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Parallels Between Flint and Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

This article reveals the similarities between the two water-induced crises in Flint, Michigan and in Haiti. The author underlines the negligence that led to both crises: the dismissal of proof that water was contaminated by government officials in Flint and the lack of screening of its own agents and later the refusal to take responsibility by the UN. The author later raises the question of health and social justice, as she points out that these water crises have mostly affected already vulnerable populations. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Flint and Haiti: A Tale of Two Rivers, a Tale of Two Crimes Victoria Koski-Karell, Truthout February 20, 2015 We made our way down the steep bank to the meandering river, Haiti’s largest: the Artibonite. My friends warned me about the strong currents, and also […]

Why won’t the US speak out about DR deportations?

When the Dominican Republic (DR) government announced that it would begin deporting those who didn’t meet a June 17th deadline, the human rights community and a few US officials expressed their outrage. Though many fear that this could become a humanitarian crisis, international governments have yet to take a stand on the issue. This article presents some ideas on why the US government in particular hasn’t made any statements, such as US funding of the Dominican military. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. US Military Aid Supports Anti-Haitian Deportations in the Dominican Republic Laura Weiss, Truthout June 25, 2015 After the Dominican Republic stripped naturalized citizenship rights from residents with roots in Haiti, hundreds of thousands of its residents became essentially stateless. On June 15, the Dominican Republic gave them two days to produce documentation […]

Misplaced Priorities in Haiti Post-Quake

From the handling of aid in the immediate aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, to the current handling of the cholera epidemic brought by UN peacekeepers, international priorities have often taken precedence over Haitian needs. The housing crisis that remains since the earthquake, failed education reform, and even the current political crisis can all be attributed to this. Haitians continue to stand up and fight for their rights and the respect they deserve. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Black Haitian Lives Matter: Haiti on the Fifth Anniversary of the Earthquake Jesse Hagopian, Truthout January 12, 2015 Why have you come to save me? Why have you come to save me? You, Americans, have saved me Who will save me now? – Popular song during the American occupation of Haiti, 1994. They were the longest 30 […]

How Duvalierism Persists Despite the Dictator’s Death

This article connects Duvalierism with many issues that are ongoing in Haiti, such as the lack of democratic elections and constant interference by foreign powers. It cites our work on prosecuting Duvalier, Fran Quigley’s book How Human Rights Can Build Haiti, and Haiti’s need for sovereignty. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The Tyrant Jean-Claude Duvalier Is Dead, but His Legacy Still Lives in UN-Occupied Haiti Roger Annis, Truthout October 8, 2014 Jean-Claude Duvalier, the tyrant who ruled Haiti from 1971 to 1986, has died in Haiti at the age of 63. His death provides a moment for political reflection by the Haitian people, especially in view of the reality that so much of Duvalier’s harsh political legacy remains alive and well in the island country. A UN Security Council foreign military occupation has entered its 11th year. It […]

Satire on Lack of UN Cholera Accountability

While this satire brings light to an unacceptable situation, it does a great job of highlighting key issues in terms of lack of UN accountability for the cholera epidemic. Nearly four years after bringing cholera to Haiti, the UN has only just formed a high-level committee on cholera, its cholera programs remain grossly underfunded, and the UN still hasn’t taken responsibility for the epidemic. Haiti Cholera Victims Rejoice: We Have a Committee! Johan Schnee, Truthout June 16, 2014 Port-de-Paix, Haiti, June 3, 2014: Cholera victims and their relatives reacted with boundless rejoicing throughout Haiti to last week’s announcement by the United Nations of the First Meeting of the High-Level Committee for the Elimination of Cholera in Haiti. Jocelyne Augustin, 36, paused briefly as she pranced through the streets of Port-de-Paix, a wide smile across her face. Augustin lost her husband and two children to […]

Haiti-DR Relations Seem to be Improving

It seems that relations between Haiti and Dominican Republic are improving. With pressure from the international community, the two countries have held a few talks so far and DR has a naturalization plan for Dominicans of Haitian descent living there. This article also gives a brief overview of what brought Haiti-DR relations to the poor state that they are in today. Troubled Haitian-Dominican Bilateral Relations Await Progress Wilhelmina Agyapong*, Truthout March 9, 2014 Recent events have demonstrated that disputatious bilateral issues between the Dominican Republic (DR) and Haiti may have (finally) taken a positive turn. A second round of talks held between the two governments was launched in Jimani, DR, this past February 3, 2014. These concluded with the decision that the DR’s Congress will commence a naturalization plan on February 27 for all Dominicans of Haitian descent living in […]

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