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Cholera victims share their grievances to the UN on Human Rights Day

IJDH Staff Attorney, Beatrice Lindstrom relays messages from the Haitian cholera victims to the United Nations. Over 2,000 handwritten letters were brought to the UN on Human Rights Day.

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On Human Rights Day, Haitians Have A Message for the UN

Beatrice Lindstrom, Huffington Post

December 11, 2015

Huff post Letter writting

“It is with great sadness that I write you this letter to remind you that human rights are something that all people must respect no matter how powerful you are.”

So reads the opening line of a letter from Viengeméne Ulisse, one of over 2,000 cholera victims who have handwritten letters to the UN Security Council to demand that the world body take action and provide justice and reparations for the suffering they have experienced due to cholera introduced by UN peacekeepers in 2010.

Viengeméne lives in Thomazeau, Haiti. In May of 2011, he suddenly fell ill with cholera and was hospitalized for eight days. “I learned that it was MINUSTAH that brought this disease to my country. In this sense, I ask the president of the United Nations and all of its allies to compensate us and bring justice and reparations,” he writes.

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