IJDH has been pursuing cholera justice for so many years, and today, we saw major steps towards justice! For the first time, the United Nations held a briefing specifically dedicated to cholera. It is unheard of for a Secretary-General to issue a report like this and hold this type of session. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also apologized for bringing cholera to Haiti, something that cholera victims, BAI, IJDH and all of our allies have been advocating for since 2010! Stephen Lewis, former Canadian Ambassador to the UN and now co-Director of AIDS-Free World, describes the fight for cholera justice in vivid terms: Transcript of cholera apology, in three languages Reactions from cholera victims in Haiti UN Secretary General’s report on the new plan
Why give to your favorite nonprofits only on November 29? At IJDH, we declare that it is #GivingTuesday this entire week. Please donate now to help us keep fighting for protection for activists, fair U.S. policy towards Haitians, cholera justice, rape accountability, fair elections, civic engagement and more. Activism and advocacy are more important now than ever. We can’t do it without you. Help IJDH Fight for Fair Treatment of Haitians in the U.S.! Giving Tuesday: Don’t Just Get Mad, Get Justice! …………….
Haiti is undergoing the 2016 Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. On November 7, other Member States of the UN made a range of recommendations to the Government of Haiti to improve Haiti’s human rights situation. Some of the key recommendations that BAI’s and IJDH are advocating for Haiti to accept include: -Taking measures to combat violence against women, including gender based violence and in particular updating the legislative framework to reform definitions of rape, criminalize marital rape and gender-based violence and address sexual harassment (multiple countries) -Ensuring identity documents are provided to Haitians, including those living in the Dominican Republic (multiple countries) -Taking measures to address threats and violence against human rights defenders and journalists (Austria, France) and excessive police force at peaceful protests (Costa Rica) -Taking measures to eliminate discrimination based on […]
Developments Sign and share this MoveOn.org petition, “End Cholera and Protect Haitians in the US,” to be delivered to the House, Senate and President Obama. On November 10, U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson issued a press release denouncing the resumption of deportation flights to Haiti. U.S. Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke calls on Obama Administration to immediately halt deportations of Haitian nationals. On November 3 and 8, the “U.S. government quietly resumes deportations to Haiti” as news about Hurricane Matthew dies down. Sign and share this MoveOn.org petition, “End Cholera & Aid Elections in Haiti; Protect Haitians in US,” based on the October 20 Florida leaders’ letter below (now about 4,500 signatures). On November 1, national Catholic leaders wrote U.S. Secretaries Jeh Johnson (DHS) and John Kerry (State) urging redesignation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), expanding the Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP) and […]