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Haiti’s Rival Parties Claim Victory in Elections

Former president Martelly’s PHTK party declared victory, despite the continuation of ballot counting by Provisional Electoral Council (CEP). With partial voting returns, PHTK spokesman precipitously declared the election victorious for Jovenel Moise; “hundreds” of Fanmi Lavalas supporters in Port-au-Prince also claim they secured victory in Maryse Narcisse. CEP head Leopold Berlanger warned directly after polls closed Sunday of provisional and incomplete returns “should not be used to predict the result.” State Department spokesman John Kirby encouraged preparing a second round vote if needed and a new president “in early 2017″ in Haiti. Read part of the article below. Rival parties claim victory in Haiti’s presidential election American Foreign Press, France 24 November 22nd, 2016 Two of Haiti’s biggest parties stoked tension on Monday by claiming victory for their candidates in a long-delayed presidential election days before official results are due to be released.Nearly 6.2 […]

Former UN Staffer Discusses Accountability for Sexual Abuse and Cholera

Célhia de Lavarène, a French journalist who worked for many years at the United Nations, discusses the lack of accountability for sexual abuse by peacekeepers and cholera the UN brought to Haiti. Former UN staffer speaks out about sex abuse scandals France24 November 3, 2016 Click HERE for the original post.

Philip Alston calls Haiti cholera scandal ‘the UN’s Watergate’

Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, released a scathing report to the UN on October 24, 2016. Alston argues that the clear evidence pointing to the UN’s responsibility for bringing cholera to Haiti, and its subsequent refusal to admit culpability, is a scandal comparable to Watergate. Alston calls the UN’s legal position, recommended by its Office of Legal Affairs, “morally unconscionable, legally indefensible, and politically self-defeating.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti cholera scandal ‘the UN’s Watergate’, says body’s own human rights adviser Sam Ball, FRANCE24 October 26, 2016 (Video from original article.)   The UN’s refusal to accept responsibility for bringing cholera to Haiti six years ago, leading to the deaths of more than 9,000 people, is a scandal on the same scale as Watergate, the organisation’s […]

Haiti Faces a Humanitarian Crisis with Cholera at the Center

According to the head of the UN Office for the Coordinaton of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Haiti is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis. OCHA says that cholera cases are up 300% in early 2015. According to UN data, nearly 20,000 people have been affected and 170 killed by the disease since the beginning of the year. In all, more than 8,800 Haitians have died of cholera since it appeared in October 2010 and, even today, cases recorded in Haiti surpass the total number of people with the disease elsewhere in the world. On top of the cholera problem, thousands of people are fleeing the Dominican Republic into Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Cholera, climate change fuel Haiti’s humanitarian crisis: UN Amelie Baron, France24 August 19, 2015 PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) – Climate change, cholera and the […]

Will UN Be Granted Immunity in Cholera Case?

France24 describes the scene outside the Manhattan Federal Courthouse on Thursday, October 23, 2014, when Haitians and Haitian-Americans gathered in driving rain to continue discussing the ongoing case against the United Nations. Oral arguments had just taken place on the issue of UN immunity between the Plaintiffs and the US Government, which has intervened in the case and argued for dismissal on immunity grounds. Judge J. Paul Oetken has deferred a decision on whether that immunity will be granted in this case, where the UN has refused to provide cholera victims any access to a remedy despite their many attempts to engage the organization. Mario Joseph, a lead attorney for Plaintiffs, pointed out the UN’s double standards in addressing this crisis, noting how different things would have been had the outbreak occurred in the US. Part of the article is […]

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