Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Cholera Victims’ Advocates Denounce UN’s Evasion of Responsibility in Kosovo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +617-652- 0876 Cholera Victims’ Advocates Denounce UN’s Evasion of Responsibility in Kosovo BOSTON, May 26, 2017 –– Advocates for cholera victims in Haiti condemned today’s UN statement indicating that the Organization refuses to comply with its own human rights panel’s findings that victims of lead poisoning in a UN displaced persons camp in Kosovo are entitled to compensation. Instead of the justice required by international law, the UN proposes providing victims with charitable community projects to the extent that the projects attract international funding. “In Kosovo, as in Haiti, the UN is substituting charity for justice, evading its legal obligation to compensate by offering to ask other entities to fund charitable projects,” said Sienna Merope-Synge, an attorney with the Institute for Justice and Democracy […]

Advocates Decry UN Chief’s Lack of Urgency on Haiti Cholera 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +617-652- 0876 Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (Port-au-Prince) : nicole@ijdh.org  +509-4875-3444 NEW YORK, BOSTON May 25, 2017—Advocates for victims of the UN-caused cholera epidemic in Haiti criticized a long-awaited report by Secretary-General António Guterres as a lackluster document symptomatic of a lackluster fundraising effort for the UN’s New Approach to Cholera in Haiti.  The $400 million plan, announced in December, has generated only 3% of the contributions needed. Secretary-General Guterres’ report, delivered on Tuesday, fails to even articulate a realistic plan for raising the balance of the funds. “The report demonstrates that despite the UN’s promises, despite its cholera killing over 9,000 Haitians so far with hundreds more destined to die in 2017, responding to cholera is simply not one of the Secretary-General’s priorities,” said Brian […]

You Just Saved 50,000 Haitians from Being Deported

Today 50,000 mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons won a reprieve from being deported to Haiti, where they would have faced extremely difficult conditions.  The reprieve arrived via an announcement from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of an extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians for another six months.   You made this victory happen through your support for the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). But six months is not enough- TPS is typically extended for 18 months at a time, and it is unlikely that the crises in Haiti that justified TPS will be resolved that soon.  So we need you to help us build an even bigger movement for the next round. The six-month extension is a victory for and by the Haitian community in the U.S. But it is also […]

DHS’ Six-Month TPS Extension Reflects Haiti’s Current Condition Poorly

Some U.S. lawmakers and  Haitian activists who had called for an extension of at least eighteen months expressed disappointment in the DHS’ announcement. “There’s just no way that in six months the nation of Haiti could absorb 60,000 of its people back,” said Florida Senator Bill Nelson, referring to DHS’s decision. FANM’s executive director Marleine Bastien told the Miami Herald “It’s not a victory to us, and certainly not to the families.” The the six-month extension is nothing than a failure of the U.S. government to recognize that Haiti’s current situation is precarious. More needs to done to ensure that Haitian nationals live a life that they deserve in the United States. We encourage all of you to continue to stand in solidarity with Haiti by urging President Donald Trump to extend Temporary Protected Status for Haiti for at least 18 months. So we need your help to […]

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