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Le discours de Ban Ki-moon sur le cholera, violences sexuelles

Ceci est une partie du transcription du discours de Ban Ki-moon, à l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies le 20 septembre 2016. Pendant le discours, il exprime le regret au sujet de choléra, que l’Onu a introduit en Haïti en 2010. Il exprime aussi le regret au sujet de violences sexuelles commis par les Casques Bleus. This is part of the transcript of the speech Ban Ki-moon made at the UN General Assembly September 20, 2016. During the speech, he expressed his regret regarding cholera, which the UN brought to Haiti in 2010. He also expresses his regret regarding sexual violence committed by peacekeepers. The English translation of the cholera portion is below the French. ———— 20 septembre 2016 Je saisis cette occasion pour exprimer mes regrets au sujet de deux situations qui ont terni la réputation de l’Organisation et, pire encore, traumatisé les […]

Unofficial Transcript from Oral Argument in Georges v. United Nations (3/1/2016)

Unofficial Transcript produced by the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti based on official audio recording. Official Recording of Oral Argument in Georges v. United Nations: For additional information on the circumstances prior to the hearing, visit: For NY Times article on the hearing: For further inquiries, email: Unofficial Transcript from Oral Argument in Georges v. United Nations, 15- 455, before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, March 1, 2016 Appearing Attorneys •Beatrice Lindstrom, Esq., Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, representing Plaintiffs-Appellants •Ellen Blain, Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of New York, representing United States Government as amicus curiae. Before Hon. José A. Cabranes, presiding; Hon. Gerard E. Lynch; Hon. Barrington D. Parker J. Cabranes: Good Afternoon. The Clerk has reported that everyone has signed in who should be signing […]

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 […]

Haiti in crisis after “voluntary deportations” begin

Although official deportations of Haitians from the Dominican Republic have yet to begin, more than 14,000 have crossed the border in “voluntary deportations,” according to Haiti president Michel Martelly. With more deportations to follow in August, Haiti is already near its limit of those who can enter the country without presenting major problems. Part of this segment is below. Click HERE for the full text. Dominican Deportations Reach Crisis Levels, Haitian President Says Peter Granitz, NPR June 29, 2015 ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: Now a look at where things stand between the governments of Haiti and its neighbor, the Dominican Republic. The DR gave Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent a deadline earlier this month to prove their citizenship or be deported. Haiti says it’s already reached its limit. As Peter Granitz reports from Port-au-Prince, the diplomatic impasse has left many in Haiti […]

Transcript of Cholera Litigation Oral Arguments

October 23, 2014 Part of the transcript is below. Click HERE for the full text. Good morning, everyone, and welcome. We are here for oral argument on the pending motions in this case. As you know, the complaint in the case was filed in October 2013, just a little over a year ago. Plaintiffs allege that the United Nations and entities affiliated with the United Nations caused a cholera epidemic, beginning in October of 2010, in Haiti, and they bring claims for negligence and related claims against the United Nations and associated entities and individuals of the United Nations. They have sought to serve those entities, the defendants. The United Nations defendants have resisted service, and we are here for oral argument really on just the issue of whether this Court should deem service to have been made and the related […]

Duvalier Death “Sad for Haitians” Denied Justice

This interview with writer Jean Saint-Vil and journalist Amy Wilentz, author of “The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier” features victims’ responses to the death of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier and information on Duvalier’s repressive regime. The interview also discusses the current Haitian government’s support of Duvalier and President Michel Martelly’s reaction to his death, seen as a “slap in the face” of Duvalier’s victims. Human rights defenders hope to continue the Duvalier prosecution, against those who helped carry out his regime’s crimes. Part of the transcript is below. Click HERE for the full text and video. Death of U.S.-Backed Ex-Dictator “Baby Doc” Duvalier Won’t End Haitian Victims’ Quest for Justice Democracy Now! October 6, 2014 The former U.S.-backed dictator of Haiti, Jean-Claude Duvalier, known as “Baby Doc,” has died at 63. Duvalier ruled Haiti from 1971 to 1986, taking power after the death […]

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