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UN Envoy Stresses Importance of Cholera Elimination Funds

The United Nations and the Haitian government continue to struggle to raise funds for water, sanitation, and other initiatives to end the cholera epidemic in Haiti. Pedro Medrano Rojas, the Senior UN Coordinator for the Cholera Response in Haiti, stresses the importance of a sustained response to the epidemic. Despite many re-launches and re-branding of cholera elimination initiatives, they simply aren’t catching donors’ attention. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. ‘Haiti cannot wait 40 years’ to eliminate cholera, warns UN envoy as response lags UN News Centre November 13, 2014 13 November 2014 – The top United Nations coordinator for cholera response in Haiti says support for initiatives to combat the disease has been “disappointing,” noting that while it may be possible to eliminate cholera in about a decade, at the current rate of funding, […]

UN Urges Continued Investigation of Duvalier Crimes

Many feared that with former dictator Duvalier’s death, victims of his regime would never find justice and closure. The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reminds us that Duvalier didn’t commit crimes alone. His accomplices can and should still be prosecuted and held accountable for their actions. Haiti: despite death of former President, UN urges continued probes into alleged abuses UN News Centre October 7, 2014 It is “essential” that legal proceedings and investigations against individuals associated with former Haitian President Jean-Claude Duvalier continue despite the former leader’s recent passing, the United Nations human rights office urged today. Serious human rights violations, including torture, rape, and extrajudicial killings, dating to the period spanning 1971 to 1986 – the years when Mr. Duvalier, also known as “Baby Doc,” was in power – have been extensively documented by […]

Human Rights Experts Demand Citizenship for Unregistered Dominicans

A few steps have been taken to rectify the situation caused by the September 2013 ruling that stripped thousands of Dominicans of their citizenship. While headed in the right direction, the Dominican government has yet to take the final step to ensure that nobody is left out and fight discrimination–citizenship for those born in the country but not registered at birth. UN Experts urge Dominican Republic to restore citizenship to those not registered at birth UN News Centre June 20, 2014 A group of United Nations human rights experts on the African diaspora today called on the Government of the Dominican Republic to adopt the necessary legal measures to restore Dominican citizenship for all those born in the country, but not registered at birth. The Working Group of Experts of People of African Descent comes after the May adoption of […]

UN Begins Campaign to End Open Defecation

The United Nations has started a campaign to end “open defecation” around the world by improving basic sanitation infrastructure. At the campaign launch, a UN Deputy Secretary General discussed health problems linked to open defecation and the fact that proper sanitation is a human right. The UN has made no mention of their own version of open defecation, which caused a devastating cholera epidemic in Haiti starting in 2010. With help from Sesame Street, UN urges partners to break silence on open defecation UN News Centre May 28, 2014 It is time to talk about open defecation, the United Nations declared today, launching a new campaign to end the practice and improve access to toilets and latrines for the 2.5 billion people worldwide without basic sanitation. “I am here to talk about something the world chooses not to talk about,” […]

UN Human Rights Expert Lauds Duvalier Ruling

The UN Independent Expert on human rights in Haiti, Gustavo Gallon, applauded the recent ruling reinstating political violence charges against Duvalier, as well as the victims and the lawyers for their courage. The charges were reinstated on the grounds of crimes against humanity having no statute of limitations. UN expert applauds Haitian decision to probe alleged abuses by ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier UN News Centre February 25, 2014 25 February 2014 – An independent United Nations human rights expert today applauded the decision by a Haitian court to order further investigations into alleged abuses committed by former President Jean-Claude Duvalier during his 15-year rule. On 20 February, the Court of Appeals reversed a January 2012 decision that stated that the former leader could not be charged with crimes against humanity during his reign because the time for the prosecution of those […]

UN Emphasizes Dominican-Born Haitians’ Right to Nationality

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights urged Dominican Republic to ensure Haitian-Born Dominicans’ right to a nationality.  This is in light of the recent ruling that strips these Dominicans of their citizenship, all the way back to those born in 1929. UN urges Dominican Republic to ensure citizens of Haitian origin do not lose nationality UN News Centre October 1, 2013 1 October 2013 – The United Nations human rights office today urged the Government of the Dominican Republic to take all necessary measures to ensure that citizens of Haitian origin are not deprived of their right to nationality in light of a recent court ruling. Last week the country’s Constitutional Court ruled that the children of undocumented migrants who have been in the Dominican Republic and registered as Dominicans as far back as 1929, cannot have Dominican […]

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