Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

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 […]

Action Alert: Tell Congress to Support Senate’s $12M to Assist Cholera Victims in Haiti

Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $12 million for the United Nations’ trust fund to assist cholera victims. Though the Trump Administration opposes the funding, it will be delivered if we convince the House of Representatives to keep it in the final Appropriations Bill. There’s no better time to tell your Representative in Washington that HE/SHE should care about Haiti. Call your Rep today, tell HIM/HER to support the Senate Appropriations Committee $12 million to fund the U.N.’s  New Approach to Cholera in Haiti to prevent more Haitians dying from the disease. Let’s make justice happen, one phone call at a time.   Its easy! Here’s how: 1. Call your Rep’s line, or the switchboard (202) 224-3121, with your Rep’s name or your zip code. 2. Leave a voicemail message. Start with your name and city/state, so they know you […]

Fr Raphaël B. Desras: ‘All Cholera Victims Should Get Justice and Reparations’

Saut d’Eau, Haiti: Fr. Raphaël Desras praises the legal work and advocacy of Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and its international partners who have been fighting for justice and reparations for the UN-cholera victims in Haiti. He also called on the Haitian Governmen. to support BAI’s work. Fr. Desras denounced the United Nations for not doing more to eradicate cholera and compensate the victims. Watch the video below: Below is the English version of Fr. Desras’ statement: To the Haitian Government: Please accompany the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, and all of the organizations that are fighting for cholera victims to get justice and reparations. If the Haitian government cannot stand with the victims of cholera to get reparations, we will consider our elected officials as irresponsible leaders. Each of us here has a family member who was a victim. The United Nations said they came […]

An Evaluation of the Causes and Results of U.N. Peacekeeper Actions

This four part series details the history of sexual assault by UN peacekeepers and what has been done to combat it. The UN peacekeeping mission began in 1948, right after WWII. In order to protect the soldiers who were deployed, the U.N provided its soldiers with impunity (all cases against peacekeepers had to be brought in the parent country, in order to protect the soldiers from fraudulent charges.)However, this protection has been the cause of many grievances for the women and children of these nations—victims of sexual assault are unable to take their assailants to court. Between 2004 and 2016, the UN received almost 2000 reports of sexual assault perpetrated by peacekeepers. In predominately black nations with a low socioeconomic status, the rate of sexual violence is much more  significant and leads researchers to believe that the idea of racial […]

Peacekeeping Comes With a Price: The Legacy of U.N. Cholera on Haiti’s Public Health

 After 13 controversial years in Haiti, the United Nations  will withdraw its troops. However, the U.N. Peacekeepers (MINUSTAH) will leave a significant public health burden on the backs of Haitian people. The UN plans to replace MINUSTAH with a smaller mission, “the Mission for Justice Support in Haiti” or “MINUJUSTH” mandating to strengthen the rule of law in the country.Given the current state of the MINUSTAH’s legacy, “MINUJUSTH”‘s legitimacy could be undermined and in question.  learn more about the U.N. ‘s promise to Haiti Here Download PDF version this article HERE The Price of Peace? Peacekeeping with Impunity Harms Public Health in Haiti by Louise C. Ivers and Yodeline Guillaume, The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, August, 2017 Division of Global Health Equity, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts; Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, […]

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