Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Responsibility and Accountability: The Haitian Epidemic and the United Nations

By Adam Houston, Jerry Stenquist, Beatrice Lindstrom, Katharina Rall, and Alok Pokharel, Focus on Haiti Aug 9, 2013 This piece is the second in a series on the cholera epidemic sweeping Haiti. This perspective was written by staff and legal fellows at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). The Haitian cholera epidemic is the most serious of the 21st century, with over 600,000 cases and 8000 deaths since October 2010.  As affirmed repeatedly, including by the UN-mandated independent panel of experts tasked with investigating the source of the epidemic, the scientific evidence indicates that the epidemic originated from a UN base situated on a tributary of the Artibonite River in Mirebalais. Prior to the outbreak, it was well known that sanitary conditions in Haiti were highly conducive to the spread of cholera. The bacteria itself was absent from the country, however, as it had been […]

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