Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

IADL Bulletin of U.N. Activities Features Haiti Cholera and Elections

The International Association of Democratic Lawyers included two Haiti updates from IJDH in its latest bulletin – one on cholera, and one on elections. This bulletin covers United Nations activities around the world, in preparation for the November meeting of representatives to the UN. Part of each IJDH update is below. Click HERE for the full bulletin. November 2016 JUSTICE FOR CHOLERA VICTIMS IN HAITI (Report by Shannon Jonsson, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti [IJDH]) In a breakthrough for victims seeking to hold the United Nations (UN) accountable for causing the cholera epidemic in Haiti, the organization has finally acknowledged its role in introducing the disease to Haiti, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently announced a new plan to combat the epidemic and provide material assistance to victims and their families. In his September opening statement to the General […]

Al Jazeera “Eyes on Haiti” – rethinking global responses to Hurricane Matthew

Check out Al Jazeera’s “Eyes on Haiti.” This video includes testimonies and arguments from several Haitians and Haiti affiliates, and covers topics including the way Haiti is discussed internationally, the extent of devastation after Hurricane Matthew, and the role of the government in providing aid and structures to its citizens. Eyes on Haiti Al Jazeera October 19, 2016  

Rapport du OEA sur les élections après l’ouragan Mathieu

L’Organisation des Etats Americains a publié un rapport sur l’état des élections après l’ouragan Mathieu a frappé Haïti. Plusieurs centres de vote ont été affectées, et les élections ont été reprogrammée du 9 Octobre à 20 Novembre 2016. Part of the report is below. Click HERE for the full text. L’ouragan Mathieu et ses répercussions sur l’organisation électorale Organisation des Etats Americains 11 octobre 2016 État des lieux Le 5 octobre 2016, le président du  CEP, Monsieur Leopold Berlanger, annonçait la suspension du scrutin présidentiel et législatif prévu 4 jours plus tard. Selon le haut représentant, l’ouragan Mathieu, qui a traversé la pointe ouest d’Haiti dans la première semaine d’octobre, généra une « une nouvelle donne ». Le report de l’élection (et du calendrier électoral) devint sans doute inévitable alors que plus de 1,3 million d’Haïtiens étaient affectés par la pluie, les vents, les inondations et les dommages de toute sorte. Dans les […]

Were hurricane deaths in Haiti preventable?

Hurricane Matthew killed more people in Haiti than anywhere else nearby and cholera cases have spiked in the south. The World Socialist Web Site makes the case that many deaths were caused by other factors: United Nations peacekeepers’ pollution and introduction of cholera, neglect by neighboring U.S. administrations, and Haiti’s lack of infrastructure. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full article. Hundreds of preventable deaths caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti by John Marion, World Socialist Web Site October 10th, 2016 The scope of the disaster left in Haiti by Hurricane Matthew is becoming clearer, with hundreds of people dead, tens of thousands without shelter, and many areas still unable to communicate with the outside world nearly a week after the storm made landfall at the town of Les Anglais in the Sud Department. The storm’s winds […]

Rerun elections postponed in response to Hurricane Matthew

After Hurricane Matthew’s landfall has left five dead, ten injured, and hundreds of thousands of people displaced in Haiti, the Provincial Electoral Council (CEP) has postponed the rerun elections. The CEP has yet to announce a date for new elections. The government estimates that at least 350,000 people are in need of immediate assistance. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Rerun elections in Haiti postponed due to Hurricane Matthew Jacqueline Charles and Daniel Chang, The Miami Herald October 5, 2016   PORT-AU-PRINCE — Haitian elections officials postponed Sunday’s rerun presidential and legislative elections for the second time this year, saying they had yet to assess the extent of damage from Hurricane Matthew, which left at least five people dead and hundreds of thousands of people displaced from their homes. The country’s Provisional Electoral Council did not provide […]

With New Policy, U.S. Will Deport Non-Criminal Haitian Migrants Into Unstable Political Environment

The Obama administration announced Thursday that the six year post-earthquake pause on the deportation of undocumented Haitian migrants will end, with deportations resuming in full. Thousands of Haitian migrants who have dangerously made their way to the San Diego border crossing in the last year are now facing deportation. The Obama administration claims there has been sufficient progress in Haiti to warrant the change in policy, but political stability, and therefore the safety of repatriated migrants, is already questionable and could deteriorate quickly depending on what happens in the upcoming elections on October 9th. This policy change also leaves thousands of Haitians currently en route to the US-Mexico border in dangerous limbo in the hands of non-sympathetic Central American governments. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.S. shifts Haiti deportation policy, and gives a […]

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