The International Association of Democratic Lawyers included two Haiti updates from IJDH in its latest bulletin – one on cholera, and one on elections. This bulletin covers United Nations activities around the world, in preparation for the November meeting of representatives to the UN. Part of each IJDH update is below. Click HERE for the full bulletin. November 2016 JUSTICE FOR CHOLERA VICTIMS IN HAITI (Report by Shannon Jonsson, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti [IJDH]) In a breakthrough for victims seeking to hold the United Nations (UN) accountable for causing the cholera epidemic in Haiti, the organization has finally acknowledged its role in introducing the disease to Haiti, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently announced a new plan to combat the epidemic and provide material assistance to victims and their families. In his September opening statement to the General […]
This article features IJDH’s Beatrice Lindstrom, the attorney who has been arguing the cholera case against the United Nations in court. When cholera initially broke out in Haiti, the UN origin was so obvious that Beatrice and others expected the organization to take responsibility and immediately begin addressing the problem. Six years later, the UN is only just beginning to admit responsibility and form a new strategy to eliminate cholera. Meanwhile, we have to decide whether to appeal the cholera case in the Supreme Court. Beatrice hopes that the UN plan will be fair enough not to merit this action. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Beatrice Lindstrom ’10 advocates for cholera victims in Haiti NYU Law News October 18, 2016 When Beatrice Lindstrom ’10 decided to become a human rights lawyer, she says, “suing the […]
Haiti, while still in the process of recovering from the destruction of the 2010 earthquake and fighting a subsequent cholera outbreak brought by UN peacekeepers, has been devastated by yet another natural disaster – Hurricane Matthew. The US needs to provide aid, both financial and otherwise, to Haiti in this difficult time. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Inquirer Editorial: U.S. shouldn’t wait until the next disaster to do more for Haiti The Philadelphia Inquirer October 18, 2016 With so much happening in our country, including a pivotal presidential election and coastal states’ daunting recovery from Hurricane Matthew, maybe it’s understandable that the storm’s impact on Haiti has been an afterthought for many Americans. But the death and destruction in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation shouldn’t be ignored. The United States and Haiti were […]
Tensions have been rising in Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, as international aid continues to be inadequate. Nicole Phillips, staff attorney for the IJDH, and others speak on the possibilities for providing worthwhile and timely aid to Haiti after their most recent natural disaster. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full article. Why the United Nations is facing push-back as it tries to help Haiti Zhai Yun Tan, The Christian Science Monitor October 14, 2016 Tensions are high in Haiti after the country was hit by category 4 hurricane Matthew last week, as thousands continue to seek aid amid collapsed homes and infrastructure. The increased friction has led to reports of United Nations peacekeepers firing at people attempting to ransack truck convoys carrying food. On Thursday, some Haitians protested and barricaded blue-helmeted peacekeepers, claiming a UN truck had […]
Earlier this week Brian Concannon gave a podcast interview with Mathias Antonsson, CEO and Founder of Plurrify. Concannon discusses IJDH’s various projects in Haiti, including cholera accountability, fair elections, women’s rights, lawyer training, and the Duvalier prosecution. Concannon also details his personal story, and how a native Bostonian became a prominent and active fighter for Haitian rights. Plurrify October 11, 2016 Click HERE for the post on Plurrify’s site.
The BAI/IJDH team in Haiti has reported in safe after Hurricane Matthew. We are very concerned, however, about the likelihood of a spike in cholera deaths as a result of the flooding. The Haitian government is asking for people not to donate clothes or food, as that undermines local businesses. Donating funds to local Haitian grassroots groups and Haitian-led initiatives it the best path to short-term recovery. IJDH and BAI continue to work for long-term stability and prosperity, including resilience to natural disasters, by supporting good governance and an active democracy. Please visit our Hurricane Matthew Relief page to learn more.