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Rapport du OEA sur les élections après l’ouragan Mathieu

L’Organisation des Etats Americains a publié un rapport sur l’état des élections après l’ouragan Mathieu a frappé Haïti. Plusieurs centres de vote ont été affectées, et les élections ont été reprogrammée du 9 Octobre à 20 Novembre 2016. Part of the report is below. Click HERE for the full text. L’ouragan Mathieu et ses répercussions sur l’organisation électorale Organisation des Etats Americains 11 octobre 2016 État des lieux Le 5 octobre 2016, le président du  CEP, Monsieur Leopold Berlanger, annonçait la suspension du scrutin présidentiel et législatif prévu 4 jours plus tard. Selon le haut représentant, l’ouragan Mathieu, qui a traversé la pointe ouest d’Haiti dans la première semaine d’octobre, généra une « une nouvelle donne ». Le report de l’élection (et du calendrier électoral) devint sans doute inévitable alors que plus de 1,3 million d’Haïtiens étaient affectés par la pluie, les vents, les inondations et les dommages de toute sorte. Dans les […]

New Report: Biased international observers failed Haiti in 2015, neutrality and independence essential for upcoming October elections [Eng+Fr]

       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact:             Nicole Phillips, Esq., National Lawyers Guild Haiti Committee,, +001 510 715 2855 (in U.S., speaks English and French)   New Report: Biased international observers failed Haiti in 2015, neutrality and independence essential for upcoming October elections (NEW YORK, September 19, 2016) – As Haiti prepares for presidential and legislative elections on October 9, 2016, a new report by voting rights advocates charges that international observation efforts in previous rounds were a “monumental failure.” Despite clear evidence of fraud, violence and other irregularities during the August 9 and October 25, 2015 elections, international observers hailed the two rounds of voting as a successful exercise of democracy, the report shows. “The failure to uphold international standards for free and fair elections raises serious questions about the objectivity and independence of international observers,” said […]

As Cholera Surges, Cholera Elimination Funding Decreases

Though the cholera brought to Haiti by UN peacekeepers continues to kill, there are fewer and fewer cholera treatment centers and funding to fight cholera is running out. Right after the epidemic began in 2010, there was a lot of funding but the UN has struggled for years to fund its cholera elimination plan. Now, a UN spokesman has promised a new approach and “material assistance and support” for Haiti’s cholera victims. IJDH’s Beatrice Lindstrom says “If the U.N. does present a robust response that responds to victims’ rights, it would make further litigation unnecessary.” Cholera blamed on U.N. peacekeepers surges in Haiti as funding vanishes Makini Brice, Reuters September 9, 2016 U.N.-led foreign funding has dried up for Haiti’s fight against cholera, thought to have been introduced by Nepali peacekeepers, triggering a surge of deaths this year even as the global […]

New Report Reveals Abysmal Sanitation Practices on UN Bases in Haiti

A recently-released report shows that sanitation and water purification practices on MINUSTAH bases in Haiti were even worse than previous reports have indicated, including years of dumping sewage into Haiti’s canals even after the cholera epidemic had begun. This calls into question the credibility of UN efforts to improve Haiti’s water and sanitation systems, especially as these practices continued even after the UN launched its cholera elimination plan. At least 9,300 Haitians have died of cholera and 780,000 have been infected. —— Amid Haiti cholera epidemic, UN peacekeepers spill sewage and ignore water treatment, says internal report George Russell, Fox News August 11, 2016 While the United Nations touted its efforts in Haiti aimed at ending the world’s worst modern cholera epidemic — a calamity many experts assert the U.N. itself caused — U.N. peacekeepers were blatantly violating their own sanitary rules for containing the […]

Red Cross used donations meant for Haiti on own expenses

A recent report released by the office of Iowa senator Chuck Grassley found that the American Red Cross used approximately one quarter of the donations it received to aide Haiti (about $125 million) to cover its own internal expenses. The report also found that the charity impeded government efforts to obtain information on the Red Cross program in Haiti, and understaffed and underfunded its own internal investigation unit, which is responsible for looking into incidences of misconduct and abuse within the organization. Red Cross mismanaged money meant for earthquake relief in Haiti RT America 6/21/2016   Click HERE for the original video.

REDRESS Report: How the UN Should Address Cholera

REDRESS has recently published a report the provides concrete options for responding to the cholera outbreak in Haiti. The organization is an international human rights non-profit that seeks to obtain justice for victims of harm and suffering. This report provides several channels to combat the outbreak including compensation of losses, victim rehabilitation, environmental remediation to eliminate the disease, acknowledgement of wrongdoing, and guarantees of non-repetition. Click HERE for the full report. — Responding to the Introduction of Cholera to Haiti: Policy Options REDRESS June 21st, 2016 I. Introduction The purpose of this paper is to provide concrete options for responses to the introduction of cholera to Haiti, which reflect international law and standards on reparations applicable to the current context. The paper seeks to draw attention to comparative case studies and best practice approaches that may be helpful to those engaged in finding appropriate […]

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