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Hold UN Accountable: Join IJDH’s Sienna Merope-Synge at Yale Law School to Discuss UN’s Role in Haiti’s Cholera

Hello Connecticut, Save the Date! Join IJDH’s Staff Attorney Sienna Merope-Synge at Yale Law School on Feb. 12, 2018 from 12:10pm-1:00pm, as she discusses the UN’s role in bringing cholera in Haiti and how they are holding the organization Accountable. Almost two years already passed since UN promised a New Approach to cholera in Haiti, it has not delivered on the promises it made to Haitian people. The victims of cholera are calling on the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to act to eliminate cholera and compensate the victims. #Time2Deliver Find more details about the event HERE. Sponsoring Organization(s) ACS, Schell Center, Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP) Directions to Yale Law School could be found HERE.

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 […]

‘Shameful': UK and US under fire over blocked funds for Haiti cholera victims

  The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, asked member states to allow the UN to re-allocate $40.3 million in leftover funds from previous projects in Haiti to the Haiti Cholera fund. These funds would have an immediate impact in saving lives, according to the Secretary-General. However, none of the five permanent members of the Security Council, including the United States and the United Kingdom, have approved the motion to transfer the funds. Now, the multi-partner cholera trust fund, which has only gathered $2 million, has less than $200 thousand remaining. IJDH’s Brian Concannon: “All the [permanent security council members] spend hundreds of millions of taxpayers dollars on the UN. But the UN is flouting its legal responsibilities towards the people of Haiti on cholera… The underspend idea wasn’t supposed to be the end result, but low-hanging fruit. People in the […]

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 […]

An Evaluation of the Causes and Results of U.N. Peacekeeper Actions

This four part series details the history of sexual assault by UN peacekeepers and what has been done to combat it. The UN peacekeeping mission began in 1948, right after WWII. In order to protect the soldiers who were deployed, the U.N provided its soldiers with impunity (all cases against peacekeepers had to be brought in the parent country, in order to protect the soldiers from fraudulent charges.)However, this protection has been the cause of many grievances for the women and children of these nations—victims of sexual assault are unable to take their assailants to court. Between 2004 and 2016, the UN received almost 2000 reports of sexual assault perpetrated by peacekeepers. In predominately black nations with a low socioeconomic status, the rate of sexual violence is much more  significant and leads researchers to believe that the idea of racial […]

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