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Editorial: UN’s Failure to Accept Haiti Cholera Responsibility a “Stain”

An editorial on the UN’s lack of action in taking responsibility for the cholera outbreak in Haiti.  Even the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights has openly criticized the United Nations for refusing to accept legal responsibility in the outbreak. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full text. U.N. Watch: Haiti’s cholera stain The Tribune Review November 20, 2016 Six years later, the Haiti cholera epidemic that killed more than 9,000 people is revisited in a new report that calls the United Nations’ refusal to accept responsibility a “disgrace.” The world body’s special rapporteur on poverty and human rights minces no words in blasting the U.N.’s ineffectual response as “morally unconscionable, legally indefensible and politically self-defeating.” Since the 2010 cholera outbreak in the wake of a major earthquake in Haiti, the scientific consensus (apart from the […]

Rethinking methods for effective aid and partnerships in Haiti

Following Hurricane Matthew’s destruction, there has been much conversation about how NGOs and outside groups can give effective aid. In the article below, Devex explains a strategy for giving specific, and therefore effective, aid to Haitians on the ground, and the importance in building a relationship with Haitian institutions. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Q&A: Rethinking effective aid and partnerships in Haiti Amy Lieberman, Devex November 16, 2016   American Jewish World Service is giving $800,000 to Haiti this year, on a “slow and steady spend-down” from its annual $2 million funding level in 2010 that followed the devastating earthquake that hit that year. The international nonprofit supports 450 local human rights and poverty-fighting groups worldwide with a unique funding approach that is deliberately light on direct oversight, says Amber Lynn Munger, an AJWS senior […]

Real UN Cholera Accountability and Ban Ki-moon’s Legacy

For years, the United Nations has hidden behind immunity to dodge accountability for bringing cholera to Haiti. After Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti and exacerbated the cholera problem, WHO/PAHO approved a request from the Haitian Ministry of Health for 1 million doses of cholera vaccine. Meanwhile, the UN continues to struggle to raise funds for its planned package of “material assistance and support” for the cholera victims. The UN and its Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon also have yet to apologize for causing the loss of so many lives and livelihoods through the epidemic. Will Ban finally do so in his last two months as Secretary-General or leave the cholera mess for the next Secretary-General, António Guterres, to clean up? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The UN in Haiti: an adulterated vision of accountability Editorial, The Lancet Global Health […]

Al Jazeera Features Haiti Cholera in Its Anniversary Celebration

Al Jazeera English is celebrating its ten-year anniversary by giving updates on its most memorable documentaries in a series called REWIND. One of those REWIND features is Haiti in a Time of Cholera, which was filmed in 2013 and won an Emmy award in 2014. To update the story, Al Jazeera interviewed IJDH Staff Attorney Beatrice Lindstrom, who is also leading the cholera case and advocacy against the United Nations’ lack of accountability. Some excerpts are below. Click HERE for the full feature. Rewind: Haiti in a Time of Cholera Al Jazeera English November 8, 2016 … What was your reaction when the UN secretary-general finally acknowledged the UN’s role in August 2016? How effective has the UN’s response been for eradicating cholera in Haiti? So far, the UN’s response to cholera has been completely underwhelming. Cholera is a tremendous emergency. […]

How the UN Has Failed to Accept Responsibility for the Cholera Epidemic

Since the outbreak of cholera in Haiti in 2010, the UN has yet to accept legal responsibility for the epidemic, although it is widely accepted in the medical and scientific fields that the presence of UN peacekeeping forces is what caused it.  It took five years for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to admit to the UN’s moral responsibility to Haitians in light of the conflict, and Special Rapporteur Philip Alston comments on the poor legal advice that may have gotten the UN to this point. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full article. Cholera in Haiti: Has Poor Legal Advice Undermined Efforts to Stop the Crisis? Ana S. Ayala, O’Neill Institute November 3, 2016 With only two months left in office, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced a $400 million planto eradicate cholera in Haiti, known as the Haiti Cholera Response Multi-Partner Trust […]

Former UN Staffer Discusses Accountability for Sexual Abuse and Cholera

Célhia de Lavarène, a French journalist who worked for many years at the United Nations, discusses the lack of accountability for sexual abuse by peacekeepers and cholera the UN brought to Haiti. Former UN staffer speaks out about sex abuse scandals France24 November 3, 2016 Click HERE for the original post.

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