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BAI/IJDH Cholera Case Featured in IADL Bulletin

BAI and IJDH’s work on cholera accountability is the focus of the Haiti section in a recent UN activities bulletin. The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) recently published their July 2015 United Nations Activities Bulletin and Annexes. The bulletin includes updates on Haiti, Togo, Geneva, New York and Vienna.

Part of the bulletin is below. Click HERE for the full text.

Click HERE for the annex.

United Nations Activities Bulletin

International Association of Democratic Lawyers

July 2015

IADL members, led by the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and its U.S.-based affiliate, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), are continuing the fight for justice on behalf of victims of the deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti. The epidemic, which persists to this day, has recently worsened, yet the United Nations has continued to refuse to take responsibility for the outbreak. The need for justice for the victims continues to be an urgent issue, but a number of pivotal developments since October 2014 give us ample reason to hope for a just outcome.

With the help of IADL, IJDH and BAI have been engaged in significant advocacy efforts on behalf of cholera victims. Thanks in part to IADL Representative Micòl Savia laying important groundwork with the UN Human Rights mechanisms in Geneva, especially former Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation, four UN independent human rights experts submitted a Letter of Allegation to the Secretary-General on the human rights violations stemming from the cholera outbreak. This groundbreaking communication—it is the first time a Letter of Allegation has been sent to the UN rather than a state— requested clarification on the victims’ attempts to access remedies. Notably, the experts expressed “serious concern that to this date, allegedly, individuals affected by the cholera outbreak have been denied access to legal remedies and have not received compensation.” The UN responded with a 34-page letter that failed to address the central issue of access to remedies and justice for the victims.


Click HERE for the full bulletin.

Click HERE for the annex.

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