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Real UN Cholera Accountability and Ban Ki-moon’s Legacy

For years, the United Nations has hidden behind immunity to dodge accountability for bringing cholera to Haiti. After Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti and exacerbated the cholera problem, WHO/PAHO approved a request from the Haitian Ministry of Health for 1 million doses of cholera vaccine. Meanwhile, the UN continues to struggle to raise funds for its planned package of “material assistance and support” for the cholera victims. The UN and its Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon also have yet to apologize for causing the loss of so many lives and livelihoods through the epidemic. Will Ban finally do so in his last two months as Secretary-General or leave the cholera mess for the next Secretary-General, António Guterres, to clean up? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The UN in Haiti: an adulterated vision of accountability Editorial, The Lancet Global Health […]

The Lancet Journal Calls for UN Accountability

The Lancet Medical Journal published and open letter to Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, asking him to take accountability for the Haiti cholera epidemic. The letter cites more than 30,000 Haitians dead and 2 million affected by the outbreak, with no signs of improvement in the past 6 years. Despite over 2,000 letters sent to the United Nations from Haitians struggling with this disease, the UN has continued to claim immunity. The Lancet concludes by urging Ban to “make this a final act in your celebrated career as Secretary General”. Click HERE for the full letter. — Dear Mr Ban Ki-moon Joe Raedle The Lancet June 10th, 2016 We have greatly admired your leadership as Secretary-General of the UN. Over your 10 years heading the world’s most important international organisation, you have played an exemplary part in strengthening the global health agenda—championing awareness of […]

Time for Lula to Stop Doing Bush’s Dirty Work in Haiti

“They Came Here to Terrorize the Population” Time for Lula to Stop Doing Bush’s Dirty Work in Haiti By BEN TERRALL When Brazilian President Luiz In�cio Lula da Silva, better known as “Lula”, visits Washington on March 31, he will likely spend most of his time with President Bush discussing ethanol, a relatively safe subject for the two leaders. Earlier this month, Brazil and the United States, the world’s two top ethanol producers, announced the creation of an international forum to help turn biofuels into a globally traded commodity. Brazil, unlike the U.S., has spent thirty years developing its ethanol technology, and is producing a surplus of a sugar-based version of that fuel. Lula has been criticized for following the Bush Administration on foreign trade policy, but he may be in even more hot water for following Bush on a […]

Author of study on Haiti cleared of bias by journal

By Marina Jimenez, Friday’s Globe and Mail  Feb 9, 2007 The Lancet, a prestigious British medical journal, has cleared the author of a study on Haiti of systemic bias, and reaffirmed the findings of her report. Athena Kolbe’s report concluded that widespread human-rights violations in Haiti have occurred, despite the presence of a Canadian-led United Nations police force and Brazilian-led peacekeeping mission. The Lancet investigation was launched after a British-based Haiti Support Group complained she wasn’t objective. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, noted that Ms. Kolbe had an “undeclared conflict of interest” for failing to disclose to its readers that she had worked as a volunteer in 1995 at an orphanage founded by former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and as a journalist under the name of Lyn Duff. However, Mr. Horton said there was no evidence of bias in the […]

Lancet Confirms Haiti Mortality Study Findings

2007 Elsevier Ltd All Rights Reserved The Lancet Get text with graphics February 3, 2007 – February 9, 2007 SECTION: Pg. 355 Vol. 369 No. 9559 ISSN: 0140-6736 LENGTH: 494 words HEADLINE: Clarification: Human rights abuse and other criminal violations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti BYLINE: Richard Horton a; William Summerskill a BODY: Human rights abuse and other criminal violations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti: a random survey of households was published online on Aug 31, 2006, and in print on Sept 2, 2006.1 Within days, The Lancet was informed that co-author Athena Kolbe had previously written about Haiti as a journalist under the name of Lyn Duff. Because Kolbe had worked as a volunteer at an orphanage in Haiti founded by President Aristide and had written sympathetically about Aristide after he was deposed,2 concerns were expressed about the paper’s findings. In response to […]

The Lancet Controversy

Haiti Human Rights Abuses, Discussion of the Lancet Study with Dr. Royce Hutson and Athena Kolbe, introductions by Maria and Pierre Labossiere [stream flv=x:/video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7632132262916046703 embed=false share=false width=400 height=224 dock=true controlbar=over bandwidth=med autostart=false /]

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