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Leaked Report Highlights UN Recklessness and Cover up on Haiti Cholera

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Kermshlise Picard, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, media@ijdh.org; +1-617-652-0876 (Interviews available in English, French & Kreyòl).) Leaked Report Highlights UN Recklessness and Cover up on Haiti Cholera Advocates Deplore Culpable Officer’s Continued Senior Position at UN April 6, 2016, Boston — A leaked report shows that senior UN leadership covered up evidence of serious, uncorrected sanitation failures on its peacekeeping bases in Haiti, and continued to deny responsibility for the cholera epidemic it brought to Haiti long after an internal investigation documented a systemic practice of discharging untreated toilet and kitchen waste directly into Haiti’s environment. “This new report makes clear that the reckless sanitation that caused the cholera outbreak was part of a systemic sanitation failure,” said Brian Concannon, Executive Director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti […]

Hearing Set For UN Cholera Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Shannon Jonsson, Legal Fellow, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, shannon@ijdh.org, +1-617-652-0876 Kermshlise Picard, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, kermshlise@ijdh.org, +1-617-652-0876 PRESS ADVISORY: Hearing Set For UN Cholera Case District Court to rule on UN claim to absolute immunity from justice (New York, October 8, 2014)—Judge J. Paul Oetken has granted Plaintiffs’ request for an oral argument in Georges v. United Nations, 1:13-CV-7146, the ongoing case against the United Nations (UN), the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and former head of MINUSTAH Edmond Mulet, for recklessly introducing cholera to Haiti in 2010. Victims of the resulting epidemic filed the case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in October 2013. Judge Oetken has now ordered that counsel for the parties […]

Haiti’s Blame Game

By Pooja Bhatia, Foreign Policy As presidential elections near, Haitians are wondering why they should vote when it’s not even clear the government is running the country. Last week, on Nov. 18, Haiti commemorated the Battle of Vertières, the 1803 campaign that proved the turning point of the Haitian Revolution. Supposedly the French were so awed by the former slaves’ fearlessness, discipline, and fighting skill that they literally applauded them on the battlefield. After Vertières, the French turned tail and surrendered, marking the Western Hemisphere’s only successful slave revolt, and Haiti’s military leaders founded the world’s first black republic in 1804. The Haitian Revolution was incredible at the time; 206 years later, it’s sometimes hard to believe it ever happened. Today, on the eve of presidential elections, with 1.3 million citizens still living in camps and no apparent plan for […]

Haiti: UN launches new campaign against rape and gender-based violence

UN News Service on ReliefWeb The United Nations has launched a new operation to combat rape and gender violence in Haiti, where some 1.3 million people were made homeless by January’s devastating earthquake, with the majority still living in camps. Police and soldiers from the UN peacekeeping mission (MINUSTAH) and Haitian national police (PNH), who are often the first responders, are being trained to tackle the problem and ensure medical services for victims, the top UN official in Haiti told the Security Council today. “I remain concerned by the situation in the camps where vulnerable groups, particularly women and children, are at risk of sexual and gender-based violence,” MINUSTAH head Edmond Mulet said, outlining steps taken since the drafting last month of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on the impoverished nation, which he was presenting to the 15-member body. “We […]

UN launches anti-rape campaign in Haiti

By Anita Snow, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations is launching a campaign to combat the rape of Haitian earthquake victims living in camps for the homeless, the U.N.’s top official in the country said Monday. Edmund Mulet, who heads the U.N. stabilization mission in the country, told the 15-member Security Council that police and soldiers in the U.N.’s peacekeeping force are being trained how to handle rape and other sexual violence at the camps, and to ensure medical care for victims. He said a public relations campaign is under way to teach people how to prevent and respond to rape and other sexual attacks. “I remain concerned by the situation in the camps where vulnerable groups, particularly women and children, are at risk of sexual and gender-based violence,” Mulet said, describing actions taken since Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon […]

Haitian president seeks U.N. help in forming commission on prisoner shootings

By JACQUELINE CHARLES – McClatchy Newspapers PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Haitian President Rene Preval has asked the United Nations for help in forming an independent commission to investigate allegations that dozens of prisoners were shot by Haitian police during a jail riot in the southern city of Les Cayes a week after the Jan. 12 earthquake. The allegations of the shootings surfaced over the weekend in a story by The New York Times, which said there were indications Haitian officials were covering up the suspected shootings. “It will be a joint U.N.-Haiti independent commission,” Edmond Mulet, the U.N. special representative of the secretary-general, told McClatchy Newspapers on Tuesday. The independent commission, he said, was Preval’s idea. Mulet said the findings of the human rights section of the U.N. Stabilization Mission, along with what the Haitian National Police, ministry of justice and special […]

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