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Mixed Reactions to the UN’s Cholera “Half-Apology”

After sixe years of denial of responsibility for the cholera epidemic UN peacekeepers brought to Haiti in 2010, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized to the Haitian people in three languages. The apology, though welcomed and long-overdue, was later called a “half-apology” by a UN advisor who denounced the UN’s apparent effort to continue dodging legal responsibility. IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon also emphasized that “the use of the phrase “moral responsibility” was the same language that the UN secretary general used during his trip to Haiti in July 2014, and appeared to be calculated to address the concerns of UN lawyers more than those of the people of Haiti.” Along with the apology, Ban detailed a $400 million plan to combat cholera while noting that previous efforts have faced funding issues. UN admits for first time that peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti Ed Pilkington […]

Haiti’s Presidential Election Results Protested

Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Committee, CEP, declared Jovenal Moïse the winner of Haiti’s presidential election, with 600,000 votes. 2nd was Jude Célestin, and third was Moïse Jean-Charles. After hurricane Matthew and lacking funding for elections, voter turnout was especially low. Due to “irregularities,” 10% of the tallying sheets were thrown out, and without explanation three of CEP’s nine members did not sign off on the results. Below is an excerpt of The Guardian‘s report. Haiti: violent protests erupt over presidential election The Guardian/Reuters November 29th, 2016 Moïse, a banana exporter who ran for former president Michel Martelly’s Bald Heads party, won with 55.67% of votes cast in the 20 November election, the electoral council said on Monday. The result avoids a second round run-off next year. … Jude Célestin, a mechanical engineer who had led a government construction firm, came in second. He received […]

UN’s expert calls its handling of cholera ‘a disgrace’

The United Nation’s Human Rights Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Philip Alston, release a report to the UN General Assembly criticizing its decision to follow what he calls “flawed and unfounded” legal advice, preventing them from accepting legal responsibility of the cholera outbreak in 2010. The Guardian’s Ben Quinn explains and analyzes the report in the article below. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN’s own expert calls its actions over Haiti cholera outbreak ‘a disgrace’ Ben Quinn, The Guardian October 25th, 2016   The United Nations’ refusal to accept responsibility for the devastating cholera outbreak that has claimed more than 9,000 lives in Haiti has been branded a “disgrace” by the organisation’s own human rights special rapporteur. Human rights groups working with victims had reacted with jubilation earlier this year following […]

Expectation of fresh cholera outbreak after Hurricane Matthew

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, officials and experts discuss and examine what the short and long term impacts will be. IJDH’s Beatrice Lindstrom discusses the major role cholera will play as time progresses and many are left without adequate treatment. Haiti faces fresh cholera outbreak after Hurricane Matthew, aid agencies fear Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian October 14, 2016   Cholera is surging in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew fouled wells, flooded rivers and latrines and forced survivors to drink contaminated storm water – even in regions that have received some deliveries of emergency aid. Less than two weeks after the earthquake, at least 200 suspected new cases of cholera have been detected in the country, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which is sending 1m cholera vaccines to Haiti at the end of this week. Aid agencies fear that without […]

A Call for the Repayment of Debts to Haiti

Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti last weekend, a country still reeling from the effects of its last natural disaster: the earthquake in 2010.  In this time of need, this editorial calls for long overdue repayments to Haiti from countries that have long affected the prosperity and success in Haiti.   The Guardian view on Haiti: time to repay our debts The Guardian October 11, 2016 Haiti, yet to recover from 2010’s terrible earthquake, is reeling again. This time, Hurricane Matthew has devastated the country, whose acting president, Jocelerme Privert, has warned that famine could soon take hold. The UN has launched an emergency appeal for almost $120m to provide “life-saving assistance and protection” and has warned that 750,000 people need help urgently. The current death toll of many hundreds could spiral: there are fears that flooding and other damage to water supplies could prompt a fresh spike […]

Triple Murder of Deaf Women Spurns Activism

Following the brutal killings, Haitian civil society has come together to demand action. Activists have called for the inclusion of women with disabilities into the national gender equality plan in an attempt to remedy the causes of this event. IJDH Staff Attorney Nicole Phillips is also cited in this article. Click HERE for the original article. Murder of three deaf women in Haiti must be a starting point for change Anna Leach, The Guardian July, 18 2016 On Saturday 11 June government ministers and campaigners attended the funeral of three female street vendors, laid to rest in sturdy white coffins laden with flowers, with more than 2,000 people in attendance. Their brutal murders had shocked a country. Jesula Gelin, a mother of six, Vanessa Previl and Monique Vincent were all deaf and worked in Haiti’s capital. That is itself was notable – they were economically […]

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