Haiti

Career diplomat from Trinidad and Tobago appointed head of UN mission in Haiti

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed career diplomat Sandra Honoré of Trinidad and Tobago as the new head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti, it was announced today.

Walters T.T. Samah: Evolving role of a UNV rebuilding Haiti

After a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on 12 January 2010, United Nations Volunteer Walters Tohnji Tikum Samah was one of the first from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) to visit its epicenter, Léogâne, some 25 km west of the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Drought and tropical storms hinder food supply in Haiti, UN says

A growing number of people in Haiti do not have enough to eat, according to the United Nations relief wing, mostly as a result of drought and the impact of recent tropical storms.

Haiti must break political impasse to achieve progress, UN envoy tells Security Council

Breaking the political impasse that has plagued Haiti for some 16 months is crucial to achieve progress and consolidate democracy in the country, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country told the Security Council today.

Independent UN expert urges national action plan on human rights in Haiti

Haiti needs to develop a coordinated plan of action on human rights and a framework on the rule of law, an independent United Nations expert has said, noting that while positive changes are coming very slowly, there is a strong expectation from Haitians to see improvements.

Haiti: UN humanitarian official concerned about growing number of forced evictions

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Haiti has expressed grave concern about recent incidents of forced evictions of internally displaced persons (IDPs), following his visit to a site in the capital, Port-au-Prince, from which thousands of people were forced to leave.

Haiti: UN expert calls for strengthening state institutions

An independent United Nations human rights expert today wrapped up a visit to Haiti by calling for the strengthening of State institutions so they can play their key role in the running of the country and in the functioning of democracy.

Haiti must ensure justice for victims of past human rights violations – UN official

A senior United Nations official today urged Haiti to ensure there is no impunity for human rights violations committed during the presidency of Jean-Claude Duvalier, who is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

Haiti: fight against cholera continues, but claims against UN ‘not receivable’

The United Nations has ramped up its efforts to eliminate cholera in Haiti. At the same time, claims against the Organization on that matter are “not receivable,” a spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, after officials in the Caribbean nation were informed of the decision.

Haiti: UN envoy suggests steps to end political impasse

The United Nations envoy in Haiti today voiced concern at the ongoing impasse in Haiti over the long-delayed elections and outlined several priorities to move the process forward.