Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

IJDH’s Advocacy for Cholera Justice Featured in The Nation

This article provides an interesting analysis of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s tenure including his successes and failures and the challenges he faced in making changes within the United Nations. On the “failure” side, the author highlights AIDS-Free World’s campaign for justice for sexual abuse by peacekeepers (particularly in the Central African Republic) and IJDH’s fight for justice for the cholera epidemic peacekeepers brought to Haiti in 2010. One thing Ban highlights as a goal before his term ends is establishing concrete environmental policies. Will he also address cholera and sexual abuse before the next Secretary-General steps in? Ban Ki-moon Reflects on the Successes and Frustrations of His 10 Years as UN Secretary General In his decade in office, Ban never overcame his aloof image. But in many ways he modernized the United Nations, and pushed it to confront its deepest challenges. […]

Will UN restore its tarnished reputation through cholera accountability?

Ever since United Nations peacekeepers caused a devastating cholera epidemic in Haiti in 2010, the organization has behaved as if accountability for its actions would be a liability. In the meantime, considerable damage was done to the UN’s reputation, as an organization purported to stand for human rights completely disregarded the human rights of Haitians affected by the epidemic. The lack of funding for the UN’s cholera elimination plan did not help the situation either. Now that the UN has finally admitted responsibility for the epidemic, will accountability come next? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. It’s Time for the UN to Compensate Haitians for Its Cholera Disaster Accountability should be seen as a strength, not a liability, at an organization committed to human rights. Muneer Ahmad and Alice M. Miller, The Nation August 23, […]

Does the U.S. really support “elections that reflect the will of the Haitian people”?

As Haiti’s current political crisis began to unfold, the United States continually tried to force fraudulent elections to continue despite broad popular disapproval. Now that the elections have been postponed in hopes of a more legitimate strategy, the State Department “reaffirms its support for credible, transparent, and secure elections that reflect the will of the Haitian people.” But has the State Department ever supported the will of the Haitian people? This article outlines U.S. intervention in Haiti over the past century, in ways that certainly did not support the Haitian people. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Sure, Washington Has Always Supported Democracy in Haiti Greg Grandin, The Nation January 26, 2016 “As in the past, the United States is taking great interest in how elections in Haiti are unfolding,” a State Department spokesperson announced a […]

Deportations from the Dominican Republic Set to Begin Soon

Between 100,000-500,000, and perhaps more, Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent are at imminent risk of deportation from the Dominican Republic. In September 2013, the Dominican government determined that children born to undocumented parents lacked formal Dominican citizenship, disproportionately affecting the large Haitian migrant population and their offspring. Since then, a moratorium has delayed deportations, but its impending expiration in the next few days would render hundreds of thousands of individuals stateless. Click HERE for the full article. We Regret to Inform You That in 4 Days You and Your Family Will Be Deported to Haiti Greg Grandin, The Nation June 12, 2015 Last week, I wrote that the Dominican Republic has summarily stripped over a hundred thousand Dominicans born in the DR of Haitian parents of their citizenship and is threatening to deport them to Haiti. And though […]

Hillary Clinton Should Denounce Negative Impact of Haiti Mining

Hillary Clinton recently came under fire for her brother’s involvement with mining contracts in Haiti, because of her position as Secretary of State and the influence of the Clinton Foundation. This article advises her to focus on the devastating environmental impacts mining would have in Haiti, a country whose environment is already very unstable. It focuses particularly on the negative effect of mining on clean water, which Haiti struggled with even before UN peacekeepers brought cholera to the island. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Advice for Hillary Clinton on Her Brother’s Bad Judgment John Cavanagh, The Nation March 25, 2015 The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Hillary Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, is on the advisory board of a company that is trying to mine gold in Haiti. No one should be judged based on […]

In Reconstructing Haiti, USAID Focuses on American Interests

Instead of focusing on the needs of the people it’s supposed to help, USAID’s projects in Haiti after the earthquake have focused on furthering American interests. USAID has used American contractors, which costs a lot more than using Haitians, and has only built a fraction of the houses initially proposed. Attempts to find out where all the money has gone lead into an impenetrable black box, which USAID claims is necessary to prevent demonstrations. As long as aid is disbursed in this way, Haiti will continue to struggle with rebuilding. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Is USAID Helping Haiti to Recover, or US Contractors to Make Millions? The international community pledged enough aid to give every Haitian a check for $1,000. The money went elsewhere. Jake Johnston, The Nation January 21, 2015 The corrugated […]

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