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Cholera Justice Letter to UN High Commissioner

The International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) of the John Marshall Law School has written a report detailing the UN’s violation of Haitian’s rights by not taking responsibility for the cholera epidemic UN peacekeepers caused there. Along with that report, the IHRC is sending a letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urging him to seek redress for cholera’s victims. The IHRC is accepting organizational signatures until December 9, 2014. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN Must Make Amends to Victims of Haiti Cholera Epidemic John Marshall Law School in International Human Rights Clinic December 5, 2014 The United Nations must stop refusing to provide remedies to the victims of Haiti’s destructive cholera epidemic. That plea comes from The John Marshall Law School International Human Rights Clinic, whose leaders say that denying […]

Massachusetts’ State Legislators Urge DHS Secretary Napolitano to Create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (Massachusetts State Legislature and Black and Latino Legislative Caucus Representatives)

This is an eloquent letter to DHS Secretary Napolitano, urging establishment of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program to save lives and help Haiti recover, from Massachusetts State Legislature and Black and Latino Legislative Caucus members Representatives Linda Dorcena Forry, Cheryl Coakley-Rivera, Gloria Fox, Russell Holmes, Benjamin Swan, Marcos Devers, Carlos Henriquez, Jeffrey Sanchez and Sonia Chang-Diaz. The legislators write, “As representatives of the state with the third largest population of Haitians and Haitian Americans, we are deeply concerned about the precarious status of many Haitian children, elders and families as they wait in Haiti to be reunited with their families in the United States. As you know, for many, the conditions in Haiti since the devastating earthquake of 2010 remain unstable and even dangerous. Establishing a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRPP), modeled after the Cuban Family Reunification Parole […]

Massachusetts’ U.S. Senators and Representatives urge DHS Secretary Napolitano to Create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (Massachusetts Senators and Representatives)

The letter is to Secretary Napolitano, urging DHS’s prompt parole into the United States of Haitian beneficiaries of approved family-based visa petitions, to “mirror” the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program and help Haiti recover by generating remittances. The letter is from United States Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown and United States Representatives Michael Capuano, Barney Frank, James McGovern, Edward Markey, John Olver, and Stephen Lynch, all of Massachusetts.  Senator Kerry serves as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.  (His House counterpart, U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, wrote Secretary Napolitano urging this relief on March 8, 2010, joined by seven other leading House members of both parties.) Today’s letter joins Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s September 22, 2011 letter to DHS Secretary Napolitano urging this same relief. These letters join […]

Over 400 Interfaith Religious Leaders Sign Letter Asking for Freedom of Pere Jean-Juste

Over 400 Interfaith Religious Leaders Sign Letter Asking for Freedom of Pere Jean-Juste. As of mid-day September 28, 2005, the following religious leaders of many faiths including Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism joined in the call for the release of Fr. Jean-Juste from prison in Haiti.  These 400 plus leaders come from many local, state, national and international religious and faith-based social justice organizations.  Letters containing these signatures have been delivered today to the US State Department in Washington DC, the Prime Minister of Haiti in Port au Prince and the US Ambassador to Haiti in Port au Prince.These are the religious leaders who are calling for the release of Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste who has been held for over two months in prison in Haiti without charges.  Amnesty International has designated Fr. Jean-Juste as a Prisoner of Conscience and many other […]

Half-Hour for Haiti: Protect the Rights of Human Rights Observers

May 24, 2005 Half Hour For Haiti: Protect the Rights of Human Rights Observers Thank you for everyone who responded to last week�s appeal for UN protection of demonstrations on Flag Day. The UN peacekeepers did, in fact, provide security for the demonstrations, and as a result no one was killed during the protests. Unfortunately, Haitian police fired at people going home after the demonstrations, killing at least one. Yvon Neptune, the subject of the May 3rd alert, is still alive, but still in prison. His condition continues to get worse (updates are available under �Recent News� at This week�s action is to protect human rights observers. The issue has become particularly acute over the last two weeks, because the Haitian government will not let journalists visit Yvon Neptune. This is a continuation of a policy instituted in early […]

Half-Hour for Haiti: Sign the Porto Alegre Declaration on Haiti

Half-Hour for Haiti, April 12, 2005 Thank you to everyone who responded to last week�s action alert. Over 200 individuals and 25 organizations signed the letter, which was presented directly to the UN Security Council on Friday, April 8. We do not yet know the Security Council�s itinerary in Hati, but will let you know next week whether the Mission spoke with women�s groups, grassroots organizations and representatives of victims of political violence as we urged it to. This week we are asking everyone to sign the�Declaration of Porto Alegre, which arose out of a workshop at January�s World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, titled �Haiti, the International Community�s Dictatorship.� Activists from North and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe spent a few sweltering hours at the Forum discussing the human rights situation in Haiti, and what can […]

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