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UN SG “profoundly sorry” for role in Haiti cholera outbreak

In Secretary General’s address on December 1, 2016, Ban Ki-moon stated that “[the UN] simply did not do enough with regard to the cholera outbreak and its spread in Haiti. We are profoundly sorry for our role.” This apology and announcement of the UN’s proposal to treat, and eventually eliminate cholera in Haiti comes as a victory and major first step for many affected by cholera, and fighting for justice. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN “Profoundly Sorry” for Haiti Cholera Outbreak Tharanga Yakupitiyage, Inter Press Service December 2, 2016    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 2 2016 (IPS) – For the first time, the United Nations issued a formal apology for their role in the cholera outbreak in Haiti and announced new steps to alleviate the ongoing health crisis. Speaking to the members of […]

Ban Ki-moon Finally Apologizes For Cholera, More Work to Be Done

After nearly six years of denial in order to avoid accountability for bringing a deadly cholera epidemic to Haiti, Secretary-General Bakn Ki-moon finally apologized in an address before the UN General Assembly. In the same address, he also provided more details on a new two-track UN plan to eliminate cholera from Haiti and provide “material assistance.” The UN plans to meet with Haiti and with victims and their families to flesh out the plan. During the Assembly, over 20 countries spoke to commend the plan, the apology, and pledge their aid. This article also quotes Mario Joseph, Managing Attorney of BAI. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. After 6 years, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon finally says “sorry” to Haiti’s cholera victims Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald December 1, 2016     The day before United […]

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 […]

Haitian Cholera Victims React to UN Apology

December 1, 2016 Haitian cholera victims watched a live webstream of the United Nations briefing on the new cholera plan, which included a long-awaited apology from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. There was a spontaneous cheer and applause when Ban Ki-Moon apologized during his speech and an extraordinary atmosphere in the room. In reaction to the Secretary-General’s address, victims were clear that words aren’t enough and that concrete action on eradication and compensation is needed, but welcomed and accepted the apology itself. These are unofficial translations: Desir Jean-Clair, Boucan Care: This was a victory for us today. It wasn’t easy. We sent thousands of letters and were in the street to get this victory for them to say today that they were responsible. They said that and we thank them. But it can’t end there. Because today there is still cholera in all the […]

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 […]

Victory in the Fight for Cholera Justice – UN Apology!

IJDH has been pursuing cholera justice for so many years, and today, we saw major steps towards justice! For the first time, the United Nations held a briefing specifically dedicated to cholera. It is unheard of for a Secretary-General to issue a report like this and hold this type of session. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also apologized for bringing cholera to Haiti, something that cholera victims, BAI, IJDH and all of our allies have been advocating for since 2010! Stephen Lewis, former Canadian Ambassador to the UN and now co-Director of AIDS-Free World, describes the fight for cholera justice in vivid terms: Transcript of cholera apology, in three languages Reactions from cholera victims in Haiti UN Secretary General’s report on the new plan

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