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Le Procès est Fait: BAI’s Mario Joseph on Ricardo Seitenfus’ Latest Book on Cholera in Haiti

Original article written in Le Nouvelliste on December 3, 2018. English Version here. BAI’s managing attorney, Mario Joseph, is the author of the preface to the latest book by Ricardo Seitenfus, Les Nations unies et le choléra en Haïti : coupables mais non responsables (The UN & Cholera in Haiti: Guilty, but Not Responsible?).  L’effondrement de l’État haïtien, suite au kidnapping et/ou du coup d’État du 29 février 2004, a amené les nations tutrices du monde à envisager dans le cadre de l’Organisation des Nations unies (ONU) une mission dite de paix, communément appelée Mission des Nations unies pour la stabilisation en Haïti (MINUSTAH). L’expérience est désastreuse pour le pays le plus pauvre des Amériques dont l’entrée au concert des nations demeure toujours un cas de forceps. Outre le fait que la stabilisation est au final un trompe-l’œil, elle a […]

Join IJDH’s Sandra Wisner as she Discusses the UN Peacekeeping Mission’s Legacy in Haiti with Cahal McLaughlin and Siobhán Willis at Harvard Medical School

On Tuesday, April 3 rd 2018 Harvard Medical School will screen “It Stays With You: Use of Force by UN Peacekeepers in Haiti.” The screening will be followed by a panel discussion led by the film’s producers Cahal McLaughlin and Siobhán Willis as well as human rights attorney Sandra Wisner, Dr. Louise Ivers and Nadia Raymondto discuss human rights abuses committed by United Nations peacekeepers against people of Cité Soleil from 2005-2007 as well as the work of Haitian and international human rights organizations in holding the UN accountable for its role in Haiti’s cholera epidemic that has so far killed 10,000 Haitians and sickened nearly a million more. See flyer below for more details. Get directions HERE.

IJDH Briefs UK Parliament on Accountability for Humanitarian Actors in Wake of Oxfam Scandal

TOWARDS A MORE ACCOUNTABLE HUMANITARIAN SECTOR March 21, 2018 The Oxfam sex abuse scandal in Haiti is just the tip of the iceberg of unaccountable humanitarian action, and demonstrates the urgent need for improved accountability across the humanitarian aid sector. Sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) is prevalent in the aid community: one report found that 23 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Haiti have had a sexual exploitation problem. Like Oxfam, NGOs often do not treat staff SEA as a legal matter or provide remedies to the victims.  Legal obligations exist, but NGOs ignore them. As with SEA, other accountability failures create anger and tension with local communities, and undermine humanitarian actors’ effectiveness. These include failures in aid delivery, sustainability of development projects and, in the case of the United Nations in Haiti, immunity that results in impunity for recklessly introducing cholera. […]

Trump Administration Does Not Intend to Contribute to the U.N. Cholera Relief Fund in Haiti

Even though the United States has donated approximately $4.2 billion since the 2010 earthquake, The Trump administration has shown no interest in contributing to the U.N Cholera Relief Fund in Haiti now, nor in the future. The administration argued that they are not responsible for the epidemic and blamed it on U.N. incompetence and the Nepalese peacekeepers. Ban Ki-Moon, former U.N Secretary General has established a trust fund to prevent the further spread of cholera, but has never acknowledged any U.N. legal obligation to compensate Haiti’s victims. It’s now up to the Trump Administration to decide whether to provide aid. Trump Won’t Pay a Penny For U.N. Cholera Relief Fund in Haiti   Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy  June 1, 2017 The Trump administration will rebuff a recent U.N. appeal to contribute millions of dollars to a cash-short trust fund established last year to provide relief […]

Report Shows Haiti Warrants TPS Extension

The 2010 earthquake that nearly destroyed Haiti and resulted in debilitating effects led the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to thousands of Haitians. Haiti began to make strides in its efforts to recover from the earthquake, when it was once again ravaged by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. The storm was the most powerful hurricane to hit Haiti in over a century and drastically impaired the its southern peninsula. In addition to these natural disasters, the country is dealing with an uncontrolled cholera epidemic that was introduced by United Nations peacekeeping soldiers. Taking all of this into account, it is obviously clear that the “conditions that led DHS to designate Haiti for TPS continue to exist” and in fact, have worsened. Therefore, “it is in the best interest not only of Haiti, but also the United […]

After Infecting Haiti with Cholera, UN Is Struggling to Keep the Promise Made to Haitian People

Seven years since the United Nations Soldiers introduced the cholera epidemic into Haiti that has killed 10,000 deaths and sickened nearly one million Haitians, the UN is struggling to raise money to fully fund its New Approach to cholera. Last year the UN admitted its role in introducing cholera in the country and promised to raise $400 million to eliminate cholera in Haiti and “to provide material assistance to those who have been most affected by the disease.” Nearly a year since UN launched the fundraising, the fund has only garnered about 3%.  The UN closed its 13-year-old peacekeeping mission in Haiti known by its French acronym MINUSTAH. The legacy of MINUSTAH is plagued by a series of controversies, including the cholera outbreak, sexual abuse and unfathered children.  Read full article HERE THE UNITED NATIONS INFECTED HAITIANS WITH CHOLERA. NOW THEY ARE […]

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