Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

UN Impunity for Haiti Cholera Weakens Its Credibility

This post chronicles the cholera epidemic in Haiti, from when grassroots organizations first started making noise about it to IJDH; BAI; and law firm Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzelli & Pratt decided to file a suit against the UN, all in hopes of the UN taking responsibility. The post also emphasizes how the UN’s lack of accountability is undermining their goals to promote human rights and the rule of law around the world when the organization itself isn’t respecting human rights. UN Accountability for Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic Ira Kurzban, Beatrice Lindstrom, Shannon Jonsson, AJIL Unbound April 3, 2014 Editor’s note: The following is the second in our series of posts covering a recent panel discussion held at the American Society of International Law’s headquarters in Washington, DC. * * * A lawsuit pending in U.S. courts against the United Nations for its responsibility for […]

Seeking UN Peacekeeper Accountability

This article discusses ways people may bring third-party claims against the UN, the Mothers of Srebrenica and Haiti cholera cases against the UN, and sexual abuse by peacekeepers. Remedies for Harm Caused by UN Peacekeepers Bruce Rashkow, American Society of International Law April 2, 2014 Editor’s note: On February 26 of this year, the American Society of International Law, in cooperation with the United Nations Association-National Capital Area, the American Bar Association Section of International Law, and the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted a panel discussion titled “Remedies for Harm Caused by UN Peacekeepers.” The discussion focused generally on misconduct by UN peacekeepers that may result in harm to third parties and specifically on third-party claims in the context of the cholera epidemic in Haiti (including, for example, allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeeping forces). The following is the first in […]

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