Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Forcing Aid Organizations to Respect Human Rights

This article discusses the difficulty of getting justice from aid organizations even when they have clearly violated human rights, as in the Haiti cholera case. The author argues that litigation, whether the verdict is in favor of the plaintiffs or not, can draw enough negative attention and pressure aid organizations to act more carefully. While some argue that this is biting the hand that feeds you, they neglect to consider that aid organizations can fail to respect human rights like any other group. A Good Reason to Bite the Hand That Feeds Pooja Bhatia, Ozy June 27, 2014 Why you should care Recent lawsuits against aid agencies could yield a fairer and more humane international development system. Maybe it’s not impossible to sue an aid agency, but it’s damn difficult. Sometimes it requires a stakeout. Outside Manhattan’s Asia Society last week, […]

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