IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon and Staff Attorney Beatrice Lindstrom accept the Zanmi Ayiti Award, which was awarded to the Cholera Justice Network in recognition of their participation in the successful campaign against impunity and their support for justice for the victims of cholera in Haiti.
IJDH and BAI have demonstrated years of commitment to pursuing legal remedies for cholera victims, advocating for Haitians’ rights, mobilizing individuals, and putting pressure on the United Nations to admit their responsibility and take action. Six years after a contingent United Nations (UN) peacekeepers from Nepal introduced cholera into Haiti and created a deadly epidemic by contaminating the country’s water supply, then Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon admitted their role and announced a New Approach to prevent further infections and give reparations to victims.
Over 10,000 Haitians have died from cholera, and thousands have been battling the deadly disease. Since the UN’s apology, IJDH and BAI have continued to press UN to assist in eradicating cholera in the country. The organizations will continue to accompany the victims until the UN’s promises are met and cholera is no longer a threat for the Haitian population.