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Advocacy helped win cholera justice, but more needs to be done

This article outlines the cholera epidemic in Haiti in terms of the advocacy around justice for the victims and our accompanying lawsuit in U.S. courts. After years of downplaying its responsibility for causing the epidemic and dodging accountability, then-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon finally apologized to Haitians on December 1, 2016. The UN also promised a new $400 million plan to address the epidemic and provide material assistance to the victims but more remains to be done: The money needs to truly be made available while consultations with the victims occur to ensure that their needs are finally met. The UN must take better precautions to ensure that something similar doesn’t happen again in the future. And the UN must accept legal responsibility for the epidemic, as a means to ensure that justice will finally be served. Part of the article is […]

Seoul Daily Paper Criticizes Ban Ki-moon, Especially for Cholera

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently stated that he would “burn his own body” if it would help Korea but his indecisive record at the United Nations makes many people doubt that. With the cholera epidemic in Haiti especially, Ban received major criticism for apologizing six years after the UN caused the epidemic. This, despite a UN expert panel establishing the UN fault in 2011 and everyone from cholera victims to UN experts criticizing the lack of UN response for several years. With Ban’s eye now on the Korean presidency, as his UN term has ended, many believe that the belated apology was really just an attempt to erase the cholera stain from Ban Ki-moon’s UN legacy. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. [Correspondent’s column] Is Ban Ki-moon really willing to burn his own body? Yi Yong-in, The Hankyoreh January […]

Can apology without admitting fault clear Ban Ki-moon’s legacy?

On December 1,before the United Nations General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon finally apologized for the UN’s role in the cholera epidemic in Haiti. It was a major moment and much-needed in an effort to salvage Ban’s legacy before he (likely) goes on to run for president of his home South Korea. But the carefully-worded apology didn’t include an acknowledgment of the UN’s fault in the epidemic. A current and a former UN official say that without that, it will be very difficult for the UN to raise funds to support cholera elimination and Ban’s legacy may not be saved after all. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. With an Eye on South Korea’s Presidency, Ban Ki-moon Seeks to Burnish his U.N. Legacy Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy December 28, 2016 On Jan. 15, 2016, Australian lawyer Philip […]

American Public Health Association Urges UN Accountability for Cholera

Recognizing the serious consequences of poor water and sanitation in Haiti in regards to the cholera epidemic, the American Public Health Association (APHA) urges the United Nations to make funding for the National Plan against cholera its top priority. Without proper water and sanitation, cholera will continue to infect and kill Haitians endlessly. Given the UN’s responsibility for the epidemic by ignoring common knowledge of Haiti’s poor infrastructure and carelessly dumping its waste in Haiti in 2010, it is up to the UN to oversee the plan and make sure it’s fully funded. The abstract is below. Click HERE for the full article. The United Nations’ Accountability for its Role in the Haitian Cholera Epidemic American Public Health Association November 1, 2o16 Decades of neglect of water and sanitation infrastructure have left the Haitian population vulnerable to outbreaks of waterborne illness. […]

Spend 3 Minutes Celebrating Justice for Cholera Victims

Dear Friend, 1. Press play. 2. Pat yourself on the back. 3. Smile!   Sincerely, Kermshlise Picard Communications Coordinator  

How UN’s New Cholera Elimination Plan Began with Haitians

Although Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s apology for the United Nations’ role in Haiti’s cholera apology is a major improvement in the UN’s response, there are questions about the UN’s new cholera elimination plan. For one, it doesn’t seem much different from the plan the Haitian government had already announced two years before. Even Ban’s op-ed regarding the plan echoes ideas previously proposed by Haitian public health advocates. The advocate who wrote this article emphasizes the importance of remembering where the cholera elimination work began. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The Problem with Ban Ki-Moon’s Plan for Cholera in Haiti Kenny Moise, Woy Magazine December 21, 2016 Lately, a spotlight has been placed on the United Nations in Haiti. Outgoing Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon has delivered pivotal statements at the General Assembly and via the Miami Herald […]

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