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BAI and IJDH Request Cholera Meeting with New Secretary-General

March 16, 2017 H.E. Secretary-General António Guterres United Nations New York, N.Y. 10017 Dear Mr. Secretary-General, We write to you on behalf of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) to request a meeting to discuss the UN’s New Approach to Cholera in Haiti. As advocates for Haitian cholera victims, we congratulate you on your declared vision of building a culture of accountability in UN peacekeeping and ensuring effective remedies to victims of peacekeeping harms. The New Approach to Cholera in Haiti is a vital opportunity to realize that vision, and to ensure that the rights and dignity of victims are put first throughout the UN’s responses to peacekeeping harms. We are deeply concerned, however, that the current trajectory of fundraising and elaboration of the New Approach is betraying the UN’s promises […]

After Half-Apology for Cholera, UN Still Has Much to Do Towards Justice

Mennonite Central Committee, one of IJDH’s partners in the fight for cholera justice, describes some of the steps that led to then-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s apology to the Haitian people on December 1, 2016. Although such an admission was unprecedented in UN history, it still only represented a half-apology, as Ban failed to mention the UN’s responsibility for bringing the cholera epidemic to Haiti in 2010. The UN also has yet to make good on the new cholera plan that Ban announced the same day as the apology. As Ban himself said that day, “words cannot replace action and material support.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.N. Witness: Half an apology Kati Garrison, Mennonite World Review March 13, 2017 On Dec. 1, the staff of the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office awaited the commencement […]

Action Alert: Join the Haiti Deportations Response Network

February 21, 2017 Dear Friend, Hundreds of detained Haitian asylum-seekers and migrants, including women and children, are being deported weekly from detention centers across the United States in violation of their rights. They need your help urgently. The Department of Homeland Security is currently holding about 4,000 detainees in facilities throughout the US. More than 2500 Haitian detainees have already been deported, and around 270 more are being deported each week. Lawyers, community activists and detainees’ relatives have reported a range of prejudicial procedural problems in their asylum processing, including no lawyers, weak or non-existent interpretation and the use of apparently fabricated statements. Most of the detainees are held in remote facilities far from family, community and legal support; and some would have viable asylum claims if they had effective representation. Find more details here. The Institute for Justice & […]

Advocacy helped win cholera justice, but more needs to be done

This article outlines the cholera epidemic in Haiti in terms of the advocacy around justice for the victims and our accompanying lawsuit in U.S. courts. After years of downplaying its responsibility for causing the epidemic and dodging accountability, then-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon finally apologized to Haitians on December 1, 2016. The UN also promised a new $400 million plan to address the epidemic and provide material assistance to the victims but more remains to be done: The money needs to truly be made available while consultations with the victims occur to ensure that their needs are finally met. The UN must take better precautions to ensure that something similar doesn’t happen again in the future. And the UN must accept legal responsibility for the epidemic, as a means to ensure that justice will finally be served. Part of the article is […]

IJDH Is Now Hiring!

We are now hiring a Communications Coordinator and a Legal Fellow. The Communications Coordinator will manage our advocacy on the internet, in the press and with our supporters. This will be a key member of IJDH’s innovative 8-person team, based in our Boston office. We seek a dynamic individual with strong communication skills, a passion for justice and an appreciation for the power of advocacy. Experience with Haiti and spoken Haitian Creole are crucial. Please apply asap. The application is open until the position is filled. Communications Coordinator Description The Legal Fellow will start September 1, 2017 and work two years. We seek an emerging lawyer passionate about supporting justice struggles in the Global South. The Fellowship at IJDH will focus on developing skills necessary for lawyers from the Global North to support social change movements and progressive lawyers in the Global South and build effective […]

Why President Obama Should Support Cholera Victim Compensation

United Nations peacekeepers sparked a deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti in 2010, the first time Haiti had cholera in at least a century. For six years after that, the UN stonewalled and dodged responsibility by hiding behind its immunity, while over 10,000 Haitians died and at least 800,000 became ill from cholera. Before President Obama leaves office, he has a chance to help make this right by committing U.S. funds to the victim compensation fund and cholera elimination plan. This would be more than fair, as it appears that the U.S. was a major reason the UN took the “stonewalling position” to begin with. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. President Obama Should Make Sure that Haitian Victims of UN-Caused Cholera Are Compensated Mark Weisbrot, The Huffington Post January 12, 2017 Seven years after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, President […]

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