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After UN Cholera Apology, the Work Towards Eradication Truly Begins

After nearly six years of demanding an apology from the United Nations for causing a deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti, Haitian cholera victims and their advocates were pleasantly surprised by receiving on from the Secretary-General on December 1. In a statement before the UN, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized and also outlined a $400 million proposal to fight cholera and compensate the victims. Although Ban did not directly apologize for the UN’s own fault in the epidemic, advocates view this as a welcome start. Now the work truly begins, as “we need to fight even harder to get those promises fulfilled,” says IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon. U.N. Finally Apologizes For Cholera In Haiti … But Omits One Point Jason Beaubien, NPR December 2, 2016 For six years, Haitian activists have demanded that the United Nations accept responsibility for cholera in Haiti. […]

Victims & Advocates Commend Announcement of New UN Haiti Cholera Response

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +617-652- 0876 Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (Port-au-Prince) : sienna@ijdh.org, +509-4875-3444   Victims & Advocates Commend Announcement of New UN Haiti Cholera Response Secretary-General Issues Historic Apology to Victims (NEW YORK, PORT-AU-PRINCE, December 1, 2016)–Advocates for cholera victims in Haiti welcome the announcement of a new UN response that promises to reduce cholera in Haiti and provide material assistance to the most affected victims.  The plan pledges to place victims at its center and to involve them in the developments of the details of the plan. The Secretary-General also apologized to Haitian victims, saying that the UN “simply did not do enough with regard to the cholera outbreak and its spread in Haiti” and “we are profoundly sorry for our role.” The advocates called the Secretary-General’s […]

Jamaica Rep Responds to New UN Approach to Haiti Cholera

Remarks by H.E. Courtenay Rattray, Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the UN, at the Informal Briefing by the Secretary-General on the United Nations’ New Approach to Cholera in Haiti 1 December 2016   Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, Thank you for organizing this briefing for Member States to further update us on this situation, which is of great importance to my delegation and region. At the outset, allow me to extend congratulations to the government and people of Haiti on the holding of national elections, and to wish President-elect Moïse success in his tenure. Mr. President, Jamaica commends the Secretary General for the action that will be taken to support the people of Haiti in the wake of the cholera epidemic. Furthermore, we welcome the issuance of his Report outlining the new approach that the Organization will take in addressing the […]

CARICOM Responds to UN Secretary-General’s Cholera Apology

On December 1, 2016, the United Nations General Assembly met for a session in which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explained the UN’s new plan to eliminate cholera in Haiti and possibly compensate the victims. During his remarks, Ban also apologized to Haitians for the first time in six years, and admitted that the UN should have done more. Below is the statement from Trinidad and Tobago’s representative, on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). December 1, 2016 Remarks by Trinidad and Tobago on behalf of CARICOM at the Informal Briefing of the General Assembly by the Secretary-General on the United Nations’ New Approach to Cholera in Haiti Mr. President, I take the floor on behalf of the fourteen Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).  CARICOM wishes to thank the Secretary-General for his briefing to the membership on the “New Approach […]

US Ambassador to UN Responds to Ban Ki-moon Cholera Apology

On December 1, 2016 a United Nations General Assembly met to discuss the UN’s new cholera elimination plan for Haiti. At that session, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also apologized to the Haitian people and admitted that the UN hadn’t done enough to stop the epidemic. Below is the response to Ban’s statement from the US Representative, Ambassador Isobel Coleman. Ambassador Isobel Coleman U.S. Representative to the UN for UN Management and Reform U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 1, 2016 AS DELIVERED Thank you so much. As the Secretary-General has movingly noted, cholera has had a devastating effect on the Haitian people since it was introduced in Haiti in 2010. Families have lost loved ones, caregivers, and breadwinners. No community has been untouched. There is a clear humanitarian imperative to respond to the epidemic in a robust […]

Déclaration du Rapporteur spécial Philip Alston sur la responsabilité de l’Onu pour le choléra

Dans une déclaration devant la 71ème session de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies, Philip Alston, rapporteur spécial sur les droits de l’homme et l’extrême pauvreté, a demandé aux Nations Unies de à repenser les conseils juridiques imparfaits qu’elle a reçus de son Bureau des affaires juridiques concernant les revendications légales pour l’épidémie de choléra. Alston exhorte également les États Membres de l’ONU à soutenir leurs paroles de sympathie pour les victimes du choléra d’Haïti en donnant généreusement au Fonds fiduciaire récemment créé pour aider matériellement les Haïtiens et à intensifier les efforts pour éliminer la maladie. Sa déclaration inclut même des félicitations à BAI et IJDH pour maintenir la lutte pour la justice de choléra! Click HERE for the English version of the statement. Philip Alston (Rapporteur spécial sur les droits de l’homme et l’extrême pauvreté), Troisième Commission, 29e séance – 71e session UN Web […]

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