2014 and 2015 (so far) have been a time of great strides in the fight for cholera justice, from Ban Ki-moon making his first visit to Haiti for cholera, to the first ever Allegation Letter written against the UN–for violating human rights in its response to Haiti’s cholera victims. Our update on these developments was featured in the May issue of the Boston Haitian Reporter.
Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text (page 8).
Men Anpil, Chay Pa Lou: Moving closer to justice for cholera victims
Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, Boston Haitian Reporter
This past year has been an exciting one for the fight for justice for the victims of the UN cholera in
Haiti. Although there is still much work to be done, a network of people and organizations- in Haiti and abroad– joined their hands together to make historic progress towards forcing the UN to install water and sanitation infrastructure in Haiti, compensate the victims and apologize to all Haitians. The next year has the potential for even more progress, but to realize that potential even more people will need to join in.
Background: UN Responsibility for Cholera in Haiti
Cholera appeared in Haiti in October 2010, and has since killed over 8,900 Haitians and sickened over 737,000 others. Even the UN’s own Panel of Experts concluded that the disease was introduced to Haiti through reckless disposal of human waste from a UN peacekeeping base. Despite overwhelming evidence, and a legal obligation to compensate people harmed by its operations, the UN refuses to take responsibility for the epidemic. Meanwhile, the cholera keeps on killing: in the first three months of 2015, the Haitian Government recorded 10,000 new cases, triple the number of cases during the same period last year.
Click HERE for the full text (page 8).