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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 […]

Haiti Cholera Cases Up in 2016

So far in 2016, Haiti has had more cholera cases than last year. It has been over five years since UN peacekeepers first brought cholera to Haiti and the epidemic continues to infect and kill Haitians. Meanwhile, the UN continues to dodge responsibility for these lives by claiming immunity in court. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. For background info on cholera in Haiti, click HERE. Haiti records nearly 100 cholera deaths in first two months of 2016 Jamaica Observer March 14, 2016 PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Haiti says it has recorded 96 people have died from cholera during the first two months of this year. The Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) said there were also 7, 782 cases of the disease during the period January 1 to February 27. But […]

CARICOM Election Observers Note Irregularities on October 25

Although many have praised the October 25 round of elections for the lack of violence compared to August 9th, there were many irregularities (including ballot stuffing) that day. An observer group from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) noted that practices for identifying voters varied across polling stations, there wasn’t enough privacy in voting booths, and more transparency is needed in the vote-tallying process. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Caricom observers warn of ‘anomalies’ in Haiti poll process Jamaica Observer October 29, 2015 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — A Caribbean Community (Caricom) team that observed the legislative and first-round presidential elections in Haiti last Sunday is warning of “anomalies” that, if not corrected, “could lead to undesirable sequels in the future”. The 11-member team headed by the chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Dr Steve […]

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