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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 […]

Haitian Cholera Victims React to UN Apology

December 1, 2016 Haitian cholera victims watched a live webstream of the United Nations briefing on the new cholera plan, which included a long-awaited apology from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. There was a spontaneous cheer and applause when Ban Ki-Moon apologized during his speech and an extraordinary atmosphere in the room. In reaction to the Secretary-General’s address, victims were clear that words aren’t enough and that concrete action on eradication and compensation is needed, but welcomed and accepted the apology itself. These are unofficial translations: Desir Jean-Clair, Boucan Care: This was a victory for us today. It wasn’t easy. We sent thousands of letters and were in the street to get this victory for them to say today that they were responsible. They said that and we thank them. But it can’t end there. Because today there is still cholera in all the […]

UN considers paying $400 million in compensation for Haiti cholera outbreak

Though the UN has announced its $400 million proposal to eradicate, treat, and compensate for cholera in Haiti, it is still denying legal accountability or responsibility. Rather, the UN has declared that it is acting out of a “moral responsibility,” and views the compensation package as “an important sign of solidarity” with those who were affected by the epidemic. While it is unclear whether this plan will ever be carried out, or even reach full funding, the UN remains clear that, at least for the immediate future, it is not changing its legal position. Linked To Haiti Cholera Outbreak, U.N. Considers Paying Millions In Compensation Jason Beaubien, NPR October 25, 2016   For years, the United Nations has refused to publicly acknowledge that its troops were the source of a massive cholera outbreak in Haiti in the wake of the 2010 […]

Statement of Lawyers for Victims of the UN Cholera in Haiti on the Report of UN Special Rapporteur Alston

  Contact: Sienna Merope-Synge, Port-au-Prince, +509-4875-3444, (English, Français, Kreyol) Mario Joseph, Port-au-Prince, +509-3701-9879, (Kreyol, Français, English) Beatrice Lindstrom, New York, +1-404-217-1302; (English, Français, Kreyol) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/POUR DIFFUSION IMMEDIAT (Français en bas) Statement of Lawyers for Victims of the UN Cholera in Haiti on the Report of UN Special Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Phillip Alston Déclaration des avocats des victimes du choléra de l’ONU en Haïti face au Rapport du Rapporteur Spéciale sur l’extrême pauvreté et droits humains Philip Alston   NEW YORK, PORT-AU-PRINCE, October 25, 2016— The Report on cholera in Haiti delivered on October 25 by UN Special Rapporteur Phillip Alston is a vindication of the cholera victims’ rights and testament to their six-year struggle for justice. The report is critical of the UN for trying to respond to Haiti’s cholera epidemic […]

UN Plans to “Provide Material Assistance” as Part of New Cholera Plan

Though United Nations special adviser David Nabarro continues to dodge questions of UN responsibility for cholera, he revealed that the new UN plan against cholera will include money for “material assistance” to cholera victims’ families. Though the exact amount wasn’t specified, about $100 million is expected to go to communities affected by cholera in Haiti. The other $100 million the UN is trying to raise will go to rapid response teams, cholera vaccines, and investing in water and sanitation infrastructure. UN wants $200 million to compensate Haiti cholera victims Michael Astor, AP/The Washington Post October 24, 2016 UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations says it is looking to raise $200 million from member states to compensate the families of people who have died from cholera in Haiti. David Nabarro, a special adviser to the secretary-general, said Monday that the money […]

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