Professor Ulysse calls into question the U.N.’s deflection of responsibility concerning the cholera epidemic, recounting Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s benevolent narrative as a guise for a larger threat. In mentioning commentary by journalist Jonathan M. Katz and law actions by IJDH, her personal piece draws upon the perception of the United Nations as hypocritical, juxtaposing its mandate and its actions.
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30 Thousand Haitian Lives Lost to U.N. Cholera
Gina Athena Ulysse, Huffington Post
June 6, 2016
While some claim the U.N. official’s promise to fully commit to ensuring the organization fulfills its human rights obligations concerning the cholera epidemic in Haiti as a potential breakthrough, I remain rather reserved with tremendous trepidation because, to use an old cliché, actions speak louder than words.
I am not a pessimist. Far from it, but the fact remains that the United Nations has yet to take the step most crucial to rectify this problem for which they are responsible. Until the organization assumes full liability for the disease brought into the fragile republic by their peacekeepers, any promise is empty. Accountability remains elusive and Haitians, once again, are left alone to bear the brunt of the burden of another catastrophe that is not of their causing.
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