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Cholera Victims’ Fight for Justice Reaches Appeals Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kermshlise Picard, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti,; +1-617-652-0876 (Interviews available in English, French & Kreyòl) Cholera Victims’ Fight for Justice Reaches Appeals Court U.S. Court of Appeals reviews UN’s immunity claims (New York City, March 1, 2016)—The U.S. Court of Appeals in New York today considered Georges v. United Nations, the case of the victims of the deadly cholera epidemic brought to Haiti by UN troops. In a promising development, the Court announced on February 25 that it would hold an oral hearing. The hearing will evaluate the cholera victims’ claims that the UN lost its immunity in the case when it refused to fulfill its obligations to provide victims with an alternate mechanism for justice. Brian Concannon, Executive Director for the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), which […]

UN Special Rapporteurs and Independent Expert Support Cholera Justice

Some great news for cholera advocacy: The UN Special Rapporteurs and Independent Expert Gustavo Gallon wrote a letter rejecting the UN legal position. The letter, which was just made public, acknowledges the UN’s efforts on cholera so far but notes their inadequacy in face of the persistence of cholera in Haiti. These officials also stress that the UN’s response to the cholera case thus far has left cholera victims with no means of pursuing justice for their suffering. Klike ISI pou yon tradiksyon an kreyòl. Cliquez ICI pour une traduction en français. HAUT-COMMISSARIAT AUX DROITS DE L’HOMME • OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS PALAIS DES NATIONS • 1211 GENEVA 10, SWITZERLAND Mandates of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this […]

Legal Analysis of UN Immunity in Haiti Cholera and Other Cases

Below is a law review abstract on our cholera case against the United Nations, focused on the issue of UN immunity. The article examines the reasons for UN immunity, the case against absolute immunity and counterarguments against that position, and the idea of partial immunity or waiving UN immunity in particular cases (like cholera in Haiti). Click HERE for the full text. The United Nations as Good Samaritan: Immunity and Responsibility Kristen E. Boon, Chicago Journal of International Law January 2016 Since the U.N.’s founding, its need for immunity from the jurisdiction of member states courts has been understood as necessary to achieve its purposes. Immunities, however, conflict with an individual’s right to a remedy and the law’s ordinary principles of responsibility for causing harm. This inherent conflict at the center of the immunity doctrine has evolved into a very public rift in the Haiti Cholera, […]

Cholera Appeal Reaches Larger Audiences

As of the latest tally in April 2015, cholera had killed 8,927 Haitians and infected approximately 740,000. The recent appeal filed against a NY Federal Judge in the cholera case is reaching larger audiences, spreading awareness about UN culpability in causing and not effectively recompensing for this 2010 outbreak in Haiti. Click HERE for the full article. Haiti cholera plaintiffs appeal ruling Kim Ives, Liberation June 4, 2015 On May 27, lawyers representing thousands of Haitian cholera victims filed an appeal against Federal Judge J. Paul Oetken’s Jan. 9, 2015, decision that the United Nations is legally immune from prosecution for importing cholera into Haiti and unleashing an epidemic which has killed about 9,000. Lawyers from the Boston-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), the San Francisco-based Center for Law and Global Justice, and the Miami-based firm of […]

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