Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Cholera and the Growing Movement for Justice

Below is Bureau des Avocats Internationaux‘s Managing Attorney, Mario Joseph’s contribution to the “Perspectives on Global Governance” section of CIVICUS’ State of Civil Society Report 2014. In it, Mario discusses the cholera epidemic in Haiti, building international and Haitian diaspora awareness and support against UN impunity, and the need for justice. The Fight Against UN Impunity and Immunity in Haiti: The Cholera Scandal Mario Joseph, Civicus June 2014 I. Introduction In October 2010, an epidemic of cholera broke out in Meille, Haiti for the first time in the country’s recorded history. It soon became the worst single-country cholera epidemic in modern times. By the end of 2013, the disease had killed 8,500 people and sickened another 700,000.[i] Almost immediately after the first victims fell ill, residents of Meille identified a UN peacekeeping base as the source of the outbreak.[ii] The base, […]

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