Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haitian-Americans’ Amicus Brief Supports Cholera Case Appeal

Although the United Nations (UN) was responsible for a cholera outbreak that began in Haiti in 2010, it has yet to provide a method for the victims to settle their claims. In January 2015, a US judge dismissed our case against the UN, upholding the UN’s immunity. We appealed the decision on May 27, 2015. 11 Haitian-American civil society organizations have submitted the amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief below in support of our appeal. Click HERE for the full document. BRIEF OF HAITIAN-AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS-APPELLANTS AND SUPPORTING REVERSAL Emmanuel Coffy June 3, 2015 INTEREST OF THE AMICI CURIAE Amici1 are civil society organizations representing Haitian-Americans in the United States, some of whose family members were afflicted by the cholera outbreak that is the basis of the current lawsuit.2 Together, Amici possess firsthand knowledge of the Haitian-American community and current […]

Constitutional Law Scholars and Practitioners Support Cholera Appeal

Since the United Nations (UN) caused a deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti in 2010, it has used its immunity to avoid accountability for the epidemic. Cholera victims and their lawyers are now appealing a US court’s decision to uphold UN immunity in their case against the UN. Below is an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in support of the appeal, signed by six Constitutional Law Scholars and Practitioners, including the author of the brief. Click HERE for the full document. BRIEF OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW SCHOLARS AND PRACTITIONERS AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS-APPELLANTS AND SUPPORTING REVERSAL Steven D. Schwinn June 3, 2015   INTERESTS OF AMICI CURIAE Prospective amici curiae are scholars and practitioners of United States Constitutional law.1 Together, Amici have substantial experience researching, publishing, teaching, and litigating in the field of Constitutional law, particularly on the constitutional right […]

BAI/IJDH and Cholera Victims Appeal Court’s Dismissal of Their Case

In October 2010, United Nations (UN) peacekeepers caused a deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti. Although over 8,000 Haitians have died of the disease and over 700,000 have been sickened, the UN has provided no method for cholera victims and their families to make claims and seek redress. Cholera victims and their lawyers had a hearing of their case against the UN in October 2014 but the judge dismissed the case on the grounds that the UN can’t be sued. In the brief below (just the intro is included), cholera victims and their lawyers appeal the judge’s decision. Click HERE for the full document. Principal Appellate Brief of Plaintiffs May 27, 2015 INTRODUCTION This case presents an issue of first impression for U.S. courts: whether the United Nations (“UN”) may benefit from immunity under the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities […]

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