Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

UN Independent Expert Calls for Cholera Claims Commission

July 22, 2014

UN Independent Expert on human rights in Haiti, Gustavo Gallón, recently made strong statements on cholera, renewing his request for a commission for reparations for cholera victims to hear damages, identify those responsible, and stop the epidemic. He also talked about abolishing illiteracy, pre-trial detention, elections, impunity in the justice system (including Duvalier), and the need for durable housing for Internally Displaced Persons. The statement is in French but here’s a translation of the part about cholera (bottom of page 4):

As for cholera, the independent expert noted that the Secretary General of the United Nations visited the country and traveled on 14 July to the Central Plateau, where cholera first appeared. He launched a sanitation campaign there. I hope that this visit will contribute to the implementation of the recommendation I made in my report of March 2014 on the necessity of creating a reparations commission for the victims of cholera, in order to allow the evaluation of damages, corresponding compensation or indemnification, the identification of those responsible, the stopping of the epidemic and other measures. As Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti, I take this opportunity to reiterate this recommendation.

Click HERE to read the statement.

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