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UNSG Ban Ki-moon’s editorial in the Miami Herald

In the editorial below, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, addresses the readers in a similar fashion as in his apology on December 1, 2016. He explains the purpose and possible structure of the UN’s two track initiative in Haiti, and expresses his remorse over the UN’s role in the epidemic. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Righting a wrong in Haiti Ban Ki-moon, Miami Herald December 5, 2016   Last week, I addressed the U.N. General Assembly to outline a new approach to tackle cholera in Haiti — a disease that has afflicted nearly 800,000 people and claimed the lives of more than 9,000 Haitians over the last six years. This tragedy has cast a shadow upon the relationship between the U.N. and the people of Haiti. It is a blemish on the […]

Ban Ki-moon Finally Apologizes For Cholera, More Work to Be Done

After nearly six years of denial in order to avoid accountability for bringing a deadly cholera epidemic to Haiti, Secretary-General Bakn Ki-moon finally apologized in an address before the UN General Assembly. In the same address, he also provided more details on a new two-track UN plan to eliminate cholera from Haiti and provide “material assistance.” The UN plans to meet with Haiti and with victims and their families to flesh out the plan. During the Assembly, over 20 countries spoke to commend the plan, the apology, and pledge their aid. This article also quotes Mario Joseph, Managing Attorney of BAI. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. After 6 years, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon finally says “sorry” to Haiti’s cholera victims Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald December 1, 2016     The day before United […]

U.S. increasing rate of deportations to Haiti

After ending a 6-year moratorium on non-criminal deportations to Haiti, the Department of Homeland Security, has recently announced that it will begin to pick up the pace of deportations to Haiti, to keep pace with the increase of Haitian nationals arriving at the southern US border. The current deportations will not affect Haitians with Temporary Protection Status in the US, and their protection has been extended through July 22, 2017. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.S. picking up pace of deportations to Haiti Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald November 23, 2016 Facing an influx of undocumented Haitian migrants arriving at the U.S. southern border with Mexico and a lack of jail space, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that it would step up deportations to Haiti in the coming weeks. “Recently, we have […]

While attention is elsewhere, US government resumes deportations to Haiti

While the U.S. government transitions between administrations, the Department of Homeland Security continues to deport people of Haitian heritage. Steve Forester of IJDH said, “It’s completely outrageous given the devastation Hurricane Matthew caused and the inability of Haiti to receive deportees…The only thing that has changed in Haiti is that the vast devastation affecting two million people in Haiti is no longer in the headlines; that’s the only thing that has changed since they suspended deportations.” Steve Forester is an activist in Miami. Activists in San Diego also condemn the deportations. Pierre Esperance, executive director of the National Network Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH). Esperance said, “These are not criminal deportees but people who went to Brazil and transited through Mexico to San Diego, California.” Below is a portion of the Miami Herald article. Click HERE for the full article. U.S. government […]

51 Prominent Floridians Ask Clinton for Conversation on Human Rights

Haitian American voters seek a conversation with Secretary Hillary Clinton on humanitarian issues. 27 Florida-based organizations and 24 other prominent Floridians wrote a letter requesting a meeting with Secretary Clinton. The letter asked for the Secretary’s positions on human-rights issues, specifically petitioning for Temporary Protective Status re-designation for undocumented Haitians. An additionally alarming concern is the November 20 election in Haiti. If immigrant rights are human rights, a humanitarian approach would respect immigrants, fulfill their basic rights such as voting, protect the most vulnerable immigrant, and promote non-discrimination. “Fifty-one Florida based leaders want to know what Hillary Clinton would do and will do on these issues,” said IJDH’s Steven Forester. Below is an excerpt from the article. Click HERE for the full article. In Miami, Haitian-American voters grapple with mixed feelings about Clinton by Jacqueline Charles, with Patricia Mazzei. Miami Herald October 29th, 2016   […]

Hurricane Matthew’s Destruction Demands Action Against Cholera

The destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew has hit hard in Haiti.  The damage and flooding have only served to make the cholera outbreak that began in 2010 worse, and the international community, in particular the United Nations, needs a plan to combat the cholera outbreak and help Haiti in the wake of this devastating natural disaster. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Hurricane Matthew’s destruction in Haiti demands an aggressive plan to fight cholera Michael Posner, The Miami Herald October 13, 2016 Last week, Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, dealing another blow to our poorest, most challenged neighbor. After an earthquake in 2010 killed more than 200,000 people, a United Nations peacekeeping force introduced cholera to Haiti, infecting almost 800,000 people. According to Doctors Without Borders, there have been close to 30,000 cholera-related deaths. Six years […]

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