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Sen. Nelson and Rep. Wilson Letter Regarding US Assistance to Haiti

Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Frederica Wilson are urging the U.S. State Department to continue their efforts to help the people of Haiti recover from Hurricane Matthew. In a letter today to Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Gayle Smith, the Florida lawmakers asked the State Department to provide a detailed plan to address the island nation’s shortage of food and shelter and to combat the increasing spread of cholera in the wake of the recent storm. Letter to Secretary of State and USAID Regarding US Assistance to Haiti November 28, 2016 The Honorable John F. Kerry Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520 The Honorable Gayle E. Smith Administrator U.S. Agency for International Development 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20004 Dear Secretary Kerry and Administrator […]

13 Members of Congress Demand Cholera Justice and UN Apology

Congresswoman Barbara Lee and twelve other Congresspersons wrote to the United Nations Secretary General and encouraged the US to allocate resources to the UN’s cholera response. The Congresspersons also urged an apology for the UN-caused epidemic, saying that “Each day that passes without a formal apology and remediation efforts further erodes trust in the UN and affiliated peacekeeping missions.” Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full letter. —————- November 18, 2016 His Excellency Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General of the United Nations 760 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017 Dear Mr. Secretary-General, It has been six years since UN peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti, which was already reeling from deadly and devastating January 2010 earthquake. As a direct result of their negligence, nearly 800,000 people have been infected with cholera and upwards of 9,500 people have died.1 In 2014, […]

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. […]

51 Florida Groups and Leaders Ask Hillary Clinton Meeting and Views on Urgent Haiti Issues

October 20, 2016 27 Florida-based organizations and 24 other prominent Floridians have written Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton asking her to promptly inform them of her positions on crucial issues of concern to the Haitian American community, a key electorate, and for a meeting regarding these issues. Noting that “Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti, affecting two million Haitians; stranding hundreds of thousands; killing at least 1,000; obliterating tens of thousands of homes; destroying and inundating towns, livestock, crops, and livelihoods; and causing a surge in cholera cases,” they ask Secretary Clinton “to promptly inform of us of your views on the following concerns, which are of great importance to the Haitian-American community.” In successive sections, the letter describes policy needs and “asks,” all made more urgent by Matthew’s devastation, regarding the needs for U.S. leadership to eradicate Haiti’s cholera epidemic […]

New York City Bar Demands Cholera Justice

In August, the United Nations promised to reveal a new plan for eliminating cholera from Haiti sometime in October. The International Committee of the New York City Bar Association urges Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to ensure that human rights principles guide this plan. Part of the Bar Association’s letter is below. Click HERE for the full text. October 14, 2016 Dear Mr. Secretary-General: I write on behalf of the New York City Bar Association regarding your office’s recent statements recognizing the role of the United Nations in the outbreak of cholera in Haiti in 2010. We welcome this acknowledgment of responsibility as an important step toward accountability and justice for cholera victims and elimination of the disease from Haiti. In order to ensure a just resolution of this crisis and to safeguard the UN’s moral leadership, we urge you to take concrete steps to ensure that […]

Congressman Hastings Urges Expansion of TPS for Haitians After Hurricane Matthew

For Immediate Release                                                                                                Contact: Evan Polisar October 12, 2016                                                                                                                (202) 225-1313 Hastings Urges President Obama to Expand TPS for Haitians Affected by Hurricane Matthew (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) sent the following letter to […]

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