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A Call for U.N. Accountability for Cholera in Post-Earthquake Haiti (O’Neill Institute, oneillinstituteblog.org)

J.P. Shuster, O’Neill Institute Research Associate
January 5, 2012

In response to the second anniversary of Haiti’s January 12, 2010 earthquake, this post begins a four-part weekly series that will examine the implications of ongoing efforts to establish U.N. accountability for allegedly causing Haiti’s deadly cholera epidemic in the months following the events of January 12, 2010. This first post was authored by O’Neill Institute Research Associate, J.P. Shuster.

Haiti, which is still very suffering from the devastation of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake of January 2010, now also faces the largest active cholera epidemic in the world. At present, reportedly, the water-born disease has already infected roughly 515,000 people – about five percent of Haiti’s total population – and killed nearly 7,000 people since it was detected last year. And the evidence of U.N. responsibility for the spread of the disease continues to mount. However, despite that finding, the U.N. has refused to acknowledge responsibility or even respond to the BAI/IJDH complaint. As the second anniversary of Haiti’s January 12 earthquake nears, U.N.’s peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known by its acronym MINUSTAH should create the Standing Claims Commission and respond openly to complaints in order to remain faithful to its entrusted duty of protecting and promoting the human rights of Haitians.

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