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Haiti: Fr. Robinson Alexis Urges Justice and Individual Compensation for the Victims of Cholera

  During the celebration of Feast of Saint Clare in the Municipality of Marchand Dessalines, Artibonite, Fr. Alexis Robinson, the pastor of the church and the responsible of Justice and Peace for the Department of Artibonite urges Haitian officials to act to eliminate the cholera epidemic once for all. He also demands reparations for the victims of the cholera and commends the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)  and its partners for their advocacy and legal work on behalf of the victims. Amongst the attendees were Haiti’s Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant and the Artibonite’s Senator Gracia Delva, also a native of Marchand Dessalines and Mario Joseph of BAI. Watch the video below: Feast of St. Clare, Marchand Dessalines, Haiti: English version of Fr. Robinson Alexis’s statement  Dear friends, let the Pastor of the Parish and the Director of Justice and Peace […]

Peacekeeping Comes With a Price: The Legacy of U.N. Cholera on Haiti’s Public Health

 After 13 controversial years in Haiti, the United Nations  will withdraw its troops. However, the U.N. Peacekeepers (MINUSTAH) will leave a significant public health burden on the backs of Haitian people. The UN plans to replace MINUSTAH with a smaller mission, “the Mission for Justice Support in Haiti” or “MINUJUSTH” mandating to strengthen the rule of law in the country.Given the current state of the MINUSTAH’s legacy, “MINUJUSTH”‘s legitimacy could be undermined and in question.  learn more about the U.N. ‘s promise to Haiti Here Download PDF version this article HERE The Price of Peace? Peacekeeping with Impunity Harms Public Health in Haiti by Louise C. Ivers and Yodeline Guillaume, The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, August, 2017 Division of Global Health Equity, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts; Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, […]

Bayakou: The Ostracized Men of The Sewers

Following the 2010 earthquake and hurricane Matthew in 2016, Haiti’s sewage problems  have  only been exacerbated. With only one sewage disposal plant in all of Haiti, it serves a small fraction of the population.Most citizens dispose of their excrement in outhouses or open sewers. When it rains, the sewers carry pathogens into the water supply which has attributed to the spread of cholera. As the population of the capital city increases, the sewage crisis becomes more prevalent. “Bayakou,” the men who empty the latrines into the sewer or the treatment plants, cannot control the amount of sewage produced. If TPS protections for Haitian’s are removed, 58,000 Haitians will be forced to return to Haiti, which could not only spread cholera at a more rapid rate, it also puts many lives in danger. To learn more about TPS Click  the link […]

U.N. Wants to Transfer MINUSTAH’s Underspent Dollars to Haiti’s Cholera Fund

The United Nations said that it will ask Member States to voluntarily transfer their share of the MINUSTAH’s unspent money to the Haiti cholera fund to assist the victims of cholera. In 92 days, the U.N. will close its 13-year controversial peacekeeping mission on October 16th. Join our Time2Deliver campaign to add pressure to the  U.N. so that they can respect the promise they made to Haitian people. Read Full Article HERE UN asks countries to shift $40m to Haiti cholera fund, World UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations said Thursday it will ask countries to voluntarily hand over $40.5 million remaining from the budget of the soon-to-close mission in Haiti to help victims of cholera in the Caribbean country. The General Assembly adopted a resolution endorsing a proposal from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who is facing a major shortfall in the $400 million […]

Cholera Victims to Protest as UN Security Council Lands in Haiti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +1-617-652-0876 Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (Port-au-Prince): brian@ijdh.org, +509-3701-9879 Cholera Victims to Protest as UN Security Council Lands in Haiti Call on UN to Deliver on Promised Response by MINUSTAH Withdrawal Wednesday, June 21, Boston, Port-au-Prince—Haitian cholera victims and their advocates called on the UN Security Council to deliver on the promise of a new, victim-centered approach to cholera during its visit to Haiti this week, by meeting directly with victims and committing to funding the $400 million initiative before MINUSTAH –the peacekeeping mission that caused the cholera epidemic—pulls out in October. “The UN’s apology and promises were promising in December,“ said Mario Joseph, Managing Attorney of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) that has led the fight for justice for cholera victims. “But seven […]

Nobel Peace Laureates Urge the U.N. to Keep its Promises

Five Nobel Peace Laureates called on the United Nations (U.N.) to keep the promises it made to cholera victims not even a year ago. They urge the members of U.N. Security Council to make reparations to Haitian people a priority during their three-day visit to Haiti this week. Such gestures, according to them, will not only comfort Haiti, but also restore the U.N.’s credibility by showing its determination to correct its wrongs. IJDH has  launched a campaign to urge IJDH has launched a campaign to urge the U.N. member states to donate to the $400 million cholera fund promised by the U.N. Click HERE for the campaign website. Click HERE for the full article The U.N. owes Haiti relief from cholera epidemic it introduced By Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, and Betty Williams, Op-ed, Miami Herald June 21, 2017 […]

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