Canada Haiti Action Network (CHAN)
November 8, 2011
Five thousand Haitian victims of the cholera epidemic have today undertaken legal action against the United Nations. The following press release on this subject was sent to media across Canada this morning. Below is a published Associated Press/CBS News story based on the release.
**Read the 37-page “Petition for Relief” submitted by the 5,000 Haitian cholera complainants. It constitutes their legal case for remedial action. The petition is attached here, or you can access it here: http://ijdh.org/archives/22916.
The Boston-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) is one of the legal offices prosecuting the case on behalf of the victims. You can listen to or watch an exclusive, seven minute interview with IJDH Director Brian Concannon which aired on Democracy Now today, November 8: http://www.democracynow.org/shows/2011/11/8.
The Democracy Now story briefly hears from former U.S. president Jimmy Carter. He is in Haiti on behalf of Habitat for Humanity and says he is disturbed by the slow pace of recovery and reconstruction in Haiti. “I don’t see any evidence of building homes for poor people in Haiti,” Carter told journalists. He says he intends to share his observations with political leaders upon his return to the U.S.
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