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NYT call for cholera justice, deportation suspension, and cautious generosity

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, people around the globe are eager to help victims of the hurricane in any way they can. The New York Times Editorial Board discusses the need to donate cautiously, and to organizations with a legitimized history of helping Haitians on the ground. The Board also analyzes the need for the next UN Security General, António Guterres, as well as member nations, to take up the UN’s obligation to eradicate cholera in Haiti, once and for all. Haiti’s New Catastrophe The Editorial Board, The New York Times October 7, 2016   Hurricane Matthew battered Florida and points north on Friday, having already wreaked deadly havoc in the Bahamas, Jamaica, Cuba and Haiti. All those along its path need aid and protection and, when the wind and rain end, swift help in rebuilding. But Haiti needs […]

UN Peacekeeper Babies Spark Outrage

There have been many cases of UN Peacekeepers fathering children with Haitian women during their time stationed in the country. However, when they leave, they do not provide any type of child support, making the women responsible for raising the child alone. Recent charges have been brought up against 2 Quebec police officers who face charges of sexual misconduct for their actions in Haiti. To evade disciplinary hearings, the two officers retired days before the hearings were supposed to start. BAI lawyer Mario Joseph is representing 9 Haitian women who had children with peacekeepers . He says that countries need to have a legal framework to ensure that peacekeepers face justice for their actions. Click HERE for the full article. — Top Haitian human rights lawyer slams UN over sexual misconduct allegations Benjamin Shingler, CBC News  August 12th, 2016 The case of […]

IJDH’s Beatrice Lindstrom Featured in Huffington Post

Beatrice Lindstrom is a human rights lawyer who has been fighting for UN accountability in Haiti for the past 5 years. Growing up in Korea and Sweden, she has always viewed her community as global rather than local, but she only became involved with social justice work when she went to Thailand after the tsunami. During her time in Thailand, Beatrice became aware of the many structural injustices that plague the international community. She attended the NYU School of Law to learn about human rights but never planning on taking the bar examinations. Through her studies and her experiences in Haiti, she realized that litigation was a complement to social justice work and continued with the profession. Beatrice went to Haiti as part of an NYU fellowship where she worked with the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI). She had only been there only a couple […]

Rep. Waters Writes to Ban Ki-Moon Demanding Justice for Cholera Victims

Representative Maxine Waters of California’s 43 District wrote to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanding an appropriate response from the head of the United Nations for its role in the Haiti cholera outbreak. Citing UN human rights experts who called the UN’s failure to respond to the crisis a “challenge to the credibility of the organization,” she urged a sufficient response to match the leadership of the UN and to ensure justice for the Haitian people. Letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Representative Maxine Waters, U.S. Congress 5 July 2016 Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full text. Dear Secretary-General, I am writing, as a friend of the people of Haiti and of the United Nations, on the anniversary of your response to the May 30, 2013, letter that I and 18 of my colleagues in the […]

Cholera in Haiti: The Legal Case Against the UN

Since the devastating cholera outbreak in Haiti, IJDH has filed a lawsuit against the United Nations, asking them to take responsibility for their actions and to provide reparations to victims. The case is built upon the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, which were drafted at the instruction of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights after the international community found glaring gaps in international protection mechanisms. These Guiding Principles recognize the rights of the internally displaced, as many people living in Haiti are classified to be: those who were displaced by the earthquake, drought, or even the cholera epidemic itself. These principles recognized rights such as an adequate standard of living, basic shelter and housing, adequate amount of water, medical care, authorities to prevent diseases, etc. Cholera directly posed a threat to all of these rights, to name only a few. […]

Exposing the Cause of Cholera in Haiti

Dr. Renaud Piarroux looked into exposing the true cause behind the cholera outbreak in Haiti. There had been rumours that the disease was brought over by Nepalese peacekeepers, but Piarroux’s investigations were to confirm if this was really the case. Piarroux was suspicious because UN agencies seemed uninterested in finding the cause of the outbreak. In fact, both US and UN authorities both tried to attribute the spread of cholera to bacteria that already existed in the environment. Before leaving Haiti, Piarroux received a secret document from the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population that confirmed the source of outbreak as the Nepali MINUSTAH camp. Officials had known all this time and yet, tried to cover-up the wrongdoing. As article author Crawford Killian’s words, “they sacrificed Haiti simply to escape political embarrassment”. Click HERE for the full article. — Cholera in Haiti: […]

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