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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 […]

CARICOM Responds to UN Secretary-General’s Cholera Apology

On December 1, 2016, the United Nations General Assembly met for a session in which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explained the UN’s new plan to eliminate cholera in Haiti and possibly compensate the victims. During his remarks, Ban also apologized to Haitians for the first time in six years, and admitted that the UN should have done more. Below is the statement from Trinidad and Tobago’s representative, on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). December 1, 2016 Remarks by Trinidad and Tobago on behalf of CARICOM at the Informal Briefing of the General Assembly by the Secretary-General on the United Nations’ New Approach to Cholera in Haiti Mr. President, I take the floor on behalf of the fourteen Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).  CARICOM wishes to thank the Secretary-General for his briefing to the membership on the “New Approach […]

US Ambassador to UN Responds to Ban Ki-moon Cholera Apology

On December 1, 2016 a United Nations General Assembly met to discuss the UN’s new cholera elimination plan for Haiti. At that session, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also apologized to the Haitian people and admitted that the UN hadn’t done enough to stop the epidemic. Below is the response to Ban’s statement from the US Representative, Ambassador Isobel Coleman. Ambassador Isobel Coleman U.S. Representative to the UN for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 1, 2016 AS DELIVERED Thank you so much. As the Secretary-General has movingly noted, cholera has had a devastating effect on the Haitian people since it was introduced in Haiti in 2010. Families have lost loved ones, caregivers, and breadwinners. No community has been untouched. There is a clear humanitarian imperative to respond to the epidemic in a robust […]

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 […]

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