Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Letter to Editor: U.N. must make long-lasting amends to Haiti

This letter was first published by Miami Herald   Re the Nov. 2 oped “U.N. is committed to a new partnership in Haiti that works” by : We welcome U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres’ concession on the need for U.N. action. But a partnership with Haiti that works requires more than promising words. Admitting that cholera got to Haiti through reckless waste disposal at a U.N. base—as the U.N.’s own experts declared five years ago — would have been a good start. Keeping the U.N.’s existing promises would help too. The former secretary-general announced a “new approach” that included material assistance for victims and a promise to consult them on whether the assistance should include payments to victims or exclusively community projects. Under Guterres’ leadership, the U.N. has taken direct payments off the table and refused to begin consultations. We have […]

As UN Deputy Chief Heads to Haiti, Advocates Urge UN to Keep Promises to Cholera Victims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +1-617-652-0876 Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (Port-au-Prince): sienna@ijdh.org; +509-4875-3444 As UN Deputy Chief Heads to Haiti, Advocates Urge UN to Keep Promises to Cholera Victims (Boston, Port-au-Prince, November 2, 2017) — Advocates for Haiti’s cholera victims insist that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ announced “new partnership” with Haiti will only help Haiti if accompanied by real action  to raise the $400 million in funds promised by the UN, and a partnership that provides the victims a meaningful opportunity for input. The Secretary-General announced the initiative in a Miami Herald op-ed, ahead of the UN Deputy Secretary-General’s visit to Haiti on Friday, November 3rd.  The Secretary-General notes that a major focus of the trip will be follow-up on the UN’s commitments to a “New Approach to Cholera […]

Cholera Justice: U.N.’s Proposal to Transfer MINUSTAH’s Underspent Dollars to the Cholera Fund Meets with Resistance  

The United Nations’ (U.N.) proposal to use MINSUTAH’s leftover dollars to fund its New Approach to cholera in Haiti is “the least U.N. can do” for the victims. In four months and one day, MINUSTAH will end its 13-year-old controversial mission in Haiti. But the U.N.’s legacy is in the line. Failure to fulfill its promises to Haitian people could tarnish U.N. global image and undermine its credibility around the world. Visit the IJDH’s Cholera Accountability web page for more information on cholera justice. Read the full article HERE U.N. pushes to finance Haiti’s Cholera Cleanup with Leftover Peacekeeping Dollars By Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald June 14, 2017 With most U.N. member nations, including the United States, refusing to contribute toward a $400 million trust fund to eliminate an imported cholera epidemic from Haiti, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres has cobbled together another […]

Advocates Decry UN Chief’s Lack of Urgency on Haiti Cholera 

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) : nicole@ijdh.org  +509-4875-3444 NEW YORK, BOSTON May 25, 2017—Advocates for victims of the UN-caused cholera epidemic in Haiti criticized a long-awaited report by Secretary-General António Guterres as a lackluster document symptomatic of a lackluster fundraising effort for the UN’s New Approach to Cholera in Haiti.  The $400 million plan, announced in December, has generated only 3% of the contributions needed. Secretary-General Guterres’ report, delivered on Tuesday, fails to even articulate a realistic plan for raising the balance of the funds. “The report demonstrates that despite the UN’s promises, despite its cholera killing over 9,000 Haitians so far with hundreds more destined to die in 2017, responding to cholera is simply not one of the Secretary-General’s priorities,” said Brian […]

UNSG Ban Ki-moon’s editorial in the Miami Herald

In the editorial below, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, addresses the readers in a similar fashion as in his apology on December 1, 2016. He explains the purpose and possible structure of the UN’s two track initiative in Haiti, and expresses his remorse over the UN’s role in the epidemic. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Righting a wrong in Haiti Ban Ki-moon, Miami Herald December 5, 2016 Last week, I addressed the U.N. General Assembly to outline a new approach to tackle cholera in Haiti — a disease that has afflicted nearly 800,000 people and claimed the lives of more than 9,000 Haitians over the last six years. This tragedy has cast a shadow upon the relationship between the U.N. and the people of Haiti. It is a blemish on the reputation […]

New UNSG will have to ensure accountability for Haiti cholera

With the official UN Secretary Council vote to ratify António Guterres’s nomination as Secretary General, there has been much discussion over the challenges the new UNSG will face. Among Guterres’ various challenges is the problem of the UN’s “moral accountability” to Haitian people affected by the ongoing cholera epidemic. Though the UN has taken several years to acknowledge a need for greater action in Haiti, the cholera epidemic has become a routine topic in the discussion on the new UNSG. A New Voice for a Complicated World The Editorial Board, The New York Times October 5, 2016   By any measure, António Guterres of Portugal is an excellent choice to replace Ban Ki-moon of South Korea as the next United Nations secretary general. He has experience, energy and diplomatic finesse, all of which he’ll need to lead the United Nations as it confronts regional […]

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