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Private: Advocacy Works: IJDH and BAI Keep Pushing for Cholera Justice


On December 1, 2016—World AIDS Day—then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon made a landmark announcement; Ban apologized for the UN’s role in causing Haiti’s cholera outbreak. Former IJDH legal fellow Adam Houston explains how the IJDH and BAI’s advocacy and legal efforts pushed the cholera UN to apologize publicly for causing the epidemic after years of denial. 

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UNstoppable: How Advocates Persevered in the Fight for Justice for Haitian Cholera Victims 

Adam Houston, Health and Human Rights Journal

June 6, 2017

In 2016, December 1st—already an occasion to highlight the importance of health and human rights as World AIDS Day—took on new significance as a landmark in one of the highest-profile health and human rights cases of the 21st century. This was the day that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon finally issued an apology on behalf of the organization for its role in causing the Haitian cholera epidemic that has claimed close to 10,000 lives and made another 800,000 fall ill.1 This simple apology is something that victims of the epidemic have been waiting to hear for years, ever since cholera-infected feces from a United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) peacekeeping base were allowed to enter the river system relied on by tens of thousands of Haitians back in October 2010. That the apology took this long to receive highlights the struggles that advocates continue to face in getting the UN to make things right for victims of the epidemic.


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