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IJDH’s Beatrice Lindstrom Featured By NYU Law for Cholera Work

This article features IJDH’s Beatrice Lindstrom, the attorney who has been arguing the cholera case against the United Nations in court. When cholera initially broke out in Haiti, the UN origin was so obvious that Beatrice and others expected the organization to take responsibility and immediately begin addressing the problem. Six years later, the UN is only just beginning to admit responsibility and form a new strategy to eliminate cholera. Meanwhile, we have to decide whether to appeal the cholera case in the Supreme Court. Beatrice hopes that the UN plan will be fair enough not to merit this action. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Beatrice Lindstrom ’10 advocates for cholera victims in Haiti NYU Law News October 18, 2016 When Beatrice Lindstrom ’10 decided to become a human rights lawyer, she says, “suing the […]

Advocates Denounce UN Chief’s Failure to Acknowledge Responsibility for Cholera

  Contact: Sienna Merope-Synge, Port-au-Prince, +509-4875-3444, (English, French, Creole) Mario Joseph, Port-au-Prince, +509-3701-9879, (Creole, French, English) Beatrice Lindstrom, New York, +1-404-217-1302; (English, French, Creole)   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Advocates Denounce UN Chief’s Failure to Acknowledge Responsibility for Cholera Ban Visits Haiti Amidst Surging Cholera Outbreak in Hurricane-Ravaged South (BOSTON, NEW YORK, PORT-AU-PRINCE, October 15, 2016)–Advocates for victims of the UN-caused cholera epidemic in Haiti expressed shock that the Secretary-General did not acknowledge responsibility for introducing the epidemic while explaining his much-heralded “new approach” to cholera while in Haiti today. “It is outrageous for the Secretary-General to come to Haiti, see how much we are suffering, and once again refuse to acknowledge what everybody in Haiti knows that he knows to be a scientific fact,” said Mario Joseph, Managing Attorney of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, which has […]

Expectation of fresh cholera outbreak after Hurricane Matthew

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, officials and experts discuss and examine what the short and long term impacts will be. IJDH’s Beatrice Lindstrom discusses the major role cholera will play as time progresses and many are left without adequate treatment. Haiti faces fresh cholera outbreak after Hurricane Matthew, aid agencies fear Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian October 14, 2016   Cholera is surging in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew fouled wells, flooded rivers and latrines and forced survivors to drink contaminated storm water – even in regions that have received some deliveries of emergency aid. Less than two weeks after the earthquake, at least 200 suspected new cases of cholera have been detected in the country, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which is sending 1m cholera vaccines to Haiti at the end of this week. Aid agencies fear that without […]

Even After Cholera Epidemic, UN Continued Poor Sanitation In Other Countries Too

A recently-publicized audit revealed that years after causing the cholera epidemic in Haiti, the United Nations continued poor sanitation practices not just in Haiti but in other missions around the world. This, “despite the known risks and the lessons learned from Haiti, where at least 10,000 people have died from cholera and hundreds of thousands have been sickened.” The audits revealing these sanitation practices were found with some effort and it is unclear whether the problems were ever addressed in many of the missions. IJDH’s Beatrice Lindstrom comments on the gravity of this situation. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Poor Sanitation Persisted at U.N. Missions Long After Haiti Cholera Crisis Rick Gladstone, The New York Times August 20, 2016 Years after medical studies linked the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti to infected United Nations peacekeepers, the organization’s auditors […]

Signs of Cholera Justice Starting to Come from the UN

Though the United Nations’ admission of involvement in Haiti’s cholera epidemic isn’t as strong as it could or should be, it still marks a turning point in the UN’s response to the epidemic. This admission comes along with many other important steps that build pressure for justice for Haiti’s cholera victims, including a few reports showing that the UN was responsible and continued poor sanitation practices years into the epidemic, and a statement from a UNn spokesman promising the revelation of a set of new actions against cholera in coming months. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Cholera In Haiti: Court Says Victims Can’t Sue, But U.N. Promises Amends Richard Knox, CommonHealth/WBUR August 19, 2016 In 2010, United Nations peacekeeper forces infected with cholera unleashed a devastating outbreak of the disease in Haiti. So far the epidemic […]

Second Circuit Court Upholds UN Immunity in Cholera Case

On the same day that those who care about Haiti were celebrating the United Nations’ admission of responsibility in Haiti’s cholera epidemic, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decided to uphold UN immunity in the same epidemic. The panel of three judges who decided the case argued that even though the UN provided cholera victims no chance to seek justice, it is still entitled to immunity. A UN spokesman has promised that the UN will “do much more” for cholera victims, and that new actions will be presented in two months. The plaintiffs in this case have 90 days to decide whether to appeal to the Supreme Court. If those actions really are taken, Beatrice Lindstrom, the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs, says another appeal will be unnecessary. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full […]

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