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New UN Approach to Cholera in Haiti

The United Nations has issued a General Assembly resolution on its new approach to fighting the cholera epidemic in Haiti. December 12, 2016 Argentina, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Dominican Republic, France, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Ireland, Jamaica, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Spain, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America, Uruguay and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of): draft resolution The new United Nations approach to cholera in Haiti The General Assembly, Recalling its resolutions 65/135 and 65/136 of 15 December 2010, Expressing concern at the recurrent outbreaks of cholera in Haiti, which have affected nearly 800,000 people and caused over 9,000 deaths to date, Deeply concerned that there has been an increase in the number of persons affected by cases of cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases as a result of Hurricane […]

City of Miramar Stands Against Mass Deportations from DR

The City of Miramir in Florida, which has a large population of Haitians, just passed a resolution condemning mass deportations in the Dominican Republic. Most of the people at risk of deportation are of Haitian descent, making this a key issue for both the Dominican and Haitian communities. The issues of mass deportation and statelessness are also important for anyone who stands against violations of the human rights to citizenship and due process. Click HERE for the pdf. Friday, August 21, 2015 Edna LaRoche, Executive Asst. to the Mayor (954) 602-3198 (o); (954) 541-7562 (c) CITY OF MIRAMAR COMMISSION PASSES RESOLUTION SUPPORTING HAITIANS IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…City of Miramar, FL – Mayor Wayne Messam initiated a Resolution at Wednesday’s Commission meeting condemning the mass deportation of Haitians in the Dominican Republic. The Commission voted unanimously in support. […]

City of North Miami Resolution on DR

August 4, 2015 The City of North Miami Beach, FL has passed a resolution on the crisis in the Dominican Republic. The resolution includes the following, among other clauses: “Section 3. Urges the United States, and in particular the President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, to use any and all appropriate means to encourage the Dominican Republic to restore the rights of Dominicans wrongfully stripped of their citizenship, resolve the temporarily delayed mass deportation of Haitians, and develop a plan to genuinely address the plight of Haitians in the Dominican Republic, rather than create unworkable regularization schemes that effectively deny equal protection to Dominicans of Haitian descent. ” Click HERE for the full text.

NY Assembly Takes Stand on DR Statelessness Problem

The situation for Dominicans of Haitian descent really came to international attention when a DR Constitutional Court passed a law that left hundreds of thousands stateless. Since then, DR has created a plan for nationalization but the majority of stateless people were still left out. At the urging of a few New York State Assembly members and many human rights advocates, the Assembly has adopted a resolution that condemns DR’s treatment of Dominicans of Haitian descent. Hopefully this is a step towards ending these human rights violations. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. NYS Assembly Passes Resolution Condemning DR Ruling The Haitian Times May 6, 2015 The New York State Assembly adopted a resolution condemning the denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian descent, Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte announced on Tuesday. The bill states that New […]

IADL Passes Resolution on Labor Rights in Haiti

The International Association of Democratic Lawyers passed this resolution, below, at its 18th Congress in Brussels. International Association of Democratic Lawyers calls for the protection of union activists in Haiti April 17, 2014 IADL is concerned about increasing persecution against union activists, wage suppression and worker exploitation in Haiti’s public sector and apparel industry four years after the January 12, 2010 earthquake. The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), a non-governmental organization with consultative status to the Council on Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations (ECOSOC), was established to support and uphold the international law, and to protect the rights of nations to development, economic equality and access to scientific achievements as well as natural resources. IADL is alarmed by increasing persecution against union activists, wage suppression and worker exploitation in Haiti’s public sector and apparel industry. As […]

Urging the President to Immediately Instruct the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to Initiate a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

WHEREAS, on June 14, 2012, the U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously adopted Resolution No. 43 “Urging parole for all Haitian beneficiaries of approved immigrant visa petitions and expedited consideration and approval of all pending immigrant visa petitions;” and WHEREAS, the Obama Administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has not yet implemented a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (FRPP) to expeditiously parole into the United States all or some of the most vulnerable and/or deserving of the now 112,000 Haitian beneficiaries of DHS-approved immigrant visa petitions; and WHEREAS, the facts otherwise stated in Resolution No. 43 remain accurate and the need for action is more urgent than ever given still-dire conditions in Haiti; and WHEREAS, all of the 112,000 approved Haitian beneficiaries, by definition are “legal,” will eventually join their families in the United States, but unconscionably remain on a waiting […]

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