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UN Statement on Hurricane Matthew Relief

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a statement on the UN’s plan for relief in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew. In the announcement of the relief plan, he also appealed to donors to help fund the plan, emphasizing that the need is urgent. UN appeals for $120 million to launch ‘massive response’ in storm-ravaged Haiti UN News Centre October 10, 2016 10 October 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the launch of a near $120 million appeal to fund United Nations aid activities in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, where the rising death toll coupled with the start of the rainy season has prompted the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to sound the alarm on the threat of waterborne diseases to children living in the worst-affected areas. “Hundreds have died. At least 1.4 million people need assistance at this time. Some […]

86 Prominent Groups and Individuals Demand Cholera Accountability

United Nations peacekeepers caused a deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti in October 2010 but despite about 9,000 deaths and over 700,000 ill, they have yet to be held accountable. At the end of May, cholera victims and their lawyers filed an appeal in their case against the UN seeking accountability for the epidemic. The following week, 86 prominent Haitian American leaders, legal and international scholars and human rights organizations signed six briefs in support of the appeal. These briefs make strong arguments demanding UN accountability and a day in court for cholera victims. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Powerful Legal Coalition Says Haitians Should Be Able to Sue UN for Cholera Outbreak Alex Smith, RYOT June 12, 2015 It’s been over five years since the people of Haiti were rocked by an earthquake that […]

Cholera Appeal Reaches Larger Audiences

As of the latest tally in April 2015, cholera had killed 8,927 Haitians and infected approximately 740,000. The recent appeal filed against a NY Federal Judge in the cholera case is reaching larger audiences, spreading awareness about UN culpability in causing and not effectively recompensing for this 2010 outbreak in Haiti. Click HERE for the full article. Haiti cholera plaintiffs appeal ruling Kim Ives, Liberation June 4, 2015 On May 27, lawyers representing thousands of Haitian cholera victims filed an appeal against Federal Judge J. Paul Oetken’s Jan. 9, 2015, decision that the United Nations is legally immune from prosecution for importing cholera into Haiti and unleashing an epidemic which has killed about 9,000. Lawyers from the Boston-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), the San Francisco-based Center for Law and Global Justice, and the Miami-based firm of […]

Former UN Officials Support Appeal of Cholera Case Dismissal

On January 9, 2015, a NY District Court judge dismissed the Cholera case against the UN, a decision that was subsequently appealed by IJDH. The following Amicus Brief, in support of IJDH’s appeal of the case, was signed by six former UN officials. Click HERE for the full document. Memorandum of Law of Amici Curiae Former United Nations Officials in Support of Plaintiffs-Appellants Howard Schiffman & Daniel L. Greenberg June 3, 2015 Preliminary Statement: Amici respectfully submit this brief in support of Plaintiffs-Appellants’ appeal of the District Court’s dismissal of this action on the grounds that the United Nations (“UN”) is immune from suit in U.S. courts, notwithstanding its failure to offer any redress or process in response to the Haitian cholera victims’ tort claims. Interests of Amici Curiae: Amici are a group of six former senior UN officials with extensive experience […]

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