Micòl Savia, representative of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers at the United Nations in Geneva, made a statement on cholera accountability at the Human Rights Council’s 27th Session today. In the statement, Savia commends the Special Rapporteur on the human right to water and sanitation for advocating for safe drinking water, sanitation, and justice for victims of violations; and calling attention to UN involvement in Haiti’s cholera epidemic.
Past of the statement is below. Click HERE for the full text.
Item 3: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development – Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the human right to water and sanitation
September 9, 2014
The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), along with its partner, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), warmly welcomes the report presented by the Special Rapporteur on the human right to water and sanitation.
We commend her for the invaluable work she has done over the past six years to raise awareness of the importance of access to safe drinking water and sanitation and to promote respect for this fundamental human right. We also thank her for emphasizing the importance of access to justice for victims in case of violations.
We particularly appreciate the fact that the Special Rapporteur called attention to the cholera epidemic in Haiti and to the UN’s involvement in the outbreak. As she stated in her report, non-state actors, including international organizations, have human rights responsibilities and should be held accountable for their failures, whether they are intentional or unintentional.
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