The International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) of the John Marshall Law School has written a report detailing the UN’s violation of Haitian’s rights by not taking responsibility for the cholera epidemic UN peacekeepers caused there. Along with that report, the IHRC is sending a letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urging him to seek redress for cholera’s victims. The IHRC is accepting organizational signatures until December 9, 2014.
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UN Must Make Amends to Victims of Haiti Cholera Epidemic
John Marshall Law School in International Human Rights Clinic
December 5, 2014
The United Nations must stop refusing to provide remedies to the victims of Haiti’s destructive cholera epidemic. That plea comes from The John Marshall Law School International Human Rights Clinic, whose leaders say that denying proper redress – detailed in an IHRC report – is a violation of the human rights of Haitian victims.
In a letter to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, the IHRC urges the U.N. to seek immediate redress for the victims of the massive cholera epidemic that hit Haiti four years ago. As of October 2014, the official death toll from cholera has risen to 8,647 and the number of those infected has risen to 711,442, according to the IHRC.
“The epidemic is a serious threat to life and a fundamental barrier to the realization of human rights in Haiti, including the rights to life, health, clean water, sanitation, and a healthy environment,” the group writes.
The IHRC is accepting organizational signatures of support to the letter to the U.N. High Commissioner until Dec. 9.
According to a previous IHRC report, extensive evidence shows U.N. peacekeepers allegedly introduced the deadly strain to the country from reckless waste management that leaked into Haiti’s principal river. The U.N. has been unwilling to accept responsibility for its alleged role in the outbreak, and a growing number of human rights advocates are calling on the agency to compensate victims or invest resources to fight the problem.
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