The apology from former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and announcement of the “New Approach” to combat cholera in Haiti raised hopes that justice would be done in response to the horrific outbreak, which was brought to the country by Nepalese peacekeepers. However, the reality sends quite a different message; the UN has raised only a fraction of the promised, and necessary, funds. Current political contexts deemphasizing foreign aid, uncertainty over effective UN policies and donor fatigue have contributed to the fundraising failure. However, the time is past for excuses, and those affected by the deadly outbreak deserve more than empty promises from the UN. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Click HERE to read IJDH and BAI’s letter to the UN Secretary-General. After Bringing Cholera to Haiti, U.N. Can’t Raise Money to Fight It Rick Gladstone, New York Times March 19, 2017 […]
The UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, which is known by its French acronym MINUSTAH, is likely to significantly downsize its presence in Haiti in the near future. Over 2,000 soldiers from 19 contributing countries will be sent home, although the plans for foreign police officers and civilian staff remain uncertain. Some suggest that civilian staff will remain in Haiti alongside the UN police, an unprecedented move in UN peacekeeping history. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. After lengthy mission, UN peacekeeper pullout looms in Haiti David McFadden, Associated Press March 9, 2017 A few dozen Brazilian troops wearing the blue helmets of the U.N. military force stroll through a dense warren of shacks in Haiti’s most notorious slum, facing no greater threat than a few barking dogs along some of the same streets where pitched gunbattles […]
Current prison conditions in Haiti compromise the basic human rights and health of approximately 10,500 incarcerated individuals. Haitian prisons are overcrowded by 644%, according to the UN expert on human rights, and many inmates barely have space to stand in Port-au-Prince’s prisons. The horrific sanitary conditions and severe overcrowding will likely lead to unnecessary deaths in the coming months. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. UN expert flags ‘daily violations’ in Haiti prisons Jamaica Observer March 9, 2017 Inmates in Haiti are subjected to “daily violations” of their fundamental rights, mostly stemming from egregious prison overcrowding resulting from the overuse of lengthy preventive detentions, a UN official said Thursday. Gustavo Gallon, a UN expert focusing on human rights, said the impoverished Caribbean nation often flouts UN incarceration standards of 4.5 metres (14.8 feet) of prison area per […]
A new report highlights the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, and the critical need for support to improve disaster risk management in the country. As a direct result of the hurricane, Haiti lost $2.7 billion dollars, a crippling 32% of its GDP. The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction now urges support for a 3-year recovery plan that would total $2.72 billion. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. UN calls for support to recovery plan as Haiti loses $2.7 billion in Hurricane Matthew United Nations News Centre March 6, 2017 The United Nations office dedicated to disaster risk reduction today called for urgent support to improve disaster risk management in Haiti, following a damage assessment that shows the country lost $2.7 billion, or 32 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), as a […]
Resumed deportations of Haitians pose immeasurable challenges for individuals who made the perilous journey to seek refuge in the United States. Between October 2016 and mid-January 2017, the U.S. deported 1,513 Haitians and thousands more remain in detention awaiting an uncertain future. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Haitians’ dreams dashed after costly US voyage Gulf Times February 12, 2017 John Stevens Val borrowed 3,000 from friends and family and trekked through 10 countries to make his way to the United States, where he hoped life would be better than in Haiti, his impoverished homeland. But in the end he landed in a US immigration detention centre and was deported back to Haiti, deep in debt and struggling to integrate, like so many other Haitians. Val, 28, left home after a devastating 2010 earthquake that wrecked the […]
Inflation in Haiti has been on the rise, indicating a 1.2% increase from November to December 2016. The increases are evident across various indices, including “Food, Beverages and Tobacco” and “Health.” The inflation results in Haitians continuing to pay higher prices for major food items and medicines, among other necessities. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. Haiti – Economy : Inflation to 14.3% (December 2016) HaitiLibre February 1, 2017 For the month of December 2016, the General Index of Consumer Prices (base 100 in August 2004) amounted to 288.9 against 285.5 in November 2016 and recorded a monthly change in monthly inflation of + 1.2 % And 14.3% year-on-year. … Click HERE for the original article.