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Prayers for the Stateless in DR and Haiti

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is holding a week of prayers for those rendered stateless by a discriminatory Dominican Republic (DR) ruling in 2013. Thousands of migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent have fled from DR to Haiti in fear of violence and sudden deportation. The DR government has also begun the mass deportations promised since July. This week, MCC will be posting prayers, engaging in advocacy and sharing resources to support those displaced by this human rights crisis. Days of Prayer for the Displaced in Haiti and the Dominican Republic Mennonite Central Committee August 31, 2015 In the Dominican Republic, thousands of Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent stripped of their citizenship are living in fear of deportation because of recent, harsh changes to immigration laws. An estimated 66,000 people have already fled the Dominican Republic and entered Haiti, […]

UN Panel Says Peacekeeper Immunity Cannot Equal Impunity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kermshlise Picard, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti; media@ijdh.org, 617-652-0876.   UN Panel Says Peacekeeper Immunity Cannot Equal Impunity  Report Fails to Address Haiti Cholera, While Chair Separately Calls for Compensation (New York, June 23, 2015) — On Monday, June 22, a High-Level Independent Panel appointed to review and propose reforms in UN peacekeeping publicly released its final report. The report calls for overhauls in the peacekeeping system, noting that UN peace operations suffer from “chronic challenges”. Despite the mounting accountability crisis facing UN peacekeeping and prior assurances by the Panel Chair that it would issue recommendations to respond to the UN’s accountability failures in Haiti, the panel did not propose reforms that address continued UN impunity for cholera in Haiti. “The UN’s lack of accountability for cholera in Haiti represents one of […]

Five years after the earthquake, has Haiti received its promised relief?

Five years after the destructive January 20, 2010 earthquake near Port-au-Prince, few of the relief efforts promised by independent states, organizations, and the United Nations have been delivered. Despite the billions of dollars pledged in aid, little of that money has been disbursed, and post-disaster relief has been minimal. Much of the relief has been and continues to be centered on the political and individual gain of countries providing aid. Is there justice for Haiti? Ruth-Anne Seburn, Winnipeg Free Press June 8, 2015   In the never-ending news cycle, it’s easy to forget about disasters and crises after they’ve disappeared from the headlines. Haiti and the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in 2010 is a prime example. The Mennonite Central Committee, an international peace, relief and development organization with headquarters in Winnipeg, has worked on the ground in Haiti for more than […]

Everything you should know about cholera in Haiti

In October 2010, United Nations (UN) peacekeepers started a deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti. Since then, the UN has continued to dodge accountability, despite consensus by scientific experts that the UN did indeed cause the outbreak. Mennonite Central Committee has created a great infographic outlining the epidemic from 2010 to now. Click HERE to see the infographic. INFOGRAPHIC: How the U.N. is Failing Haitian Cholera Victims Ted Oswald and Katharine Oswald, Huffington Post Blog June 4, 2015 Haiti is a few months away from the five-year anniversary of the introduction of cholera because of the United Nations’ systematic negligence in leaking contaminated human waste into Haitian waterways. We at Mennonite Central Committee created an infographic to raise awareness of two unfortunate truths: 1) cholera in Haiti is not under control and new cases are surging in 2015; and 2) the U.N. continues to ignore […]

To Eradicate Cholera, UN Must Focus on Justice

The UN’s cholera plan, which has been relaunched in several iterations since 2010, continues to struggle for funding. The current plan is only 12.9% funded, with only 1% of those funds being pledged by the UN. The UN would probably be more successful at raising these crucial funds if it took responsibility for causing the epidemic, and focused on justice instead of charity. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN Cholera Plan for Haiti Must Choose Justice Over Charity Ted Oswald & Katharine Oswald, HuffPost Impact February 26, 2015 In a recent article, Pedro Medrano Rojas, the UN Senior Coordinator for Cholera Response in Haiti, called on the international community to change course on its “historic lack of attention to water and sanitation” in Haiti by increasing support for water and sanitation infrastructure to combat the […]

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