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Haiti’s Cholera Victims Call on UNSG Antonio Guterres to Act One Year after UN’s Apology

The United Nations peacekeepers sparked the world’s deadliest cholera epidemic in Haiti, killing at least 10,000 people and infecting 800,000. The epidemic continues to this day. On December 1, 2016, the UN finally apologized for its role and launched a new plan to eliminate cholera and assist its victims. One year later, victims are still waiting for the UN to honor its promises.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: One Year After UN Apology, Cholera Victims Call Out Unfulfilled Promises

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +1-617-652-0876 Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (Port-au-Prince): mario@ijdh.org, +509-3701-9879 One Year After UN Apology, Cholera Victims Call Out Unfulfilled Promises (Boston, Port-au-Prince, December 1, 2017) – On the one year anniversary of the UN’s historic apology for its role in sparking Haiti’s devastating cholera epidemic, victims appealed to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to follow through on commitments made last year to end cholera transmission and provide remedies. Victims also plan to gather in peaceful protest at 11 am EST outside UN headquarters in Port-au-Prince. One year ago today, then-outgoing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon publicly asked for the Haitian people’s forgiveness for the UN’s role in the epidemic and launched a “New Approach to Cholera in Haiti.”  Many victims viewed the apology as turning a page on a […]

As UN Deputy Chief Heads to Haiti, Advocates Urge UN to Keep Promises to Cholera Victims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +1-617-652-0876 Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (Port-au-Prince): sienna@ijdh.org; +509-4875-3444 As UN Deputy Chief Heads to Haiti, Advocates Urge UN to Keep Promises to Cholera Victims (Boston, Port-au-Prince, November 2, 2017) — Advocates for Haiti’s cholera victims insist that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ announced “new partnership” with Haiti will only help Haiti if accompanied by real action  to raise the $400 million in funds promised by the UN, and a partnership that provides the victims a meaningful opportunity for input. The Secretary-General announced the initiative in a Miami Herald op-ed, ahead of the UN Deputy Secretary-General’s visit to Haiti on Friday, November 3rd.  The Secretary-General notes that a major focus of the trip will be follow-up on the UN’s commitments to a “New Approach to Cholera […]

After Infecting Haiti with Cholera, UN Is Struggling to Keep the Promise Made to Haitian People

Seven years since the United Nations Soldiers introduced the cholera epidemic into Haiti that has killed 10,000 deaths and sickened nearly one million Haitians, the UN is struggling to raise money to fully fund its New Approach to cholera. Last year the UN admitted its role in introducing cholera in the country and promised to raise $400 million to eliminate cholera in Haiti and “to provide material assistance to those who have been most affected by the disease.” Nearly a year since UN launched the fundraising, the fund has only garnered about 3%.  The UN closed its 13-year-old peacekeeping mission in Haiti known by its French acronym MINUSTAH. The legacy of MINUSTAH is plagued by a series of controversies, including the cholera outbreak, sexual abuse and unfathered children.  Read full article HERE THE UNITED NATIONS INFECTED HAITIANS WITH CHOLERA. NOW THEY ARE […]

As UN Closes MINUSTAH, Advocates Condemn Accountability Failures

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +617-652- 0876 Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (Port-au-Prince): nicole@ijdh.org, +011 509 4645-2888 No Justice, No Credibility: Ignoring Legal Obligations to Victims Guarantees Ineffectiveness of MINUJUSTH (BOSTON AND PORT-AU-PRINCE, October 11, 2017)—As the UN closes its Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) after thirteen years and opens a new mission, rights groups warned that the UN must be accountable to victims of MINUSTAH’s human rights abuses if the successor mission is to have credibility. MINUSTAH has engaged in a pattern of abuse and impunity since its arrival in 2004, including causing the worst cholera epidemic of modern times. When it closes on October 15, MINUSTAH will be succeeded by the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), a smaller peacekeeping force with a mission to build […]

Cholera Justice: US Senate Votes to Contribute to the Cholera Fund, Now Let’s Convince the House to Follow Through

IJDH’s work with Congress led the Senate to include $12 million for the UN’s Cholera Trust Fund to assist cholera victims in its Appropriations Bill, this is despite Trump Administration opposition. We now need to convince the House of Representatives to keep that investment in the final Bill. Also, Norway has announced that it will contribute $800,000 and Belgium promised a contribution of $300,000 to the cholera fund. We have a long way to go until the UN’s promises are backed by full funding. But we are forcing continued progress, which could not happened without your continued support for IJDH and BAI advocacy and legal work. Let’s keep the pressure on. Call your representative today, tell him/her to support the Senate Committee authorization of $12 million to fund the UN’s New Approach to Cholera in Haiti to eradicate the disease […]

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