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Victims & Advocates Commend Announcement of New UN Haiti Cholera Response

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +617-652- 0876 Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (Port-au-Prince) : sienna@ijdh.org, +509-4875-3444   Victims & Advocates Commend Announcement of New UN Haiti Cholera Response Secretary-General Issues Historic Apology to Victims (NEW YORK, PORT-AU-PRINCE, December 1, 2016)–Advocates for cholera victims in Haiti welcome the announcement of a new UN response that promises to reduce cholera in Haiti and provide material assistance to the most affected victims.  The plan pledges to place victims at its center and to involve them in the developments of the details of the plan. The Secretary-General also apologized to Haitian victims, saying that the UN “simply did not do enough with regard to the cholera outbreak and its spread in Haiti” and “we are profoundly sorry for our role.” The advocates called the Secretary-General’s […]

Press Advisory – UN Cholera Plan Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +617-652- 0876 Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (Port-au-Prince) : sienna@ijdh.org, +509-4875-3444   PRESS ADVISORY Thursday, December 1, 2016, New York — On Thursday, December 1, the UN Secretary-General is launching a new UN response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti.  The Secretary-General is also expected to address Haitians who have suffered from cholera during the presentation, and may issue a public apology for the UN’s introduction of cholera to Haiti. What: Secretary-General address on new cholera response. When: Thursday December 1, 3:00 pm. Where: Trusteeship Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY.   The session is open, but U.N. accreditation is required to attend.  The session will also be live-streamed at http://webtv.un.org. Prior to the session, the Deputy Secretary-General is holding a press briefing at […]

Statement of Lawyers for Victims of the UN Cholera in Haiti on the Report of UN Special Rapporteur Alston

  Contact: Sienna Merope-Synge, Port-au-Prince, +509-4875-3444, sienna@ijdh.org (English, Français, Kreyol) Mario Joseph, Port-au-Prince, +509-3701-9879, mario@ijdh.org (Kreyol, Français, English) Beatrice Lindstrom, New York, +1-404-217-1302; beatrice@ijdh.org (English, Français, Kreyol) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/POUR DIFFUSION IMMEDIAT (Français en bas) Statement of Lawyers for Victims of the UN Cholera in Haiti on the Report of UN Special Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Phillip Alston Déclaration des avocats des victimes du choléra de l’ONU en Haïti face au Rapport du Rapporteur Spéciale sur l’extrême pauvreté et droits humains Philip Alston   NEW YORK, PORT-AU-PRINCE, October 25, 2016— The Report on cholera in Haiti delivered on October 25 by UN Special Rapporteur Phillip Alston is a vindication of the cholera victims’ rights and testament to their six-year struggle for justice. The report is critical of the UN for trying to respond to Haiti’s cholera epidemic […]

Advocates Denounce UN Chief’s Failure to Acknowledge Responsibility for Cholera

  Contact: Sienna Merope-Synge, Port-au-Prince, +509-4875-3444, sienna@ijdh.org (English, French, Creole) Mario Joseph, Port-au-Prince, +509-3701-9879, mario@ijdh.org (Creole, French, English) Beatrice Lindstrom, New York, +1-404-217-1302; beatrice@ijdh.org (English, French, Creole)   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Advocates Denounce UN Chief’s Failure to Acknowledge Responsibility for Cholera Ban Visits Haiti Amidst Surging Cholera Outbreak in Hurricane-Ravaged South (BOSTON, NEW YORK, PORT-AU-PRINCE, October 15, 2016)–Advocates for victims of the UN-caused cholera epidemic in Haiti expressed shock that the Secretary-General did not acknowledge responsibility for introducing the epidemic while explaining his much-heralded “new approach” to cholera while in Haiti today. “It is outrageous for the Secretary-General to come to Haiti, see how much we are suffering, and once again refuse to acknowledge what everybody in Haiti knows that he knows to be a scientific fact,” said Mario Joseph, Managing Attorney of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, which has […]

UN Chief Issues Historic Statement on Haiti Cholera, As Experts Call For A Robust UN Response to Victims

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Kermshlise Picard, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, media@ijdh.org; +1-617-652-0876 (Interviews available in English, French & Kreyòl)   UN Chief Issues Historic Statement on Haiti Cholera, As Experts Call For A Robust UN Response to Victims New York, September 21, 2016 – Before a gathering of the world’s leaders yesterday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon used his opening statement to the UN General Assembly to acknowledge the tremendous suffering wrought by cholera and commit to ‘a new approach’ that would fulfill the UN’s obligations to Haitians.  The Secretary-General also vowed to return to the General Assembly with more details, expected next month. “This statement by the Secretary-General during his final address to the General Assembly affirms the UN’s significant shift in position on the Haiti cholera issue after six years of denial […]

Following UN Admission of Responsibility for Haiti Cholera, U.S. Appeals Court Upholds UN Immunity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mario Joseph, Av., Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, (in Haiti), mario@ijdh.org, +509-3701-9878 (French, Creole, English) Brian Concannon, Jr., Esq., Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, brian@ijdh.org, +1-541-263-0029 (English, French, Creole) Beatrice Lindstrom, Esq., Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, beatrice@ijdh.org, +1-404-217-1302 (English, Creole, French) Following UN Admission of Responsibility for Haiti Cholera, U.S. Appeals Court Upholds UN Immunity Thursday August 18, Port-au-Prince, Boston, New York— In a decision released late today by the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Court upheld the United Nations’ immunity from claims filed on behalf of Haitian cholera victims. The decision concerned whether the UN’s alleged breach of obligations to settle claims out of court constituted a condition precedent to its immunity, such that the UN would not be able to claim immunity in court unless it offered […]

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