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UN Expert Condemns Severe Overcrowding in Haiti’s Prisons

Current prison conditions in Haiti compromise the basic human rights and health of approximately 10,500 incarcerated individuals. Haitian prisons are overcrowded by 644%, according to the UN expert on human rights, and many inmates barely have space to stand in Port-au-Prince’s prisons. The horrific sanitary conditions and severe overcrowding will likely lead to unnecessary deaths in the coming months. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. UN expert flags ‘daily violations’ in Haiti prisons Jamaica Observer March 9, 2017 Inmates in Haiti are subjected to “daily violations” of their fundamental rights, mostly stemming from egregious prison overcrowding resulting from the overuse of lengthy preventive detentions, a UN official said Thursday. Gustavo Gallon, a UN expert focusing on human rights, said the impoverished Caribbean nation often flouts UN incarceration standards of 4.5 metres (14.8 feet) of prison area per […]

Political Leaders Urge Extension of TPS for Haitians

New York City Council Member Dr. Eugene, along with a Haitian community organization, have launched a petition to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. Originally granted in 2010 after the earthquake, TPS for Haitians is now set to expire July 22, 2017. Since last year, legislators like Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Congressman Alcee Hastings have been urging a halt to deportations of undocumented Haitians and extension of TPS. If this new petition receives 100,000 signatures, it will require an official response from the White House. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitian legislator, US group urge Trump to renew TPS for Haitians Jamaica Observer February 26, 2017 NEW YORK (CMC) — A Haitian legislator and a community-based group have launched a petition urging United States President Donald Trump and the US Department of Homeland […]

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’ […]

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