This is a bulletin from The International Association of Democratic Lawyers on United Nations activities from July through mid-October 2015. It includes an update on Haiti that focuses on justice for the victims of the UN cholera epidemic.
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IADL United Nations Activities Bulletin – November 2015
Beatrice Lindstrom, International Association of Democratic Lawyers
Justice for Cholera Victims in Haiti
IADL members Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti persist in their fight for justice for the victims of the cholera epidemic in Haiti. Although the epidemic has killed more than 9,000, with more than 751,000 documented infections, the United Nations (UN) still refuses to accept responsibility for introducing the deadly disease, making the need for advocacy all the more urgent. This October marks five years since the UN’s introduction.
To commemorate the lives lost and draw renewed attention to the issue, BAI and IJDH helped launch Face Justice, a campaign that is bringing victims’ voices to the UN through the use of portraits and letters. On October 16, large portraits of cholera survivors were erected outside of UN offices in Port-au-Prince, New York and Geneva. The campaign is an effort to remind the UN that the cholera epidemic affects real people, and is more than just abstract statistics. In conjunction with Face Justice, hundreds of cholera survivors and activists gathered outside the UN in Port-au-Prince on October 15 to call for justice. Selected portraits and testimonials can be read at facejustice.org. Photographs are available at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/uq4d6ku0dofbksd/AAA8UGcSFAOUVnGI4qBSY9tRa?dl=0
Amnesty International also publicly joined the calls for justice, stressing that “[t]he UN must not just wash its hands of the human suffering and pain that it has caused…Failing to take action will only undermine the UN’s credibility and responsibility as a promoter of human rights across the world.” Amnesty’s full statement can be read here: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/amr36/2652/2015/en/
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