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Representative Clarke Welcomes UN Apology for Haiti Cholera

Caribbean-American congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY), has issued a statement accepting and celebrating Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s apology to the Haitian people for the cholera epidemic that has plagued Haiti since 2010.  She now calls on the UN to fulfill their responsibility to the Haitian people. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full text. Congresswoman hails UN apology for cholera epidemic in Haiti Jamaica Observer December 3, 2016 NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — Caribbean American congresswoman Yvette D Clarke has welcomed the United Nations apology to the Haitian people over the cholera outbreak in the French-speaking Caribbean country. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued the apology earlier this week for the cholera epidemic that has killed more than 10,000 people in Haiti. “Although the secretary general refused to explicitly admit fault for introducing cholera to […]

US congresswoman Clarke calls on White House to halt deportations of Haitians

US Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke, of the 9th congressional district of Brooklyn, New York, has urged President Obama to halt the deportation of undocumented Haitians, and to redesignate Temporary Protected Status to Haitian nationals. Clarke has also signed and promoted a petition created by two major Haiti Diaspora groups in New York that, on receiving 100,000 signatures, would require an official response from the White House. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. US congresswoman calls on Obama administration to halt deportation of Haitians Jamaica Observer November 10, 2016   NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — US Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke has urged the Obama administration to immediately halt the deportation of undocumented Haitians. “Earlier today (Wednesday), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed that removal proceedings have resumed for Haitian nationals in the United […]

UN secretary general regrets cholera outbreak in Haiti

UN secretary general addresses cholera outbreak in Haiti during his address to the United Nations General Assembly. The outgoing secretary general said that the UN has a “moral responsibility” to address the tremendous suffering of the Haitian people after the cholera outbreak. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for full text. Outgoing UN secretary general says he regrets cholera outbreak in Haiti Jamaica Observer September 20, 2016 UNITED NATIONS, United States (CMC) — Outgoing United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday publicly expressed regret for the outbreak of cholera in Haiti. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for the last time, Ban said the cholera outbreak and the sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers in Central African had “tarnished the reputation of the United Nations and, far worse, traumatized many people we serve”. Ban, who steps down at […]

Time for Haiti’s Government to Demand Cholera Justice

BAI’s Mario Joseph, along with about 100 cholera victims, protested in front of Haiti’s presidential palace this week. They asked the Haitian government to speak in favor of justice for Haiti’s cholera victims, especially now that the United Nations has finally admitted its involvement in the epidemic. Many believe the Haitian government has been afraid to speak out in the past because of its reliance on Haiti’s UN force, MINUSTAH. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti cholera victims protest against UN Jamaica Observer September 13, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) — Around 100 Haitian cholera victims protested Monday in front of the presidential palace demanding that the Government obtain damages from the United Nations, whose peacekeepers are blamed for the epidemic. “We are here so that (interim president) Jocelerme Privert finally takes the victims’ […]

Haitian Parliamentarians Nervous About Election Delay

Based on an early-February agreement, Haiti’s next president was supposed to be sworn in on May 14. As the deadline neared and passed, members of Haiti’s Parliament are becoming increasingly nervous about whether the interim president, Privert, is planning to try to hold on to power. Privert says that the delays are meant to allow the verification of the previous rounds of elections but hasn’t yet given a time-frame for the next round of elections. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s Parliament to meet in emergency session on Tuesday Jamaica Observer May 15, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) – Haiti’s Interim President Jocelerme Privert has called an emergency meeting of Parliament on Tuesday to discuss a number of issues amid fears by opposition politicians that he could use the occasion to further delay presidential […]

Haiti’s Interim President Asks Parliament to Collaborate

Jocelerme Privert, Haiti’s interim president announced that he’s chosen the new Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) that will be in charge of the elections. Privert and the interim government have until April 24 to organize elections, based on an agreement made with Michel Martelly before he left office. So far though, Parliament is opposing Privert’s actions. Privert calls on Parliament to work together with him to keep the electoral process moving. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. For background on Haiti’s elections, click HERE. Haiti’s interim president names new Electoral Council Jamaica Observer March 15, 2016 PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Haiti’s Interim President Jocelerme Privert has named a new Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) as the French-speaking Caribbean Community country moves towards staging presidential elections. In a television broadcast on Sunday night, he said that […]

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