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Update on Cholera, Hurricane Matthew and Elections from Brian Concannon

This comprehensive interview with IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon covers cholera, Hurricane Matthew and elections in Haiti. Last week, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon finally apologized for the cholera epidemic. Concannon calls this “a very good step in the right direction.” Next, the UN has to make sure that funders really do step up and make the cholera plan happen. Haiti is also still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The government is doing more than it did after the 2010 earthquake and the UN put out a Flash Appeal for funding but not enough has come in. After two months, there’s a major risk of famine and people are still in tents. Though a new president for Haiti has finally been named, many issues remain and the results are being contested by other candidates, and people protesting in […]

No ordinary triumph for Haiti

Dear Friend, This is no ordinary triumph. This is historic. This is the moment that the Irish poet Seamus Heaney foretold as the rising up of that “once in a lifetime…longed-for tidal wave of justice,” when “hope and history rhyme.” When the leader of 193 nations apologized on December 1 from his grand carpeted chamber at the UN to millions of Haitians, many with dirt floors, the poles of power began to shift. The earth shuddered a “great sea-change on the far side of revenge.”  It didn’t come about without hope. It also didn’t materialize without your unfailing support. And it would not have been possible without a scrappy band of Haitian and international lawyers, interns, and their allies at the Bureau de Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port au Prince and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) […]

After UN Cholera Apology, the Work Towards Eradication Truly Begins

After nearly six years of demanding an apology from the United Nations for causing a deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti, Haitian cholera victims and their advocates were pleasantly surprised by receiving on from the Secretary-General on December 1. In a statement before the UN, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized and also outlined a $400 million proposal to fight cholera and compensate the victims. Although Ban did not directly apologize for the UN’s own fault in the epidemic, advocates view this as a welcome start. Now the work truly begins, as “we need to fight even harder to get those promises fulfilled,” says IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon. U.N. Finally Apologizes For Cholera In Haiti … But Omits One Point Jason Beaubien, NPR December 2, 2016 For six years, Haitian activists have demanded that the United Nations accept responsibility for cholera in Haiti. […]

Will UN apology without admission of guilt be enough to move donors?

ON December 1 at a United Nations General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized for bringing cholera to Haiti. While cholera victims and advocates (including IJDH) cheered at the apology, everyone emphasized that it is not enough if the United Nations cannot mobilize the funds for the new cholera plan that Ban also outlined during the Assembly. UN human rights watchdog Philip Alston also expressed concern that the apology did not include acknowledgment of the UN’s fault in the epidemic. Will that missing piece stop UN member states from contributing to the fund for the cholera elimination plan? IJDH’s Beatrice Lindstrom expressed concern that it might. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.N. Chief Apologizes But Does Not Admit Soldiers Brought Cholera To Haiti Richard Knox, WBUR December 2, 2016 Six years after the deadly cholera epidemic […]

UN finally apologizes for Haiti cholera, but is it enough?

In remarks delivered in Haitian Creole, French and English, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon finally apologized for the cholera epidemic in Haiti and the inadequate UN response to the epidemic. Though he did not directly say that the UN caused the epidemic, he subtly acknowledged it and pledged to do much more, describing the UN’s new plan for cholera elimination and stressing that it is feasible. Cholera victims in Haiti accepted the apology but were clear that it is not enough if the cholera elimination plan does not move forward, and quickly. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Ban Ki-moon apologizes to Haiti for cholera outbreak, doesn’t admit fault Tom Murphy, Humanosphere December 2, 2016 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took another step in recognizing the failures of the U.N. during the cholera outbreak in Haiti. He […]

Ban Ki-moon Finally Apologizes For Cholera, More Work to Be Done

After nearly six years of denial in order to avoid accountability for bringing a deadly cholera epidemic to Haiti, Secretary-General Bakn Ki-moon finally apologized in an address before the UN General Assembly. In the same address, he also provided more details on a new two-track UN plan to eliminate cholera from Haiti and provide “material assistance.” The UN plans to meet with Haiti and with victims and their families to flesh out the plan. During the Assembly, over 20 countries spoke to commend the plan, the apology, and pledge their aid. This article also quotes Mario Joseph, Managing Attorney of BAI. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. After 6 years, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon finally says “sorry” to Haiti’s cholera victims Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald December 1, 2016     The day before United […]

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