Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Broken Promise for Individual Reparations to Cholera Victims Continues U.N. Injustices

For six years, the United Nations denied responsibility for the devastating cholera outbreak that has killed +10,000 Haitians. The organization ignored victims, rejected scientific reports, hid behind a broad immunity clause and, until the very end of 2016, refused to admit moral or legal responsibility. Then-Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s acknowledgement of the U.N.’s role in the epidemic, and subsequent announcement of the “New Approach” for cholera remedies and prevention in Haiti, sparked hope that it would finally take steps to remedy past injustices.  As the cholera death toll continues to rise and victims struggle to overcome significant financial burdens, Haiti cannot afford for the U.N. to stall, deflect and distract from its broken promises. It is #time2deliver. Tell U.N. it’s time to deliver. Join our Time2Deliver campaign and urge your country to contribute to the cholera fund. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. UN is breaking […]

U.N. Picks New Envoy for Haiti Cholera Fundraising Efforts

The United Nations announced its third official to lead cholera fundraising efforts, a position which has so far produced drastically underwhelming results. There is a growing urgency in Haiti for cholera prevention, relief and compensations for those affected. But the next fundraising chair, Josette Sheeran, faces a significant shortage of donor funds and a resistant international community. Despite promising $400 million to fight cholera in Haiti, the U.N. has only raised $2.7 million, and currently only $183,000 remains in the fund. However, while some may give excuses for the U.N.’s fundraising shortages, one thing is certain: the U.N. is responsible for the deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti, and its victims deserve justice as promised. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. With little money to combat cholera in Haiti, U.N. names new fundraising chief Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald June 20, 2017 A former top State Department official […]

National and International Human Rights Organizations Call on Haiti’s Government to Renew the Mandate  of the UN’s Independent Expert on Human Rights 

The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and other international human rights organizations sent a letter to the Haitian government demanding that it renew the mandate of Gustavo Gallon, the United Nations’ Independent Expert on Human Rights in Haiti. The organizations stated in the letter that they regretted that the Haitian government rejected a proposal to extend Gallon’s mandate for a one-year period. They said that they hope that Haiti’s officials will consider the recommendations made by Gallon to advance human rights in the country. A French version of this letter can be found HERE.

Women Impregnated by Peacekeepers Need UN Cooperation, but Met with Silence

Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) is representing Haitian women who were impregnated, and left without child support payments, by United Nations peacekeepers. The women face housing and food shortages, struggling to make ends meet for their families. However, the UN has thus far been uncooperative in the cases and withheld results of DNA tests administered to some of the women. UN cooperation is crucial to the success of these cases and in order to help the women and their families to meet their basic needs. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Haitian mothers claim UN unresponsive over support for peacekeeper children Rebecca Ratcliffe, The Guardian April 21, 2017 The UN has been accused of refusing to cooperate with a human rights group that is pursuing child support payments for women left pregnant by its peacekeeping forces. Lawyers representing 10 women […]

Where are Haitian Voices in the UN Remedial Process for Cholera?

The injustice perpetuated by the United Nations continues as little action has been done to reduce cholera, offer remedies to those affected, and incorporate victims into the remedial process. The UN has promised to help reduce cholera and provide collective reparations, such as health centers and schools. However, many Haitian victims prefer individual reparations, including small cash transfers that will allow them to rebuild their lives and reduce the debt incurred from travel to hospitals or funeral costs. Additionally, many are distrustful of the UN and any promises for community development, and they will likely remain wary of these promises until individual lives start to improve and cholera is no longer a threat. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Haiti’s cholera victims still can’t get what they need from the UN Nicolas Lemay-Hébert and Rosa Freedman, The Conversation April 19, 2017 The United Nations is once […]

Lack of Accountability Allows Peacekeeper Sexual Abuse to Continue Running Rampant

While the United Nations peacekeepers were purportedly sent to Haiti to protect the people there, Haitians are not so sure. UN peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti in 2010, for the first time recorded in the country’s history. UN peacekeepers have also been perpetrators of sexual abuse and exploitation of both women and children in Haiti and other countries around the world. The vast majority of the time, justice is not served for these abuses because it is left up to the home countries to prosecute the perpetrators. Rather than revealing these scandals and shaming the home countries into acting justly, the UN has kept the abuses under wraps, helping the culture of impunity to continue. U.S. ambassadors are now demanding that all nations who supply peacekeepers hold abusers accountable, or risk losing their agreements with the UN (and thus, their compensation). […]

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