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UN Expert Gallón Publicly Demands Cholera Compensation

Un Independent Expert Gustavo Gallón, in a recent report on the human rights situation in Haiti, called for compensation of the cholera victims and punishment for those responsible. The UN still continues to deny responsibility for the epidemic. Senior UN expert calls for Haiti cholera compensation BBC March 2, 2014 A UN-appointed expert has publicly disagreed with the world body and called for “full compensation” for the victims of a cholera epidemic in Haiti. Gustavo Gallon also said in his report that “those responsible” for the outbreak should be punished. Mr Gallon is a UN-appointed expert on human rights in Haiti. Evidence suggests UN peacekeepers introduced cholera to Haiti in 2010, but the world body has rejected compensation claims. The outbreak – which has killed more than 8,300 people and infected hundreds of thousands – has been blamed on leaking […]

UN ‘Should Take Blame For Haiti cholera’ – US House Members

Mark Doyle, BBC News July 20, 2012 Haiti’s cholera epidemic has claimed the lives of more than 7,000 people. More than 100 Democrats from the US House of Representatives have called on the UN to take responsibility for introducing cholera to Haiti. It is the latest twist in the allegation that UN peacekeepers unwittingly introduced the disease. The United Nations’ envoy to Haiti, Bill Clinton, has accepted UN soldiers may have brought cholera. But with more than 7,000 deaths so far, the UN said tackling the disease is more important than attributing blame. Outbreak source In a letter to the US Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, the 104 members of Congress stated clearly: “Cholera was brought to Haiti due to the actions of the UN.” They call on Ms Rice to pressure the UN to “confront and ultimately eliminate” the […]

Switzerland Blocks Funds of Haiti Ex-Leader Duvalier (BBC News)

By. BBC News 1 February 2011 Switzerland has blocked funds held in Swiss bank accounts by Haiti’s former leader Jean-Claude Duvalier under a law that has just come into force. The funds of some $6m (£3.7m) were frozen in 1986 after Mr Duvalier was ousted as Haitian president. Last year, a Swiss court ruled that the money be returned to him but the Bern government sought a new law covering the restitution of the money to Haiti. Mr Duvalier last month made a surprise return to Haiti from exile. He has been charged with theft and misappropriation of funds during his 1971-1986 rule and is also being sued for torture and other crimes against humanity. Mr Duvalier, also known as “Baby Doc”, has denied any wrongdoing. The new law took effect in Switzerland on 1 February, governing the “freezing, forfeiture and […]

Haiti jail reveals chaos behind quake breakout (BBC News)

Mark Doyle, BBC News March 17, 2010 The ceiling of the chapel is festooned with hammocks and plastic bottles When I first entered the chapel of worship inside Haiti’s main national penitentiary – or central jail – I found it difficult to make sense of the sight before me. The ceiling was inexplicably festooned with plastic bags and scraps of cloth. I had obtained access to the prison to investigate the aftermath of the mass jailbreak that occurred during the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on 12 January. More than 4,000 prisoners broke out of the central prison when the walls cracked and the prison guards fled to their homes to see if their families were alive. About 1,000 more fled from regional jails which suffered a similar fate. “It’s certainly one of the largest prison escapes of recent history,” […]

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