September 9, 2016
Stephen Lewis comments on a new UNICEF report and the enormous gap between rhetoric and reality when it comes to child protection.
August 19, 2016
Stephen Lewis comments on the news that the United Nations has finally admitted its role in causing the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti.
This commentary was taped on Thursday morning, August 18th. On Thursday night the 2nd Circuit Court released its decision on the challenge to UN immunity in the Haiti cholera case. The court upheld the UN’s immunity, without making any provision for justice for the victims. As always, the UN never appeared in court: the case was argued on the UN’s behalf by an attorney from the United States government. The case can be appealed to the US Supreme Court. Whether or not an appeal is launched, AIDS-Free World expects that the UN will now carry out its undertaking to provide a package of reforms to solve the ongoing cholera crisis in Haiti. Much will depend on who emerges as the next Secretary-General … there is one candidate who is largely responsible for the deeply offensive way in which the UN has handled cholera in Haiti. But more of that later. For the present, we rely on the finding of Professor Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur for Poverty and Human Rights, that the actions of the UN were and are “legally indefensible.”
August 12, 2016
Stephen Lewis discusses the recent straw poll in the selection process for the next Secretary-General. [Watch this video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/qtnQAcFbuA0]
August 5, 2016
Stephen Lewis comments on a disturbing trend that threatens the future of the planet.
July 29, 2016
Stephen Lewis comments on the first straw poll and the race to be the next UN Secretary-General.
July 22, 2016
Stephen Lewis reports from the closing of the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.
July 15, 2016
Stephen Lewis comments on the state of HIV/AIDS in advance of the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.
July 8, 2016
Stephen Lewis comments on the Iraq war and government repression of NGOs.
June 30, 2016
Stephen Lewis comments on the fallout from last week's Brexit vote.
June 17, 2016
Stephen Lewis comments on the removal of Saudi Arabia from the latest UN report on Children and Armed Conflict.