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Victims & Advocates Commend Announcement of New UN Haiti Cholera Response

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) : sienna@ijdh.org, +509-4875-3444   Victims & Advocates Commend Announcement of New UN Haiti Cholera Response Secretary-General Issues Historic Apology to Victims (NEW YORK, PORT-AU-PRINCE, December 1, 2016)–Advocates for cholera victims in Haiti welcome the announcement of a new UN response that promises to reduce cholera in Haiti and provide material assistance to the most affected victims.  The plan pledges to place victims at its center and to involve them in the developments of the details of the plan. The Secretary-General also apologized to Haitian victims, saying that the UN “simply did not do enough with regard to the cholera outbreak and its spread in Haiti” and “we are profoundly sorry for our role.” The advocates called the Secretary-General’s […]

Press release: Congresswoman Wilson on resumption of deportation flights to Haiti

For Immediate Release                                               For More Information Contact: November 10, 2016                                                       Joyce Jones, Communications Director 202.225.4506 (office) 202.578.0634 (mobile)   Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson Responds to the Resumption of Deportation Flights to Haiti   Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson today released the following statement in response to the resumption of deportation flights to Haiti: “It is very disheartening to learn that the Department of Homeland Security has resumed deportation flights to Haiti. Last month, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson wisely put a hold on these flights to give the battered nation time to begin its recovery from the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. “I visited Haiti on October 29 and can unequivocally say that little has changed in the five weeks since the Category 4 storm hit an already vulnerable nation. More than a million people are in […]

L’Expert indépendant de l’ONU présente ses conclusions au terme de sa mission en Haïti (FR, ENG)

  English version, see below La version anglaise se trouve ci-dessous L’Expert indépendant de l’ONU présente ses conclusions au terme de sa mission en Haïti PORT-AU-PRINCE (26 octobre  2016) – L’Expert indépendant des Nations Unies sur la situation des droits de l’homme en Haïti, M Gustavo Gallón, a terminé sa sixième visite officielle en Haïti pour évaluer la situation des droits humains dans le contexte politique actuel. L’expert indépendant a commencé réitérant sa solidarité avec les victimes de l’ouragan Matthew et avec le peuple Haïtien.  «L’affectation des droits des personnes en Haïti à cause des catastrophes naturelles est l’un des cinq aspects prioritaires que j’ai indiqués dans mes rapports précédents. C’est ainsi que je me suis rendu à Jérémie, dans le département de la Grand’Anse, où j’ai visité le Lycée Nord Alexis, qui abrite 525 familles victimes du cyclone. Leur […]

UN Special Rapporteur Demands Just Response to Cholera Victims

In an August 2016 report to the United Nations General Assembly, Special Rapporteur Philip Alston criticized the UN’s response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti as “morally unconscionable, legally indefensible and politically self-defeating. It is also entirely unnecessary.” When the UN later announced that it would soon release a new plan for eliminating cholera from Haiti, Alston wrote a letter to follow up, commending the UN for the new approach but also suggesting ways to make sure it was truly just. The Deputy Secretary-General wrote back the following week with further details on the new plan, including “a package of material assistance and support to Haitians most directly affected by cholera.” Parts of both letters are included below. Special Rapporteur Alston also spoke at the United Nations General Assembly regarding cholera on October 25. He again emphasized the importance of a just response. […]

UN human rights expert: “UN lawyers undermine a just solution for the victims of cholera in Haiti”

UN human rights expert: “UN lawyers undermine a just solution for the victims of cholera in Haiti” NEW YORK (25 October 2016) – United Nations human rights expert Philip Alston claimed today that flawed and unfounded legal advice provided by the UN lawyers is preventing the Organization from accepting responsibility for the cholera outbreak that UN peacekeepers caused in Haiti in 2010. “The UN’s explicit and unqualified denial of anything other than a moral responsibility is a disgrace,” Alston said today. “If the United Nations bluntly refuses to hold itself accountable for human rights violations, it makes a mockery of its efforts to hold Governments and others to account,” he noted. Cholera was brought to Haiti for the first time in the country’s history by UN peacekeepers exactly six years ago. Almost 10,000 people have died as a result and […]

Sen. Markey: UN Response to Matthew in Haiti “Grossly Inadequate”

Senator Markey (D-MA) makes a statement regarding UN aid to Haiti following Hurricane Matthew.  He states that the UN’s actions thus far are “grossly inadequate” and calls for increased leadership by the UN in response to the destruction of Hurricane Matthew. PRESS RELEASE: Senator Markey Criticizes United Nations Response to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti Senator Ed Markey October 18, 2016 Washington (October 18, 2016) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, today called the United Nations (UN) effort to remedy the humanitarian crisis in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew grossly inadequate. Approximately 546 people have been killed as a result of the deadly storm, 438 injured, and 128 are missing. At least 2.1 million people in Haiti have been affected by Hurricane Matthew’s damage, with more than 1.4 million in […]

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