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13 Members of Congress Demand Cholera Justice and UN Apology

Congresswoman Barbara Lee and twelve other Congresspersons wrote to the United Nations Secretary General and encouraged the US to allocate resources to the UN’s cholera response. The Congresspersons also urged an apology for the UN-caused epidemic, saying that “Each day that passes without a formal apology and remediation efforts further erodes trust in the UN and affiliated peacekeeping missions.” Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full letter. —————- November 18, 2016 His Excellency Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General of the United Nations 760 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017 Dear Mr. Secretary-General, It has been six years since UN peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti, which was already reeling from deadly and devastating January 2010 earthquake. As a direct result of their negligence, nearly 800,000 people have been infected with cholera and upwards of 9,500 people have died.1 In 2014, […]

Bipartisan letter from 57 US Congresspersons Urges President Obama to Halt Haiti Deportations

57 Bipartisan Representatives have signed a letter urging President Obama to postpone Haitian deportations. Preceding Hurricane Matthew, Haiti was already in an unfit state to receive deportees as many in the country were still living in make-shift housing after displacement from the 2010 earthquake. The recent devastation is putting more pressure on the Obama administration to reverse its immigration policy change. For Immediate Release                                               For More Information Contact: October 6, 2016                                                            Joyce Jones, Communications Director 202.225.4506 (office) 202.578.0634 (mobile)   House Democrats and Republicans Urge President Obama to Postpone Haitian Deportations More than 50 Democratic and Republican House lawmakers from 20 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands have joined Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson on a letter to President Obama urging his administration to reconsider a decision to deport undocumented Haitians back to their troubled nation. Since […]

Dear Colleague Letter Urges John Kerry to Demand Justice for Haiti

158 Members of U.S. Congress have endorsed a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry criticizing the support from the U.S. government in supporting UN impunity regarding the cholera outbreak in Haiti. The bipartisan letter sports 12 Republican endorsements and was co-sponsored by Representative Mia Love [R-UT] with John Conyers [D-MI] taking lead. According to the letter, the Obama Administration failed to hold the UN accountable when it unwittingly created a deadly outbreak of cholera by sending Peacekeeping troops into the country after the 2010 earthquake. Click HERE for the original article. Congress Faults Obama for Not Being Tough With UN Over Haiti’s Cholera Crisis Ed Pilkington, The Guardian June 29, 2016 A bipartisan group of 158 members of Congress has accused the Obama administration of a failure of leadership over the cholera scandal in Haiti in which at least 30,000 people […]

158 Members of Congress Ask to Hold U.N. Accountable for Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic

158 outraged members of Congress signed on to a letter sent Mr. John Kerry by Representatives John Conyers, Jr. and Mia Love. The Congressmen and women sent the letter to Mr. Kerry with the hopes of getting him to put pressure on the United Nations, for a response to the Cholera epidemic that has invaded Haiti for the past 6 years. The disease has affected over 800,000 people and has killed roughly 10,000. Research has shown that disease came from the U.N. Peacekeeping mission that was sent to Haiti after the earthquake; however, the U.N. has refused to admit its involvement and has deemed the victims’ lawsuits to be invalid. What makes this letter so powerful is the tremendous bipartisan support. Although mostly supported by Democrats, Republicans have joined the cause to demonstrate that the U.N.’s behavior has been unacceptable. […]

Congress demands US leadership in addressing UN cholera fiasco

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Kermshlise Picard, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, media@ijdh.org; +1-617-652-0876 (Interviews available in English, French & Kreyòl).) Congress demands US leadership in addressing UN cholera fiasco Advocates Welcome Unprecedented Demands For Victim Remedies BOSTON, June 29, 2016 — Today, 158 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the United States to use its leverage with the United Nations to ensure prompt accountability to Haitian victims of cholera. “This letter is a remarkable showing of bipartisanship and consensus that the UN’s stonewalling on cholera accountability—and the U.S. Government’s acquiescence to it—are unacceptable,” said Brian Concannon, Jr., Esq., Director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). The letter, sponsored by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Rep. Mia Love (R-UT), is unprecedented in the […]

Congressional Black Caucus Signers On June 2016 Dear Colleague

June 29, 2016 158 members of the House signed onto a June 2016 Dear Colleague letter to Secretary John Kerry on cholera in Haiti. Virtually every member of the Congressional Black Caucus signed on. The list is below. Red indicates a Republican Representative.    

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