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REDRESS Report: How the UN Should Address Cholera

REDRESS has recently published a report the provides concrete options for responding to the cholera outbreak in Haiti. The organization is an international human rights non-profit that seeks to obtain justice for victims of harm and suffering. This report provides several channels to combat the outbreak including compensation of losses, victim rehabilitation, environmental remediation to eliminate the disease, acknowledgement of wrongdoing, and guarantees of non-repetition.

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Responding to the Introduction of Cholera to Haiti: Policy Options


June 21st, 2016

I. Introduction

The purpose of this paper is to provide concrete options for responses to the introduction of cholera to Haiti, which reflect international law and standards on reparations applicable to the current context. The paper seeks to draw attention to comparative case studies and best practice approaches that may be helpful to those engaged in finding appropriate responses.

REDRESS is an international human rights organisation with a mandate to assist survivors of torture and related international crimes to obtain justice and other forms of reparation for the harm suffered.1 REDRESS is contributing this analysis on the basis of its expertise in devising and analysing redress mechanisms in a variety of contexts in different parts of the world and its understanding of the range of procedural and other practical challenges associated with developing, agreeing to and implementing complex reparations programmes involving numerous victims and other stakeholders.

The bulk of the paper explains the principles which should guide the policy and other responses and explains in detail the most crucial aspects of a comprehensive response. Each of these aspects is explained in turn, considering the rationale, the operational challenges and providing where applicable, examples of past practice.

The paper is not intended to serve as a blueprint for a reparations framework. In contrast, the overarching purpose is to assist those engaging in discussions to have a better understanding on the relevant concepts and challenges so that such discussions are as practical as possible. The paper also helps identify certain processual steps, such as how to progress consultations with victims and the wider affected communities on remedies and related justice responses and areas which may warrant further data collection to determine the full extent of economic losses.

II. Background

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