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Haitian Diaspora Demands UN Accountability in Open Letter

154 Haitian-American organizations and individuals have signed an open letter addressed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry, demanding UN accountability for the cholera outbreak. With the cholera epidemic seeing a spike in cases this year, the diaspora is asking for proper water and sanitation infrastructure to prevent further outbreak, as well as compensation for cholera’s victims. Click HERE for the full article. Haitian-American Community Writes Open Letter to U.S. and U.N. Over Cholera Justice The Haitian Times 24 July 2015 Members of the Haitian-American diaspora penned an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry over the cholera outbreak that emerged in Haiti shortly after the 2010 earthquake. More than 150 Haitian-American organizations sent the letter earlier this month, where they expressed “deep outrage at […]

NY Assembly Takes Stand on DR Statelessness Problem

The situation for Dominicans of Haitian descent really came to international attention when a DR Constitutional Court passed a law that left hundreds of thousands stateless. Since then, DR has created a plan for nationalization but the majority of stateless people were still left out. At the urging of a few New York State Assembly members and many human rights advocates, the Assembly has adopted a resolution that condemns DR’s treatment of Dominicans of Haitian descent. Hopefully this is a step towards ending these human rights violations. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. NYS Assembly Passes Resolution Condemning DR Ruling The Haitian Times May 6, 2015 The New York State Assembly adopted a resolution condemning the denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian descent, Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte announced on Tuesday. The bill states that New […]

Haitian Government Should Stand for Haitian-Descended Dominicans

Everyone knows that Haiti and the Dominican Republic have had a troubled history. This article focuses on what the Haitian government should have done, and should now be doing, to fight for the rights of Haitian-descended Dominicans. In September 2013, DR issued a ruling that stripped citizenship from hundreds of thousands of immigrants and their descendants. The Haitian government hasn’t done much to fight against it. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Dominican Republic New Citizenship Law: A Litmus Test For The Haitian Government Ed Gehy, The Haitian Times February 20, 2015 The Haitian-Dominican problem did not start yesterday; thus no viable solution can be found overnight. Haiti shares the same island with Dominican Republic; but relations between the two countries have never been more strained in recent history than they are now. A gruesome […]

US Court Deems UN Absolutely Immune from Cholera Justice

The Haitian Times, an authority on Haiti news in the Diaspora, picked up our press release on the latest development in the cholera case against the United Nations. On January 9th, 2015, a US judge dismissed the lawsuit, declaring the UN absolutely immune from suit. This leaves the victims of the epidemic with nowhere to turn to seek justice, as they have exhausted other methods of seeking a remedy. We will bring the suit to the appeals court and continue seeking justice for Haiti’s cholera victims. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Judge Deems UN Immune from Lawsuit for Haiti Cholera Disaster The Haitian Times January 11, 2015 On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010, a U.S. judge dismissed a lawsuit against the United Nations (UN) for […]

Duvalier’s Victims Are Still Seeking Justice

Besides the murders, forced disappearances, and violence that were rampant during Duvalier’s regime, the former dictator stole hundreds of millions from Haiti. This article uses the story of one man who sought reparations from Duvalier to demonstrate how victims of that brutal regime still want justice. Although Duvalier is dead, victims, their lawyers, and human rights advocates still plan to pursue his accomplices and finally give some closure to those who suffered. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Duvalier’s Passing Does Not Wipe Away Victims’ Misery Vania Andre, The Haitian Times October 11, 2014 Etzer Lalanne is not a man you’d expect should be nearly a millionaire. His large glasses hang over his small eyes, surrounded by bags and wrinkles – evidence of the hard long years of working as a cab driver in New […]

Haiti in a Time of Cholera Wins Emmy

September 30th, “Haiti in a Time of Cholera” won an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism. This is a unique opportunity to draw attention to the still-ongoing cholera epidemic in Haiti and the United Nations’ lack of accountability for the epidemic its peacekeepers caused. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti Cholera Documentary Wins Emmy The Haitian Times October 3, 2014 A documentary about the Haiti cholera epidemic won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a News Magazine on Sept.30. Fault Lines: Haiti in a Time of Cholera, which was produced by Al Jazeera media network, looked at the United Nations’ (UN) refusal to comply with its own legal obligations in the face of overwhelming evidence that it introduced cholera to the small island country. “This Emmy leaves the UN nowhere to hide from justice,” Mario Joseph, managing […]

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