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Activists Force UN to Apologize for Cholera

Activists in Haiti and Boston won a victory when outgoing United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued an apology. In Boston, Charlot Lucien and others collected signatures to deliver to the UN, and others demonstrated at UN headquarters. Executive Director Brian Concannon said BAI’s office in Haiti applauded Ki-moon’s apology, “the sincerity was enough to trump the fact that [the apology] was limited.” Concannon and Haitian activists will continue to keep the UN accountable for its new water and sanitation initiative, which “needs to be fully funded and well executed.” The Boston Globe staff writer Adrian Walker advocates compensation for Haitian victims’ families. Read the original article HERE. Cholera activists force an apology the UN didn’t want to issue by Adrian Walker, Boston Globe December 5th, 2016 Charlot Lucien has been trying to get the United Nations to apologize for years. Like […]

Real work on cholera must follow UN apology

In response to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s apology to Haitians for the cholera outbreak in 2010, many cholera advocates have called for the UN and its member states to demonstrate its commitment to ridding Haiti of cholera through effective action. Brian Concannon underscores this, with a quote that, “words alone, won’t save lives or remove the stain on the UN’s reputation.” After UN apology, real work on cholera in Haiti begins Boston Globe December 2, 2016   The United Nations offered Haiti a lackluster apology this week for its role in a deadly cholera outbreak on the island nation. Donor nations, including the United States, must do better in delivering material relief. Cholera did not exist in Haiti before a group of UN peacekeepers came to the country in 2010 from Nepal, which was in the throes of an […]

UN Takes Important Step Towards Cholera Justice

This article on the UN’s admission of involvement in Haiti’s cholera epidemic highlights IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon and how our work helped make this happen. For almost six years, the United Nations dodged accountability and denied any responsibility for the epidemic that it caused. Now that an Appeals Court has upheld UN immunity, will the UN take the chance to take real action against cholera? What happens next will determine whether or not IJDH has to appeal to the Supreme Court. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Boston activists win important round in battle with United Nations Adrian Walker, Boston Globe August 26, 2016 For years Brian Concannon has battled the United Nations from his office in Andrew Square, yet the significant victory he recently won caught him by surprise. The UN has finally […]

Plan Proposed for Eradicating Cholera from Haiti

Ever since the United Nations began a cholera epidemic in Haiti in 2010, it has been covering that fact up. Now that the UN has finally admitted its involvement, there are steps it can take to stamp out the disease during Haiti’s dry season, before the wet season exacerbates the problem and cholera can claim more lives. These steps have been drafted by one of the epidemiologists who took the lead on uncovering the source of the epidemic. Will the UN heed the advice? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. What the UN must do to wipe out cholera in Haiti Ralph R. Frerichs, Boston Globe August 22, 2016 IT IS NOT enough that the United Nations is finally beginning to acknowledge its involvement in the lethal cholera epidemic in Haiti. Now it must urgently do […]

UN admission of cholera involvement should be a first step

Last week, the United Nations admitted that it was involved in Haiti’s deadly cholera epidemic, for the first time in nearly six years. Advocates praised the admission but also cautioned that it should be a first step towards justice for the cholera victims. Real action needs to be taken to make sure that the epidemic stops infecting and killing Haitians. ——– A note of hope for Haitian cholera epidemic Editorial, Boston Globe August 21, 2016 FOR THE LAST six years, the United Nations has held fast to a deadly and amoral bit of fiction in Haiti. It is now generally settled truth that UN peacekeepers from Nepal introduced a ravaging cholera epidemic to the island in 2010. The genetic evidence, after all, seems incontrovertible: The Nepalese let their sewage flow into a Haitian stream, contaminating it with the vibrio cholerae microbe that causes […]

State Department Needs to Pressure UN to Act on Cholera in Haiti

In this editorial piece, the Boston Globe explores the issue of cholera in Haiti and explicitly pressures the United Nations to compensate victims. Referencing the bipartisan support voiced in a recent Congressional letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, the article poses the United Nations as clearly at fault for the epidemic. Although it states the expansive nature of a water and sanitation project, it sheds light on the minimal efforts exerted by the UN to help end the epidemic. … Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. State Dept. should demand UN take responsibility in Haiti The Boston Globe July 12, 2016 WHEN A BIPARTISAN group in Congress can agree on something, it’s worth noting. Especially when these lawmakers are pushing for action to save innocent lives and help the victims of a raging public […]

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