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The United Nations Material Assistance to Survivors of Cholera in Haiti: Consulting Survivors and Rebuilding Trust, October 2017

Congresswoman Waters Urges United Nations to Commit Resources to Eradicate Cholera in Haiti, June 2013

IJDH and John Marshall Law School: Cholera as a Grave Violation of the Right to Water in Haiti, February 2014

ICCPR Violations in the Context of the Cholera Epidemic in Haiti, September 2014

Audit of waste management in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, June 30, 2015

Strategies to Prevent Cholera Introduction during International Personnel Deployments: A Computational Modeling Analysis Based on the 2010 Haiti Outbreak, January 2016

Cholera in Haiti: Epidemic and Fight History Prospects and Recommendations, Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Marseille, July 2016

Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, August 2016 (Français, Español)

IJDH, AIDS-Free World, HALEC, EJIH, HD3: Violations of human rights related to the ongoing cholera epidemic, October 31-November 11, 2016


Yale Law School et al., “Peacekeeping Without Accountability- The United Nations’ Responsibility for the Haitian Cholera Epidemic“, 2013

Frédéric Mégret, “La Responsabilité des Nations Unies aux temps du choléra“, 2013

Legal Analysis of UN Responsibility

Final Report of the Independent Panel of Experts on the Cholera Outbreak in Haiti, 2011

Renaud Piarroux et al., Understanding the Cholera Epidemic, Haiti, Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2011

Deborah Jenson et al., “Cholera in Haiti and Other Caribbean Regions, 19th Century“, 2011

Rene S. Hendrikson et al., “Population Genetics of Vibrio Cholerae from Nepal in 2010: Evidence on the Origin of the Haitian Outbreak“, 2011

Chen-San Chin et al., “The Origin of the Haitian Cholera Outbreak Strain“, 2011

Ralph R. Freirichs et al., “Nepalese Origin of Cholera Epidemic in Haiti“, 2012

Daniele Lantagne et al., “The Cholera Outbreak in Haiti: Where and how did it begin?“, 2013.

Scientific Reports on the Source of Cholera

Physicians for Haiti, Report Card Finds the Most Effective, No-Cost UN Recommendations for Cholera in Haiti Remain Unimplemented Two Years Later, April 2013

CEPR: Cholera: Two Years On, and the UN Has Yet to Take Responsibility, October 2012

Partners in Health, The Cholera Vaccine Campaign: An Update from Dr. Louise Ivers, July 2012

Physicians for Haiti, MINUSTAH’s Role in Reintroducing Cholera into Haiti, April, 2012

Mark Schuller, Is It Time for MINUSTAH to Leave? , February 2012

CEPR, MINUSTAH by the Numbers, December 2011

OCHA, Haiti: Cholera – Funding and Needs, December 2011


UN Policies on Medical Cholera Prevention – Timeline, January 2016

Thousands of Cholera Victims Write Letters to the UN, December 10, 2015

UN Independent Expert and four Special Rapporteurs write to Ban Ki-moon on access to justice, October 23, 2015

154 Haitian-American Groups and Leaders Express Outrage at US and UN: Open Letter Calls for Just Response to Cholera in Haiti, July 9, 2015

Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic and Its Implications for UN Peacekeeping: For Consideration by the UN High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, February 2015

77 Congresspersons Ask Ban Ki-moon for Due Process for Cholera Victims, December 19, 2014

UN Mandate Holders’ Public Statements on Remedy, December 5, 2014

Lawyers Call UN Secretary-General Ban’s Responses to Haiti Cholera Victims and U.S. Congress an “Outrage” (Creole version here), July 2013

Human Rights Groups Welcome UN Initiative on Haiti Cholera, Call for Immediate Action to Provide Justice to Victims, December 2012

Letter to the UN Secretary-General on Cholera in Haiti (Spanish & French) , November 2012

Civil Society Groups Appeal to UN Secretary-General for Response to Haiti Cholera Claims, November 2012

Justice Groups Urge UN Human Rights Official Visiting Haiti to Examine Rights, August 2012

Human Rights Groups and NGOs Support Congressional Call for UN Response to Cholera, July 2012

