also brought up a topic that wasn’t discussed as much after the earthquake: a rights-based approach to disaster relief. According to international law, a human-rights-based approach entails capacity-building, participation, transparency, accountability, and non-discrimination. Applying all of these principles will allow organizations and funders to truly collaborate with Haitian people and organizations to make sure that there is lasting change long after debris from the Hurricane has been cleaned up. Part of the post is below. Click HERE for the full text. Applying Human Rights Principles to Disaster Response Karen Ansara and Brian Concannon, International Human Rights Funders Group November 2, 2016 Hurricane Matthew’s devastation in Haiti provides both a historic opportunity and a daunting challenge to funders who care about human rights. We […]

Consequences of US Funding Withdrawal from Haiti’s Elections

The United States has decided to pull $2 million in funding from Haiti’s elections as a statement of disapproval for re-running the presidential elections in October. After finding that the first round of presidential elections were marred by massive fraud, a commission decided to throw the old results out and hold an entirely new presidential election. European Union observers withdrew to express their disapproval and U.S. State Department officials have said they do not understand the decision to start over. While some feel that the U.S. withdrawal from the elections will be a positive step for Haiti’s sovereignty, some worry that lack of U.S. approval will de-legitimize the elections and provide detractors in Parliament a reason to continue blocking the process. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. US Withdraws Funding for Haiti Elections Haiti Relief […]

Haiti’s Major Foreign Donor Concern About Presidential Rerun

After Haiti’s special vote commission’s recommendation to completely restart the 2015 presidential elections from scratch was accepted, the United Nations, in conjunction with ambassadors of the largest donors to Haiti’s election cycle, voiced their concern and subsequent likely financial consequences of the decidedly failed presidential run. Set to put the next president in office in February of 2017, the next elections will be held to hopefully elect the next Haitian national leader without the 2015 elections’ ‘zombie votes,’ forged fingerprints, and fake ID cards. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for full article. Haiti gets reluctant go ahead to rerun presidential vote Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald June 6, 2016  Haiti’s major foreign donors reluctantly gave the green light Monday to the country’s elections body to rerun last year’s contested presidential elections in October but they remain “deeply concerned” about the consequences […]

L’ONU préoccupé par la hausse choléra, mais toujours pas responsable

Dans cette interview, Pedro Medrano, coordinateur principal de l’ONU pour la réponse choléra en Haïti, se déclare préoccupé par l’augmentation du choléra en Haïti. Mais quand la journaliste lui pose une question sur la responsabilité de l’ONU pour l’épidémie, Medrano esquive la question. Peut etre l’ONU a tellement de difficulté à lever des fonds en raison de son manque de responsabilité pour l’épidémie?   Partie de l’article est ci dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet.   Choléra en Haïti: l’ONU alerte sur la détérioration de la situation Stefanie Schüler, RFI 18 mai 2015   Avec près de 740 000 malades et plus 8 800 morts depuis 2010, l’épidémie de choléra en Haïti est l’une des pires au monde. Depuis plusieurs mois, le nombre de nouvelles infections est en forte hausse. La raison : beaucoup d’ONG ont quitté le pays, […]

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