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Congresswoman Waters Deplores Three Years of UN Inaction on Haiti Cholera

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Kermshlise Picard, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti,; +1-617-652-0876 (Interviews available in English, French & Kreyòl).) Congresswoman Waters Deplores Three Years of UN Inaction on Haiti Cholera Letter to Secretary-General Ban Notes Gaps Between 2013 Assurances, Current Reality BOSTON, July 7 2016 – In a scathing letter sent to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday, Congresswoman Maxine Waters criticized the UN’s failure to respond effectively to the cholera epidemic introduced to Haiti by UN troops, and warned that the failure is “squandering the UN’s credibility” and “imperils the effectiveness of billions allocated to current and future UN activities” by the US Congress. “This letter sends a clear message that the UN can no longer hide behind vague assurances and untenable legal positions while cholera continues to kill Haitians” said Brian Concannon, Jr. […]

Rep. Waters Writes to Ban Ki-Moon Demanding Justice for Cholera Victims

Representative Maxine Waters of California’s 43 District wrote to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanding an appropriate response from the head of the United Nations for its role in the Haiti cholera outbreak. Citing UN human rights experts who called the UN’s failure to respond to the crisis a “challenge to the credibility of the organization,” she urged a sufficient response to match the leadership of the UN and to ensure justice for the Haitian people. Letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Representative Maxine Waters, U.S. Congress 5 July 2016 Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full text. Dear Secretary-General, I am writing, as a friend of the people of Haiti and of the United Nations, on the anniversary of your response to the May 30, 2013, letter that I and 18 of my colleagues in the […]

Congresswoman Waters Urges Secretary Kerry Not to Support Flawed Elections in Haiti

For Immediate Release Contact: Twaun Samuel Phone: (202) 225-2201 E-mail:   Congresswoman Waters Urges Secretary Kerry Not to Support Flawed Elections in Haiti Warns that flawed elections could lead to large-scale unrest   January 21, 2016 Washington, DC,  – Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, expressing deep concern that the electoral process in Haiti has sharply deteriorated and been rejected by most sectors of Haitian society. Presidential run-off elections in Haiti are currently scheduled for Sunday, January 24th.  The Congresswoman’s letter warns that forcing demonstrably flawed elections on unwilling voters risks disaster for Haiti and discredit for the United States. During Congresswoman Waters’ thirteen terms in Congress, she has visited Haiti many times, and she has worked with her colleagues in Congress, State Department officials, […]

Rep. Maxine Waters Urges Fair Elections in Haiti

Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ office has issued a press release urging Secretary of State John Kerry to support democratic elections in Haiti. As Secretary Kerry visits Haiti October 6 to discuss the elections, it is a chance for the US State Department to leverage its influence to make sure that perpetrators of violence, fraud and voter intimidation are sanctioned and that Haiti’s Electoral Council will take steps to regain voters’ trust. Congresswoman Waters has abundant experience with Haiti and stresses the importance of the next round of elections, which include both the presidential and 2nd round legislative elections. Part of the release is below. Click HERE for the full text.   For Immediate Release Contact: Twaun Samuel Phone: (202) 225-2201 E-mail:   Congresswoman Waters Urges Secretary Kerry to Support Free, Fair and Democratic Elections in Haiti Calls for Investigation of Election […]

Rep Waters Concerned by Violence in Haiti

Peaceful protestors commemorating the 1991 coup anniversary were attacked by Haitian police on September 30th. Congresswoman Waters wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry expressing concern about this and further violence in Haiti. In the letter, she urged Kerry to encourage the Haitian government to respect its people’s human rights. Congresswoman Waters Urges State Department to Support the Rights of Peaceful Demonstrators in Haiti US Congresswoman Maxine Waters October 2, 2014 Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, expressing concern about the potential for political instability and violence in Haiti.  The letter urges him to use his influence to encourage the Government of Haiti to respect the rights of Haitian citizens to peaceably assemble and express their political opinions free from government intimidation.  Copies of the letter were sent to Thomas C. Adams, Haiti […]

Maxine Waters exhorte Kerry à intervenir en Haïti

Représentant américaine Maxine Waters a écrit une lettre au secrétaire d’État John Kerry, exprimant ses préoccupations au sujet de le retrait de la sécurité d’Aristide 11 septembre. Sa plus grande préoccupation citée est une confrontation potentielle entre les partisans d’Aristide et la police: Elle craint que cela qui puisse mener à des pertes de vie et d’instabilité politique en Haïti. Rep. Waters exhorte Kerry à intervenir immédiatement. Haïti – Politique : La Congressiste Maxine Waters demande l’intervention de John Kerry HaitiLibre September 16, 2014 Dans une lettre adressée au Secrétaire d’État John Kerry, la Congressiste Maxine Waters, dit craindre une situation dangereuse après le retrait des agents chargés de la sécurité de l’ancien Président Aristide et lui demande d’intervenir sans délai, afin d’éviter une confrontation dangereuse entre les forces de l’orde et les partisans d’Aristide. « L’Honorable John Kerry Secrétaire d’État […]

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