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UN Should Respect Cholera Victims on Human Rights Day

By denying responsibility and dodging accountability for the cholera epidemic its peacekeepers brought to Haiti, the United Nations is denying the victims justice. The John Marshall Law School and 60 human rights groups sent a letter to the UN High Commissioner asking him to call for remedies for cholera victims. What better time to do so than on International Human Rights Day?

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UN Should Honor Human Rights Day With Amends to Haitian Cholera Victims

John Marshall Law School International Human Rights Clinic
December 10, 2014

Today, Human Rights Day should be when the United Nations starts righting the wrongs done to hundreds of thousands of Haitian cholera victims who have been deprived of justice by the international organization. That’s according to the International Human Rights Clinic at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

The IHRC leads a group of nearly 60 supporters from around the world in calling on the U.N. to stop refusing remedies to the victims of Haiti’s destructive cholera epidemic. Denying proper redress, IHRC leaders assert, 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 group.

“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 IHRC and its supporting organizations  write to High Commissioner Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein.

 

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