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Clintons’ Interim Haiti Recovery Commission Huge Failure

Two Haitian lawyers have filed a petition against Bill Clinton for mismanagement of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC). Although it’s not likely to succeed due to the Clintons’ power and influence, it is very obvious that the IHRC left many promises unfulfilled, was not inclusive of Haitians, and was a general failure. Bill, Hillary and the Haiti Debacle Haitians are upset by the reconstruction effort managed by the Clintons. Mary Anastasia O’Grady, The Wall Street Journal May 18, 2014 The news website Tout Haiti reported last month that two prominent lawyers have petitioned Haiti’s Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes, demanding an audit of Bill Clinton’s management of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC). There are powerful interests that won’t want to see the petition succeed and it may go nowhere. But the sentiment it expresses is spreading fast. […]

Obama Administration Supports UN Immunity in Cholera Case

The Obama Administration supports UN immunity in the cholera case, saying that UN officials and MINUSTAH cannot be sued. Obama Administration Backs U.N. in Disputes Over Haiti Cholera Epidemic Jacob Gershman, The Wall Street Journal March 12, 2014 The Obama administration has told a federal judge that diplomatic immunity shields the United Nations from liability for a cholera outbreak that ravaged Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Haitians living in the U.S. and Haiti have filed at least two lawsuits seeking class action status in federal courts in New York claiming that the U.N. failed to screen infected peacekeepers deployed from Nepal. The lawsuits also claim the U.N. mission constructed shoddy sanitation facilities that allowed contaminated human waste to run into the country’s major river, helping to spread the disease. The 2010 cholera outbreak killed more than 8,000 Haitians and sickened hundreds of […]

Cholera Toll Tops 250 in Haiti

By BETSY MCKAY, Wall Street Journal The death toll from a cholera epidemic in Haiti topped 250 Sunday, and a handful of cases in the country’s capital were confirmed, as government officials and aid groups prepared for what they call an inevitable spread of the disease. Six cases were confirmed in the Port-au-Prince area, said Ariel Henry, chief of staff at the Haitian Ministry of Health. All were travelers from the Artibonite Valley, a rural region north of the capital where the outbreak appears to have originated, so the new cases don’t indicate the disease is spreading to Port-au-Prince. But Dr. Henry said he expected cholera would begin spreading to the city in the next week. “I have no doubt that it will arrive in Port-au-Prince, because people are moving a lot,” he said Sunday. “It will arrive during the next […]

U.S. Moves to Block Some Funding for Haiti

By DIONNE SEARCEY, Wall Street Journal A plan before a congressional panel that is intended to prod the Haitian government to clean up its justice system could end up blocking funds for some U.S.-backed judicial-reform programs in the earthquake-ravaged nation. The proposed Senate Appropriations Committee measure takes aim at alleged killings at the overcrowded prison in Les Cayes, Haiti, in the wake of the deadly Jan. 12 quake. The Haitian government said it is investigating a jail riot in the days after the quake in which some prisoners died, but it hasn’t elaborated on the circumstances. The United Nations has launched an investigation into the alleged shootings by guards of dozens of prisoners during the escape attempt. The Appropriations proposal, put forth by Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, says that in light of the incident at Les Cayes “no funds […]

Haiti Numbers – 27 Days After Quake

By Bill Quigley.  Bill has visited Haiti numerous times working for human rights.  He is legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.  His email is 890 million.  Amount of international debt that Haiti owes creditors.  Finance ministers from developing countries announced they will forgive $290 million.  Source: Wall Street Journal 644 million.  Donations for Haiti to private organizations have exceed $644 million.  Over $200 million has gone to the Red Cross, who had 15 people working on health projects in Haiti before the earthquake.  About $40 million has gone to Partners in Health, which had 5,000 people working on health in Haiti before the quake.   Source:  New York Times. 1 million.  People still homeless or needing shelter in Haiti.  Source: MSNBC. 1 million.  People who have been given food by the UN World Food Program in Port […]

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