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Philip Alston calls Haiti cholera scandal ‘the UN’s Watergate’

Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, released a scathing report to the UN on October 24, 2016. Alston argues that the clear evidence pointing to the UN’s responsibility for bringing cholera to Haiti, and its subsequent refusal to admit culpability, is a scandal comparable to Watergate. Alston calls the UN’s legal position, recommended by its Office of Legal Affairs, “morally unconscionable, legally indefensible, and politically self-defeating.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti cholera scandal ‘the UN’s Watergate’, says body’s own human rights adviser Sam Ball, FRANCE24 October 26, 2016 (Video from original article.)   The UN’s refusal to accept responsibility for bringing cholera to Haiti six years ago, leading to the deaths of more than 9,000 people, is a scandal on the same scale as Watergate, the organisation’s […]

Questions over funding source for UN cholera compensation plan

Supporters of cholera accountability in Haiti were given good news recently, as the UN announced its plan to treat, eliminate, and compensate for cholera in Haiti. While this announcement has been deemed a big step in the right direction by many, major questions persist over where this proposed $400 million will come from. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN Approves Haiti Cholera Compensation Plan. But Who Will Actually Pay for It? Mark Leon Goldberg, UN Dispatch October 26, 2016   The United Nations has agreed to compensate the victims of Haiti’s cholera outbreak as part of a $400 million aid package that also includes the goal of eradicating cholera from the country. The decision comes six years after Nepalese UN Peacekeepers likely introduced a deadly cholera strain to the country through improper sanitation practices at […]

Philip Alston statement on UN responsibility for cholera in Haiti

In a statement in front of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, Philip Alston, special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, called on the UN to revisit the flawed legal advice it received in 2013 from its Office of Legal Affairs on how to deal with incoming claims of legal responsibility for the cholera outbreak. Alston also calls on UN Member States to back up their words of sympathy for Haiti’s cholera victims by generously donating to a recently-established Trust Fund purposed for materially assisting Haitians and for intensifying efforts to eliminate the disease. His statement even includes a shout out to BAI and IJDH for keeping up the fight for cholera justice! An excerpt from the statement is posted below. Click HERE for the full statement. Statement by Professor Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and […]

UN’s expert calls its handling of cholera ‘a disgrace’

The United Nation’s Human Rights Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Philip Alston, release a report to the UN General Assembly criticizing its decision to follow what he calls “flawed and unfounded” legal advice, preventing them from accepting legal responsibility of the cholera outbreak in 2010. The Guardian’s Ben Quinn explains and analyzes the report in the article below. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN’s own expert calls its actions over Haiti cholera outbreak ‘a disgrace’ Ben Quinn, The Guardian October 25th, 2016   The United Nations’ refusal to accept responsibility for the devastating cholera outbreak that has claimed more than 9,000 lives in Haiti has been branded a “disgrace” by the organisation’s own human rights special rapporteur. Human rights groups working with victims had reacted with jubilation earlier this year following […]

Déclaration de l’expert indépendant du conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies sur Haïti

Mr. Gustavo Gallón, expert indépendant du conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies, a publié une déclaration sur l’état des droits de l’homme en Haïti. Sa déclaration couvre un grand nombre de questions troublantes en Haïti, comme des dommages après l’ouragan Matthew, problèmes de santé mentale, épidémie de choléra et de la responsabilité des Nations Unies, l’état des prisons en Haïti, reparations, l’analphabétisme, et violence contre les personnes LGBTI. CONFÉRENCE DE PRESSE MR. GUSTAVO GALLÓN EXPERT INDÉPENDANT DU CONSEIL DES DROITS DE L’HOMME DES NATIONS UNIES SUR LA SITUATION DES DROITS DE L’HOMME EN HAÏTI Logan Abassi, MINUSTAH Octobre 25, 2016   Port-au-Prince Mesdames et messieurs, Permettez-moi, tout d’abord, de réitérer l’expression de mes sentiments de solidarité avec les victimes de l’ouragan Matthew et avec le peuple Haïtien dans son ensemble qui a été soumis à cette nouvelle catastrophe le […]

Summary of third committee UN expert statements on Haiti

The summary below goes into detail on Philip Alston’s, special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, statement, as well as statements and responses of other experts and representatives. The summary and analysis includes discussion of cholera accountability, and the role of powerful member states, like the US, to take clear stances, and to donate generously to the newly established Trust Fund. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Human Rights to Food, Water, Sanitation Essential for Enjoyment of All Others, Experts Tell Third Committee during Interactive Dialogue United Nations Meetings Coverage and Press Releases October 25, 2016 ‘Morally Unconscionable’ Approach to Cholera in Haiti, Feeds Belief that Rights of Neediest Can be Trampled, Says Special Rapporteur The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) continued its discussion of human rights today, with six Special Rapporteurs updating on ways to […]

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