Diplomacy in the Time of Cholera: Immunity Not Impunity October 15th, 2016 Brian Concannon gave an interview with Alexandra Arneri-Matsis of The Gravity podcast. Concannon discusses the U.N.’s actions in causing, covering up and refusing to accept responsibility for the cholera epidemic in Haiti. Alexandra and Brian discuss the legal and policy issues behind the U.N.’s diplomatic immunity, including the Second Circuit’s decision in Georges et. al. v. the U.N., the U.N. Charter, the 1946 Convention of the Privileges and Immunities of the U.N. and the Status of Forces Agreement with Haiti. Additionally, they discuss the U.N.’s obligations under the Convention and the Status of Forces Agreement and its refusal to perform its obligations of providing redress in Haiti and throughout its other peacekeeping missions. Click HERE for the podcast’s website.
The BAI/IJDH team in Haiti has reported in safe after Hurricane Matthew. We are very concerned, however, about the likelihood of a spike in cholera deaths as a result of the flooding. The Haitian government is asking for people not to donate clothes or food, as that undermines local businesses. Donating funds to local Haitian grassroots groups and Haitian-led initiatives it the best path to short-term recovery. IJDH and BAI continue to work for long-term stability and prosperity, including resilience to natural disasters, by supporting good governance and an active democracy. Please visit our Hurricane Matthew Relief page to learn more.
IJDH is joining the Haiti Advocacy Working Group in a special campaign for cholera justice. Will you take five minutes to join us? Here are some actions you can take: 1. Visit the FaceJustice website: www.facejustice.org 2. Use and share the Social Media toolkit: www.facejustice.org/toolkit.html 3. Share the link to the interfaith letter on cholera justice with people/organizations who can sign: www.facejustice.org/interfaith.html 4. Sign the cholera petition: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/End_Haitis_Cholera_Epidemic_with_UN_Action_Now_1/?pv=126 5. Use our sample tweets to send messages to President Obama and Secretary Kerry: – I’m standing up for cholera victims. @UN @BarackObama will you? #Justice4Cholera #EndHaitiCholera – .@BarackObama @JohnKerry @StateDept Help prevent future deaths by exercising your leadership and pressuring the @UN to #EndHaitiCholera – .@BarackObama @JohnKerry six years of cholera death is far too long. #EndHaitiCholera now! www.facejustice.org 6. Take a selfie! Post a photo of yourself with a sign […]