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Update on Cholera, Hurricane Matthew and Elections from Brian Concannon

This comprehensive interview with IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon covers cholera, Hurricane Matthew and elections in Haiti. Last week, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon finally apologized for the cholera epidemic. Concannon calls this “a very good step in the right direction.” Next, the UN has to make sure that funders really do step up and make the cholera plan happen. Haiti is also still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The government is doing more than it did after the 2010 earthquake and the UN put out a Flash Appeal for funding but not enough has come in. After two months, there’s a major risk of famine and people are still in tents. Though a new president for Haiti has finally been named, many issues remain and the results are being contested by other candidates, and people protesting in […]

UN Waste Dumping in Haiti and US Support of Impunity

A leaked UN report shows that a month after the cholera epidemic erupted in Haiti, the UN was told about unsanitary practices across its bases: Over 10% of bases were dumping sewage into the local environment and 70% were dumping gray water (shower and kitchen water) that could also cause infections. Despite this strong evidence that peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti, the UN continued denying it and to this day, has never formally acknowledged its culpability. Our case against the UN for failing to provide the cholera victims access to justice is currently in the appeals process, with US government attorneys arguing the UN’s case in court. As the largest contributor to the UN, the US government could do so much to push the UN on justice and accountability. Instead, it is supporting UN impunity. Part of the transcript is below. […]

Why is the U.S. in such a rush to end Haiti’s elections?

Before Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council gave in to widespread demands to postpone the final round of elections, president Martelly and the United States were pushing hard to hold them no matter what. Did that have anything to do with the fact that Hillary Clinton, who’s currently campaigning for U.S. president, played a major role in putting Michel Martelly in power? Now that it’s clear that Haitians won’t stand for illegitimate elections, even Haiti’s business sector has distanced itself from Martelly, though its interests generally coincide with his. Martelly hopes to keep power long enough to hand it over to his successor but the Constitution has other rules for the situation. After Haiti Elections Postponed, Is the U.S. Rushing to Protect Clinton? The Real News Network January 26, 2016 Click HERE for the original post and transcript.

Observers declare Haitian elections “good enough” despite widespread issues

Despite the widespread issues of violence, low voter turnout, and the unhappiness of many Haitians with the recent elections, international observers, including those of the OAS, have declared that the elections were sufficient and that no large problems were posed. However, based on the voting experiences of many Haitians and other observers, the elections were not simply “good enough.” Part of the transcript is below. Click HERE for the full text and video. Despite Violence, Low Voter Turnout, Int’l Community Calls Haitian Elections Good Enough Jessica Desvarieux, Jake Johnston, and Francois Pierre-Louis, The Real News Network August 11, 2015 JESSICA DESVARIEUX, PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome to the Real News Network. I’m Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore. On Sunday, Haitians voted for the first time in four years in legislative elections. So think of this as the equivalent of U.S. Congressional elections. But Haiti’s parliament has not […]

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