Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Uncertainty over New UN Cholera Plan Results in Donors’ Hesitation

It’s been almost a month since the United Nations announced a new cholera plan that includes a package of “material assistance” for Haiti’s cholera victims. Almost no donors have committed to funding this plan. “Material assistance” sounds like the compensation that victims and advocates have been demanding, but the UN’s avoidance of the word “compensation” has created more uncertainty. The UN also has yet to claim responsibility for causing the epidemic, and time is running out for Ban Ki-moon to remove that stain from his legacy as UN Secretary-General. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Ban Ki-moon’s UN legacy clouded by cholera Samuel Oakford, IRIN November 18, 2016 Nearly a month after UN officials announced the idea of a special $400 million package to deal with cholera in Haiti, almost no donors have agreed to fund […]

UN Accountability Gap Threatens Its Work Worldwide

In missions all over the world, the UN has been seen as more willing to save face with member states than to be accountable to victims of sexual abuse, cholera and other wrongdoing. Not only does this deny justice to victims but it also puts peacekeepers in war zones at risk of retaliation, and it damages the UN’s reputation as a promoter of human rights. This article gives concrete examples of lack of UN accountability (as in Haiti’s cholera epidemic) and explains the importance of closing the “accountability gap.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN peacekeepers in Africa: Culpable and accountable Nanjala Nyabola, The Herald October 20, 2015 AFTER several months of intrigue and seeming inaction, the UN spokesperson finally announced on August 13, that the head of MINUSCA, the UN mission in the […]

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