Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Summary of third committee UN expert statements on Haiti

The summary below goes into detail on Philip Alston’s, special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, statement, as well as statements and responses of other experts and representatives. The summary and analysis includes discussion of cholera accountability, and the role of powerful member states, like the US, to take clear stances, and to donate generously to the newly established Trust Fund.

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Human Rights to Food, Water, Sanitation Essential for Enjoyment of All Others, Experts Tell Third Committee during Interactive Dialogue

United Nations Meetings Coverage and Press Releases

October 25, 2016

‘Morally Unconscionable’ Approach to Cholera in Haiti, Feeds Belief that Rights of Neediest Can be Trampled, Says Special Rapporteur

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) continued its discussion of human rights today, with six Special Rapporteurs updating on ways to improve respect for the rights to food, water and adequate living standards, especially following the 2010 outbreak of cholera in Haiti that had claimed 10,000 lives.

In one of the strongest calls for the United Nations to live up to its founding values, Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, decried the Organization’s handling of the cholera outbreak as a “disaster” that had reinforced a perception it could “trample with impunity” on the rights of those in need…


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