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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 and […]

Haitian Elections: A Step in the Right Direction

After a concerted effort and many setbacks, Haiti was finally able to host elections on Sunday, November 20.  In recent months, Haiti has suffered through the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, and the subsequent flooding and mudslides; fraudulent elections; and a cholera epidemic.  These elections are a step in the right direction. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full text. A Very Good Day for Haiti Robert Maguire, Focus On Haiti Initiative November 21, 2016 If ever a country and its people needed a good day, it was Haiti and the Haitian people.  Over the past two months, they have been battered by a monstrous hurricane and, more recently, by widespread flooding and mudslides.  Over the past year, they have been subject to fraudulent elections and, when the country’s political, social, civic and economic leaders sought to rectify […]

13 Members of Congress Demand Cholera Justice and UN Apology

Congresswoman Barbara Lee and twelve other Congresspersons wrote to the United Nations Secretary General and encouraged the US to allocate resources to the UN’s cholera response. The Congresspersons also urged an apology for the UN-caused epidemic, saying that “Each day that passes without a formal apology and remediation efforts further erodes trust in the UN and affiliated peacekeeping missions.” Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full letter. —————- November 18, 2016 His Excellency Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General of the United Nations 760 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017 Dear Mr. Secretary-General, It has been six years since UN peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti, which was already reeling from deadly and devastating January 2010 earthquake. As a direct result of their negligence, nearly 800,000 people have been infected with cholera and upwards of 9,500 people have died.1 In 2014, […]

UN Denial of Cholera Responsibility Assisted by US, Says Alston

In a report issued on the UN’s responsibility regarding the Haiti cholera epidemic, Special Rapporteur and human rights expert Philip Alston condemns both the UN’s inaction in regards to the spread of disease, as well as the US’s involvement in the UN’s unwillingness to accept accountability. Haiti cholera scandal: US bolsters UN wall of denial, legal investigator says George Russell, Fox News October 26, 2016 The United Nations’ wall of denial about its responsibility for causing Haiti’s 6-year-old cholera epidemic is stronger than ever — and a U.N. human rights expert  has put the focus directly on  the Obama administration for helping to keep the barrier in place. Philip Alston, a New York University law professor, who is currently the U.N. special rapporteur on poverty and human rights, issued a final report on the cholera crisis on Tuesday that sharply […]

Not Too Late for UN to Apologize to Haiti for Cholera

Special Rapporteur Philip Alston has released a report condemning the UN for their inaction in the cholera crisis in Haiti.  The admittance by the UN of their involvement in the origins of the epidemic is important, but Alston states that there is still a long road ahead in the UN righting their wrong. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full article. Human Rights Expert to UN Chief: It’s Not Too Late to Say Sorry to Haitians for Cholera Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy October 25, 2016 About two months ago, the United Nations ended years of denial about the role of U.N. peacekeepers in causing Haiti’s 2010 cholera epidemic,acknowledging for the first time that blue helmets had a hand in it. But the U.N. has yet to issue an apology or to accept legal responsibility for those actions, instead […]

Need for US Aid to Haiti Following Hurricane Matthew

Haiti, while still in the process of recovering from the destruction of the 2010 earthquake and fighting a subsequent cholera outbreak brought by UN peacekeepers, has been devastated by yet another natural disaster – Hurricane Matthew.  The US needs to provide aid, both financial and otherwise, to Haiti in this difficult time. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full text. Inquirer Editorial: U.S. shouldn’t wait until the next disaster to do more for Haiti The Philadelphia Inquirer October 18, 2016 With so much happening in our country, including a pivotal presidential election and coastal states’ daunting recovery from Hurricane Matthew, maybe it’s understandable that the storm’s impact on Haiti has been an afterthought for many Americans. But the death and destruction in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation shouldn’t be ignored. The United States and Haiti were […]

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