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June Haiti Justice Update: U.S. Lawmakers Demand UN Keep Promises to Haiti’s Cholera Victims

Building stability and prosperity in Haiti through justice June 2018 Dear Friend,  U.S. Lawmakers Demand UN Keep Promises to Haiti’s Cholera Victims The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) worked with Rep. Maxine Waters on a bi-partisan letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres signed by over 100 of her colleagues, urging the UN to keep its promises to consult with cholera victims, especially regarding compensation. The Representatives warned “[w]e are concerned that the UN’s 2016 plan – the ‘New Approach to Cholera in Haiti’– to eliminate cholera and provide redress for victims is not meeting victims’ rights and needs, despite the UN’s promises to place victims ‘at the center’ of its work.” A Miami Herald article about the letter cited the IJDH and Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) work on the cholera case. IJDH and BAI sent their own letter about keeping promises to UN Deputy […]

Waters & 100 Members of Congress Urge United Nations to Fulfill its Obligation to Support Victims of the Cholera Epidemic in Haiti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2018 Contact: Twaun Samuel/Rykia Dorsey Phone: 202-225-2201 Waters & 100 Members of Congress Urge United Nations to Fulfill its Obligation to Support Victims of the Cholera Epidemic in Haiti WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee and a strong advocate for Haiti in the U.S. Congress, led a total of 101 Members of Congress in a bipartisan letter to the Honorable António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), urging him to ensure that the UN meets its obligations and effectively repairs the harms caused by the cholera epidemic in Haiti. “We write as friends of Haiti in the United States Congress to urge you to ensure that the United Nations complies with its legal and moral obligations to provide appropriate remedies to victims of Haiti’s devastating cholera […]

For Immediate Release: Congressional Lawmakers Join Forces to Secure $10 Million in FY2018 Omnibus Bill to Address Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2018                                                 For More Information Contact: Joyce Jones Communications Director 202-225-4506 (office) | 202-578-0634 (mobile) Congressional Lawmakers Join Forces to Secure $10 Million in FY2018 Omnibus Bill to Address Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic Washington, D.C. – In the current political climate, Democrats and Republicans don’t often agree on much, but in a rare act of bipartisanship, Congress has passed an omnibus package that rejected many of the White House’s harsh budget cuts. The legislation, signed by President Donald Trump before lawmakers left Washington for a two-week recess, included $10 million to help Haiti combat cholera. In 2010, United Nations peacekeepers contaminated Haiti’s largest river, which led to a cholera outbreak that infected hundreds of thousands […]

The Shared Struggle of African Americans and Haitians

In this video, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and the senior African American woman serving in Congress; and Mildred T. Aristide, attorney and former First Lady of Haiti, discuss historical and contemporary matters that relate to African American and Haitian progress at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI. April 6, 2017

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, media@ijdh.org; +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 […]

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