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Haitian Cholera Victims React to UN Apology

December 1, 2016 Haitian cholera victims watched a live webstream of the United Nations briefing on the new cholera plan, which included a long-awaited apology from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. There was a spontaneous cheer and applause when Ban Ki-Moon apologized during his speech and an extraordinary atmosphere in the room. In reaction to the Secretary-General’s address, victims were clear that words aren’t enough and that concrete action on eradication and compensation is needed, but welcomed and accepted the apology itself. These are unofficial translations: Desir Jean-Clair, Boucan Care: This was a victory for us today. It wasn’t easy. We sent thousands of letters and were in the street to get this victory for them to say today that they were responsible. They said that and we thank them. But it can’t end there. Because today there is still cholera in all the […]

Jamaica Rep Responds to New UN Approach to Haiti Cholera

Remarks by H.E. Courtenay Rattray, Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the UN, at the Informal Briefing by the Secretary-General on the United Nations’ New Approach to Cholera in Haiti 1 December 2016   Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, Thank you for organizing this briefing for Member States to further update us on this situation, which is of great importance to my delegation and region. At the outset, allow me to extend congratulations to the government and people of Haiti on the holding of national elections, and to wish President-elect Moïse success in his tenure. Mr. President, Jamaica commends the Secretary General for the action that will be taken to support the people of Haiti in the wake of the cholera epidemic. Furthermore, we welcome the issuance of his Report outlining the new approach that the Organization will take in addressing the […]

Sen. Markey statement on UN apology for cholera epidemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Giselle Barry (Markey) 202-224-2742   Senator Markey Statement on UN Apology to the Haitian People for Deadly Cholera Epidemic In remarks today, Sec-Gen Ban Ki-moon said the UN is “profoundly sorry” for its role in the Haitian cholera outbreak Washington (December 1, 2016) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, released the following statement today after United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a formal apology to the people of Haiti for the UN’s role in the country’s cholera epidemic, which has been attributed to improper wastewater disposal practices by UN Peacekeepers sent to Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010.  Since that time nearly 800,000 cholera cases and almost 10,000 deaths have been reported in Haiti. As part of the apology, the UN also […]

Philip Alston statement on UN responsibility for cholera in Haiti

In a statement in front of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, Philip Alston, special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, called on the UN to revisit the flawed legal advice it received in 2013 from its Office of Legal Affairs on how to deal with incoming claims of legal responsibility for the cholera outbreak. Alston also calls on UN Member States to back up their words of sympathy for Haiti’s cholera victims by generously donating to a recently-established Trust Fund purposed for materially assisting Haitians and for intensifying efforts to eliminate the disease. His statement even includes a shout out to BAI and IJDH for keeping up the fight for cholera justice! An excerpt from the statement is posted below. Click HERE for the full statement. Cliquez ICI pour la version française (vidéo). Statement by Professor Philip […]

Déclaration de l’expert indépendant du conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies sur Haïti

Mr. Gustavo Gallón, expert indépendant du conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies, a publié une déclaration sur l’état des droits de l’homme en Haïti. Sa déclaration couvre un grand nombre de questions troublantes en Haïti, comme des dommages après l’ouragan Matthew, problèmes de santé mentale, épidémie de choléra et de la responsabilité des Nations Unies, l’état des prisons en Haïti, reparations, l’analphabétisme, et violence contre les personnes LGBTI. CONFÉRENCE DE PRESSE MR. GUSTAVO GALLÓN EXPERT INDÉPENDANT DU CONSEIL DES DROITS DE L’HOMME DES NATIONS UNIES SUR LA SITUATION DES DROITS DE L’HOMME EN HAÏTI Logan Abassi, MINUSTAH Octobre 25, 2016   Port-au-Prince Mesdames et messieurs, Permettez-moi, tout d’abord, de réitérer l’expression de mes sentiments de solidarité avec les victimes de l’ouragan Matthew et avec le peuple Haïtien dans son ensemble qui a été soumis à cette nouvelle catastrophe le […]

Statement and Question on Haiti Cholera from Jamaican Ambassador

UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston, who criticized the UN cholera response as “morally unconscionable, legally indefensible and politically self-defeating,” presented to the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly today. There was time for UN member states to make statements and ask him questions. Below are the statement and question from Jamaican Ambassador Rattray. Intervention by Jamaica in the interactive dialogue between the Third Committee and the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty 25 October 2016 Mr. Vice-Chair, My delegation thanks the special rapporteur for his presentation today. We have read with keen interest his groundbreaking report on the situation surrounding the introduction and outbreak of cholera in Haiti. The report gives us hope. It renews in us a confidence that the calamitous situation in Haiti and the UN’s denial of responsibility has not gone unnoticed. Countless lives were […]

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