Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Need for US Aid to Haiti Following Hurricane Matthew

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 […]

New York Times urges DHS to end deportations

The New York Times editorial staff opined Saturday: “Department of Homeland Security should immediately reinstitute temporary protected status for Haitians in the United States, and suspend efforts to deport unauthorized immigrants back to the disaster zone.” As Haiti struggles through the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, combined with chronic poverty and cholera, it also faces “misguided disaster response.” In response to these issues, Haitians need temporary protected status, TPS and donations to seasoned, Haitian charities. Part of the editorial is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s New Catastrophe by the New York Times editorial staff October 7th, 2016 Hurricane Matthew battered Florida and points north on Friday, having already wreaked deadly havoc in the Bahamas, Jamaica, Cuba and Haiti. All those along its path need aid and protection and, when the wind and rain end, swift help in rebuilding. But Haiti needs it […]

UN’s Belated Owning Cholera Responsibility Demonstrates Accountability Crisis

Though it shouldn’t have taken the United Nations nearly six years to own up to its involvement in the cholera epidemic in Haiti, this editorial board isn’t surprised given the past lack of UN accountability. In both cases of sexual abuse and the cholera epidemic, the UN has focused more on covering the problem up than actually addressing it. Now that it has admitted responsibility for cholera, hopefully an apology and compensation will come next. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Dodging Accountability at the United Nations Editorial, The New York Times August 22, 2016 It shouldn’t have taken five years and a scathing report by an internal human rights watchdog for the United Nations to acknowledge that it bears responsibility for the cholera epidemic in Haiti sparked by its peacekeepers deployed after the 2010 […]

UN admission of cholera involvement should be a first step

Last week, the United Nations admitted that it was involved in Haiti’s deadly cholera epidemic, for the first time in nearly six years. Advocates praised the admission but also cautioned that it should be a first step towards justice for the cholera victims. Real action needs to be taken to make sure that the epidemic stops infecting and killing Haitians. ——– A note of hope for Haitian cholera epidemic Editorial, Boston Globe August 21, 2016 FOR THE LAST six years, the United Nations has held fast to a deadly and amoral bit of fiction in Haiti. It is now generally settled truth that UN peacekeepers from Nepal introduced a ravaging cholera epidemic to the island in 2010. The genetic evidence, after all, seems incontrovertible: The Nepalese let their sewage flow into a Haitian stream, contaminating it with the vibrio cholerae microbe that causes […]

How U.S. Government is Complicit in DR Citizenship Crisis

While the Obama administration has criticized Donald Trump’s threats to deport undocumented immigrants, it has allowed the Dominican Republic (DR) to not only do that but also to deport people who were considered Dominican citizens as recently as 2013! In a 2013 court ruling in DR, citizenship was officially stripped from anyone who did not have at least one DR-born parent (all the way back to 1929). This left an estimated 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent stateless. The US, however, continues to provide military aid to DR though DR’s military is often involved in deportations. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Click HERE to learn more about the citizenship issue. Inquirer editorial: Dominican Haitians are people without a country Editorial, Philadelphia Inquirer August 9, 2016 President Obama has been very critical of Republican presidential candidate […]

Canada’s Renewed Interest in Peacekeeping Must Prioritize Accountability

Canada has been making moves towards increasing its involvement in UN peacekeeping but this editorial board wants to remind the government that peacekeeping comes with challenges. The UN is currently facing a serious accountability problem, particularly with the cholera epidemic it began in Haiti, and the sexual abuse perpetrated by peacekeepers all over the world. If Canada is to increase its troop commitment, it must also take steps to ensure that these human rights violations are addressed and don’t continue to happen under its watch. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Editorial: Peacekeeping is no picnic Ottawa Citizen Editorial Board, Ottawa Citizen August 5, 2016 Soon after his election victory in 2015, Justin Trudeau declared, “We’re back.” It was a message to both reassure and vindicate those who “worried that Canada (had) lost its compassionate and […]

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