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UN Cholera Apology’s a First Step But Much More Needs to Be Done

On December 1 before the General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized for the cholera epidemic and detailed a $400 million plan to fight the disease. While the apology is a necessary first step towards justice and something that cholera victims have been demanding for years, the UN was very careful not to imply legal responsibility in the apology. Even the description of the plan was “solidarity” rather than accountability or responsibility. This may be contributing to the trouble the UN is having with getting member states to contribute to the plan. The UN must also make sure to fully consider compensating victims and find strategies to do so. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The UN’s Apology Won’t Heal Disease, But It’s A First Step to Justice Beatrice Lindstrom, Opinio Juris January 2, 2017 When […]

There is still time for President Obama to pay the US debt to Haiti

…or rather, begin repaying the debt, which has been imposed on Haiti almost since the country claimed its independence in 1804. The US has long been involved in Haiti in detrimental ways but by redesignating Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, and expanding the Haitian Family Reunification Program, which is currently too limited, President Obama has a chance to begin to make things right. There is still time before he leaves office. Will he heed the calls for justice? Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full text. Dear President Obama, while there is time Nancy Young, Medium December 20, 2016 Dear President Obama: I tried to call you yesterday on a matter of great urgency and justice to the people of Haiti and those who love them here in the US. But the White House comments line was […]

Be Part of the Solution for Haiti

Dear Friend, As the holiday celebrations approach, please join the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in celebrating a year of victories for justice in Haiti. Along with our collaborators in Haiti and abroad, we have made historic and sustainable impact in 2016, including: •The United Nations admitted involvement in bringing cholera to Haiti and announced $400 million to fight cholera and support the cholera victims. This is a big step forward—it will save hundreds of lives and alleviate misery for tens of thousands of families. Smaller victories along the way included: •A series of reports from UN Human Rights experts urging the UN to respect the cholera victims’ human right to compensation; •Letters from 160 Members of the U.S. Congress—Democrats and Republicans—calling on the U.S. State Department to seek a […]

Victory in the Fight for Cholera Justice – UN Apology!

IJDH has been pursuing cholera justice for so many years, and today, we saw major steps towards justice! For the first time, the United Nations held a briefing specifically dedicated to cholera. It is unheard of for a Secretary-General to issue a report like this and hold this type of session. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also apologized for bringing cholera to Haiti, something that cholera victims, BAI, IJDH and all of our allies have been advocating for since 2010! Stephen Lewis, former Canadian Ambassador to the UN and now co-Director of AIDS-Free World, describes the fight for cholera justice in vivid terms: Transcript of cholera apology, in three languages Reactions from cholera victims in Haiti UN Secretary General’s report on the new plan

UN Special Rapporteur Demands Just Response to Cholera Victims

In an August 2016 report to the United Nations General Assembly, Special Rapporteur Philip Alston criticized the UN’s response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti as “morally unconscionable, legally indefensible and politically self-defeating. It is also entirely unnecessary.” When the UN later announced that it would soon release a new plan for eliminating cholera from Haiti, Alston wrote a letter to follow up, commending the UN for the new approach but also suggesting ways to make sure it was truly just. The Deputy Secretary-General wrote back the following week with further details on the new plan, including “a package of material assistance and support to Haitians most directly affected by cholera.” Parts of both letters are included below. Special Rapporteur Alston also spoke at the United Nations General Assembly regarding cholera on October 25. He again emphasized the importance of a just response. […]

After Matthew, Haitian Cholera Victims Need Justice More than Ever

Last month, the United Nations finally admitted responsibility for the cholera epidemic in Haiti, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has even promised to reveal a plan to fight cholera. Now that Hurricane Matthew has brought even more water into a place where contaminated water is a major problem, Haitian cholera victims need the UN response even sooner. Some are skeptical that cholera can be eliminated in Haiti but it has been eliminated in other poor countries around the world as recently as 2000. The UN just has to be willing to invest in solving the problem it caused. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti Needs A Plan To Eradicate Cholera – The UN Cannot Wait One. More. Day. Julianna LeMieux, ACSH October 10, 2016 The United Nations took responsibility for starting the cholera epidemic in Haiti […]

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