Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Does the UN have double standards for justice?

While the UN continues to promote justice and the rule of law in countries worldwide, it shirks those same responsibilities in Haiti. Since UN peacekeepers first began a cholera epidemic in Haiti in 2010, they have been dodging the victims’ calls for justice. More and more people, including current and former UN insiders, are demanding that the UN practice what it preaches and give Haitians justice. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The danger of two-tiered justice: Lessons from the Haiti cholera case Brenda Kombo, Pambazuka News November 5, 2014 … Haiti may be thousands of kilometres away, but as the country grapples with colonial legacies, neo-colonial infringements, corruption, socio-economic hurdles and democratization challenges, its citizens’ struggle for UN accountability may carry lessons for the African continent as well. Haiti lacks the clout to demand […]

How IDB’s Aid Embargo Affected Cholera in Haiti

Jeb Sprague questions Inter-American Development Bank staff on their Haiti aid embargo and how it aggravated the current cholera epidemic. If IDB had continued with a loan to Haiti for potable water in 2001, cholera probably would not have spread so widely and quickly. Jeb Sprague March 13, 2014

Eating Green in Ireland, and Brown in Haiti (IJDH)

This article by IJDH director,Brian Concannon, was originally published on March 17, 2008. By Brian Concannon, IJDH On St. Patrick’s Day in America, people dress in bright green colors, get into high spirits, and then sing sad songs about starvation and injustice. The songs do not kill the party, because the miserable conditions that drove the partiers’ ancestors across the Atlantic are no longer a threat in Ireland. But elsewhere, people still face the same hard choice between exile and starvation, most notably in Haiti, just 500 miles from our shores. And this time, we can actually do something to stop the tragedy. Many of the saddest Irish songs recall the Great Famine of 1845-1849. By 1845 Britain had controlled Ireland for centuries, during which the large British landowners (and a few wealthy Irish ones) had, with government help, pushed […]

Treasury Under Secretary Brainard Joins Inter-American Development Bank to Mobilize Grants for Haiti

U.S. Department of the Treasury Press Release WASHINGTON – Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs Lael Brainard today participated in a signing ceremony at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to mobilize significant new grant resources for Haiti and eliminate all of Haiti’s debts to the institution. The U.S. contribution of $204 million today, along with additional contributions from the IDB’s shareholders and transfers from ordinary capital, will allow the bank to fully cancel Haiti’s $447 million debt to the IDB and provide $2.5 billion in grants for Haiti over the next decade. “In the days following the earthquake, President Obama pledged the full and continued commitment of the United States in the recovery and reconstruction of Haiti,” said Under Secretary Brainard. “Today marks an important milestone in that effort. Thanks to the steadfast support from Congress, the U.S. is today […]

Aid Group Seeks $2 Billion for Haitian Schools

Voice of America An international development group is working to raise $2 billion in aid to help rebuild and reform Haiti’s education system. The Inter-American Development Bank is leading a proposed five-year effort to train teachers, improve facilities and adopt a national curriculum. More than 4,000 schools were damaged or destroyed during the earthquake in January that killed more than 200,000 people. The IDB says that before the earthquake, only half of Haiti’s children of primary school age were enrolled in classes. Haitian President Rene Preval announced the plan Saturday along with IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno. Some information for this report provided by AP. Click HERE to see the Orignal Article 

Americas Development Bank Forgives Much of Haiti’s Debt

By Marc Lacey, New York Times MEXICO CITY — Haiti received a boost to its balance sheet on Monday when the Inter-American Development Bank, meeting in the Mexican resort city of Cancún, agreed to forgive $479 million of the country’s $1.2 billion in foreign debt. To draw attention to Haiti’s long-term needs, meanwhile, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush met Monday with President René Préval on the grounds of the toppled National Palace in Port-au-Prince and toured the central plaza, which has been transformed into a sprawling squatter camp. The development bank’s debt was the biggest slice of Haiti’s international obligations, but Haiti still estimates that it needs $11.5 billion over the next three years to recover from the Jan. 12 earthquake, which flattened much of the infrastructure in the capital and left an estimated 1.3 million people […]

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