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As Haiti Commemorates Earthquake, UN Accountability Crisis Deepens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Mario Joseph, Av., Managing Attorney, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), mario@ijdh.org,  +509 2943 2106/07 (in Port-au-Prince, speaks French and Creole) Brian Concannon, Jr., Esq., Executive Director, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), brian@ijdh.org, +1-617-652-0876 (in Boston, speaks English, French and Creole) Beatrice Lindstrom, Esq., Staff Attorney, IJDH, beatrice@ijdh.org, +1-404-217-1302 (in New York, speaks English and Creole) As Haiti Commemorates Earthquake, UN Accountability Crisis Deepens Refusal to Take Responsibility for Cholera Emblematic of Failed International Responses BOSTON, PORT-AU-PRINCE, January 6, 2015—As the world assesses Haiti’s recovery from the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake, the UN’s refusal to respond justly to the cholera epidemic it brought to Haiti after the earthquake stands as a stark example of misguided priorities, mismanaged efforts and a refusal to honor commitments. Cholera cases have recently surged in Haiti—nearly 100 deaths were recorded in November 2014, making it the deadliest month on […]

77 Congress Members Renew the Call for Cholera Justice

While there have been a few steps taken towards justice for the cholera victims in Haiti, such as the October 23 hearing on the question of UN immunity, the UN still denies the victims access to justice. In light of this, Rep. John Conyers and 76 other members of Congress wrote to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon provide a settlement mechanism for the cholera victims’ claims. This isn’t the first letter from Congress demanding a just response to the epidemic. Four years after the epidemic was first brought to Haiti, the victims still need justice. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. John Conyers and 76 Other Members of Congress Urge UN to Provide Settlement Mechanism for Cholera Victims and their Families Center for Economic and Policy Research December 23, 2014 On October 23 Haiti’s cholera […]

77 Congresspersons Urge Due Process for Cholera Victims

December 19, 2014 For Immediate Release: Contact: Stephanie Báez (202) 999 – 9699 CONYERS & 76 CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES SEND LETTER TO UN URGING DUE PROCESS FOR HAITIAN CHOLERA VICTIMS DETROIT – Today, Congressman John Conyers Jr. (MI-13) and 76 Members of Congress sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, urging UN authorities to ensure that victims of the cholera epidemic in Haiti have access to a fair and impartial procedure for adjudication of their claims. Scientific evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that the UN introduced cholera to Haiti in October 2010 through improper waste disposal on a base located on the banks of a tributary to the Artibonite River. To date, more than 8,500 Haitians have died from the disease and over 700,000 people have been infected, becoming the largest single-country cholera epidemic in the world. In July, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon […]

Top Ten Reasons to Install Clean Water in Haiti

In an interview with NPR, Jonathan Katz noted that lack of proper sanitation and water access contributes to the persistence of cholera in Haiti. In celebration of World Water Day, the team at IJDH has put together an additional ten reasons to focus on clean water initiatives in Haiti. 1. Eliminate cholera that the United Nations brought to Haiti and put an end to the epidemic sickening and killing people (Reference: NPR) 2. Save 4000+ lives every year from waterborne disease related deaths (Reference: Human Rights Watch) 3. Revolutionize access to basic human rights and dignity (Reference: Special Rapporteur submission) 4. Yield a fivefold return on investment through improving health, education, and creating jobs in establishing an adequate sanitation system. Consequently, inadequate infrastructure can sap as much as 7% of G.D.P. per year. (Reference: Jonathan Katz, New Yorker) 5. When asked if compensating victims and […]

Communiqué de presse MCC sur le cholera en Haïti

Pour commémorer le quatrième anniversaire du tremblement de terre, Wawa et Kristen Chege ont rédigé un communiqué de presse sur les logements et le cholera. Ci-dessous est celui sur l’épidémie du choléra. Click HERE for the English version. Financer le plan d’élimination du choléra et implémenter les recommandations des experts. Wawa et Kristen Chege, MCC Latin America Advocacy Blog January 2014 Haïti souffre de la pire épidémie de choléra dans l’histoire mondiale récente. Cette épidémie est due à une déficience dans le traitement des ordures au camp de base d’une Mission des Nations Unies pour la Stabilisation en Haïti népalaise (MINUSTAH), à Mirebalais. La souche népalaise du virus se serait répendue dans la rivière Artibonite, dont l’eau est utilisée pour laver, cuisiner et boire dans une grande partie du pays. Le 11 décembre 2011, le Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies a approuvé […]

Help Haiti Through the Cholera Lawsuit

Although billions were pledged and many promises were made to Haiti immediately after the 2010 earthquake, there’s not much to show for it.  For those still looking to help, this article recommends supporting the cholera lawsuit against the UN. Douz Janvye Pooja Bhatia, Ozy January 11, 2014 Tomorrow marks four years since a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, killed an unknown number of people and left the capital city, Port-au-Prince, in shambles. I was there — before, during and after the quake — and, like many other returned expats, I have no idea what to do with myself on douz janvyè. (That’s Haitian Kreyol for the 12th of January.) It’s an awful day to remember, but forgetting would feel wrong, even if I were able. How to mark the day? Minutes after the ground stopped shaking, messages came in from my friends abroad. […]

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