On Human Rights Day, December 10, 2015, thousands of cholera victims in Haiti gathered to deliver letters they’d written to the United Nations telling their stories and demanding justice. The letters add a personal touch to stories that are usually told in dehumanized statistics. Haiti’s cholera victims are proud that they have survived but they often have to deal with side effects like weakness and stomach pain that linger on. The water and sanitation necessary to prevent the disease from continuing is long-past overdue. We, and the victims, hope that the UN will read these letters and live up to the human rights ideals that it claims to uphold. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitian Letters Remind the UN of Cholera Victims’ Sadness Nancy Young, PassBlue December 13, 2015 PORT-AU-PRINCE — Here in the […]
In connection with Human Rights Day, December 10, victims of the ongoing cholera epidemic in Haiti have delivered over 2000 handwritten letters to the UN. The letters are personal appeals for the UN to live up to its own human rights obligations and provide justice and reparations to those who have suffered so much from cholera. ———————– Here are some of the letters from the cholera victims. The rest will be continually added HERE. (English Translation) (English Translation) (English Translation) (English Translation) (English Translation) (English Translation) (English Translation) (English Translation) (English Translation) (English Translation) (English Translation) (English Translation) (English Translation) (English Translation) (English Translation) English Only
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kermshlise Picard, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, firstname.lastname@example.org; +1-617-652-0876 (English, Kreyòl). Haitian Cholera Victims Send 2,000 Letters to UN Security Council Make Personalized Appeal for Justice on Human Rights Day PORT-AU-PRINCE, NEW YORK December 10, 2015—In connection with Human Rights Day, December 10, victims of the ongoing cholera epidemic brought to Haiti by UN peacekeepers have written over 2,000 personal letters to the UN Security Council to ask governments to respond to their suffering and provide reparations in accordance with the UN’s legal obligations. “It is with great sadness that I am writing this letter…to remind you that human rights should be respected no matter which country one is from. If the peacekeepers from MINUSTAH did not contaminate our water supply with fecal matter, I never would have been infected with this […]
December 15, 2014 Dear Friend, We do not speak. afraid of what might happen to us the air above our tongues prays for us to speak. afraid of what might happen if we don’t The Air Above Our Tongues, By Ruth Forman (from Prayers Like Shoes) Many awards were presented to human rights activists around the world on December 10th, International Human Rights Day. This year, the day reminded me of the two-day retreat I hosted last July for the staff of Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, in the cool mountains high above Port-au-Prince. There in my midst were about two dozen emerging leaders – young, dedicated, brilliant and eager Haitian lawyers, apprentice lawyers and law students – fighting daily for the dignity of their fellow Haitians. I pinned an imaginary medal on each of them, shook their hands and gave each a hug. […]
By denying responsibility and dodging accountability for the cholera epidemic its peacekeepers brought to Haiti, the United Nations is denying the victims justice. The John Marshall Law School and 60 human rights groups sent a letter to the UN High Commissioner asking him to call for remedies for cholera victims. What better time to do so than on International Human Rights Day? Part of the post is below. Click HERE for the full text. Click HERE for the letter. UN Should Honor Human Rights Day With Amends to Haitian Cholera Victims John Marshall Law School International Human Rights Clinic December 10, 2014 Today, Human Rights Day should be when the United Nations starts righting the wrongs done to hundreds of thousands of Haitian cholera victims who have been deprived of justice by the international organization. That’s according to the International Human Rights […]
RALLY INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY The Vision: A Universal Culture of Human Rights The Harsh Realities: –700 political prisoners illegally detained in Haiti –Body count mounts as unjust war continues in Iraq –Israel-Palestine conflict drags on –USA PATRIOT Act eroding civil liberties in the USA –Women and children oppressed in many lands Join us Friday, Dec. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. Federal Courthouse, Broward Boulevard at NE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale Bring signs if you can! Sponsored by the Broward AntiWar Coalition Call 954-566-9439 for more information.