Plus de 5,000 Haïtiens Victimes du Choléra ont porté plainte contre l’ONU/MINUSTAH afin d’obtenir Justice et Réparation, November 2011

Video & Multimedia

6-minute video mes­sage

1-minute video message

May 8, 2013 Press Conference in response to UN dismissal

Podcast: Meet the man who’s suing the United Nations for bringing cholera to Haiti

CAP is proud to be fea­tured in Base­ball in the Time of Cholera, an award-winning film that was released online July 12, 2012. The filmfol­lows Joseph, a young Hait­ian base­ball player, and BAI Man­ag­ing Attor­ney Mario Joseph, who is fight­ing for jus­tice for cholera vic­tims. As the epi­demic spreads, the two sto­ries inter­sect in the strug­gle for sur­vival and justice.

“Base­ball in the Time of Cholera” Please join IJDH vol­un­teers through­out North Amer­ica in sup­port­ing the fight for jus­tice for Haiti’s cholera vic­tims by host­ing a screen­ing of the award-winning film Base­ball in the Time of Cholera. Click HERE to find out more. 

Select Press Coverage

After Hurricane Matthew, UN cholera threatens Haiti, October 2016

President Privert Answers the Call of Cholera Victims in U.N. General Assembly Address, September 2016

UN Chief Issues Historic Statement on Haiti Cholera, As Experts Call For A Robust UN Response to Victims, September 2016

UN Admits Role in Haiti Cholera – Media Coverage, August 2016

Lawmakers Urge John Kerry to Press U.N. for Haiti Cholera Response, June 2016

Cholera Deaths in Haiti Could Far Exceed Official Count, March 2016

Court Hears Suit Against U.N. on Haiti Cholera Outbreak, March 2016

Haiti Cholera Victims Want Justice from the UN, October 2015

UN Special Rapporteurs Send Cholera Accusation Letter to the Secretary General, April 2015

UN Cholera Plan for Haiti Must Choose Justice Over Charity, February 2015

77 Congresspersons Urge UN to Provide Settlement Mechanism for Cholera Victims and their Families, December 2014

There’s an Epidemic on Trial in New York — But It’s Not Ebola, October 2014

Haiti cholera victims get a hearing in U.S. court, October 2014

Secretary General in Haiti for Cholera “Photo-op” as Transparency Questions Continue to Dog the UN, July 2014

U.N. Chief Served Papers in Suit by Haitian Victims, Lawyers Say, June 2014

The UN is not above the law, March 2014

Local nonprofit up against the UN for Haiti, February 2014

Immediate Press Coverage of Suit Filed Against the UN on October 9, 2013

UN Official Pushes Compensation for Haiti Victims, October 2013

Haiti PM: United Nations has moral responsibility in Haiti cholera outbreak, September 2013

St Vincent’s Gonsalves Urges UN to Apologize For Bringing Cholera to Haiti, September 2013

Why can’t anyone sue the United Nations?, September 2013

L’Onu en grave conflit de droits en Haïti, August 2013

United Nations must admit its role in Haiti’s cholera outbreak, August 2013

Haiti cholera epidemic caused by UN, say experts, July 2013

U.N. Faces Suit over Haitian Cholera Deaths, May 2013

United Nations Denies Justice to Haiti Cholera Victims UN announces legal claims “not receivable” after 15 months of silence, February 2013

UN Response to Haiti Cholera Complaint “Represents a Failure of the UN System,” CEPR Co-Director Says, February 2013

UN Peacekeepers to blame for 7,500 cholera deaths in devastated Haiti: public health expert, October 2012

Justice Groups Urge UN Human Rights Official Visiting Haiti to Examine Rights Implications of the UN Cholera Epidemic, August 2012

Security Council Members, Clinton Break with UN’s Policy of Denial on Cholera, March 2012

UN Must Take Responsibility for Haiti Cholera Outbreak, February 2012

Haitian Victims of UN Cholera Tell UN: “Universal Means Haitians Too”, December 2011

FAQs about the UN’s respon­si­bil­ity and IJDH’s case.




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