It has now been five years since United Nations (UN) peacekeepers first brought cholera to Haiti and the UN has yet to take responsibility, apologize to the victims, or provide the water and sanitation needed to fight the epidemic. Amnesty International wrote a statement to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging further action. In it, they emphasize that “Failing to take action will only undermine the UN’s credibility and responsibility as a promoter of human rights across the world.”
UN failing cholera victims in Haiti five years after outbreak
October 13, 2015
The United Nations is miserably failing the victims of the cholera epidemic its personnel triggered in Haiti five years ago, with thousands left waiting for access to effective medical treatment and compensation, said Amnesty International.
“The UN must not just wash its hands of the human suffering and pain that it has caused. Setting up general health programmes and sanitation campaigns is important but not enough. What is needed now is a proper investigation into the full extent of the damages caused, and a detailed plan to help those who have fallen victim to this disease and the relatives of those who have died,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.
“Failing to take action will only undermine the UN’s credibility and responsibility as a promoter of human rights across the world.”