Lawmakers Urge John Kerry to Press U.N. for Haiti Cholera Response, The New York Times, June 29, 2016
Congress Faults Obama for Not Being Tough With UN Over Haiti’s Cholera Crisis, The Guardian, June 29, 2016
Bi-Partisan Congressional Letter to Secretary John Kerry, June 29, 2016
UN could have prevented Haiti cholera epidemic with $2,000 health kit – study, The Guardian, April 14, 2016
Leaked UN report faults sanitation at Haiti bases at time of cholera outbreak, The Guardian, April 5, 2016
Why The U.N. Is Being Sued Over Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic, NPR, March 21, 2016
Cholera Deaths in Haiti Could Far Exceed Official Count, The New York Times, March 18, 2016
Court Hears Suit Against U.N. on Haiti Cholera Outbreak, March 1, 2016
Cholera broke out in Haiti in October 2010, and continues to constitute a grave medical emergency. Overwhelming evidence has established that reckless disposal of human waste by a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping base in Mirebalais poisoned Haiti’s rivers with a particularly deadly strain of cholera bacteria and created the epidemic. Now, despite even UN Special Envoy to Haiti Bill Clinton’s acknowledgment that the UN was the “proximate cause” of the epidemic, the UN continues to refuse to accept responsibility and control cholera in Haiti.
BAI and IJDH represent Haitian victims of cholera in their quest for justice from the UN.
In November 2011, we filed 5,000 claims with the UN, seeking:
A) The installation of a national water and sanitation system that will control the epidemic,
B) Compensation for individual victims of cholera for their losses,
C) A public apology from the United Nations for its wrongful acts
- In February 2013, after 15 months of silence, the UN tersely dismissed the claims in a two-line decision deeming the claims “not receivable.” Since then, their strategy continues to be denial and stonewalling the media.
- On October 9, 2013, BAI, IJDH, and law firm Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzelli & Pratt (KKWT) filed a lawsuit against the UN in NY Federal Court. Click here for a full timeline of the events that led up to this.
- On October 23, 2014 a judge heard oral arguments on the question of UN immunity. On January 9, 2015, the judge dismissed our case.
- On February 12, 2015, we filed a notice of appeal to begin the appeals process. On May 27, 2015, we filed the Plaintiffs’ Principal Appellate Brief. On August 26, 2015, the United States filed an Amicus Curiae Brief in support of affirmance. On September 25, 2015, we filed the Appellants Reply Brief.
- On March 1, 2016, oral arguments were heard before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. We are now awaiting the judges’ decision.
The Cholera Accountability Project (CAP) works with Haitian grassroots groups and international advocates in a broad-based campaign to force the UN to take action to stop the cholera’s killing. Diarrheal disease and lack of safe water are the worst public health problems in Haiti. Our case demands the installation of water and sanitation infrastructure that will control the epidemic and save more than 5,000 lives each year.
Get involved today by:
- Making your voice heard on Twitter by tweeting this.
- Petition to the UN to provide clean water & sanitation in Haiti.
- Donating to support the case.
- Watching and sharing Baseball in the Time of Cholera.