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Haiti Faces a Humanitarian Crisis with Cholera at the Center

According to the head of the UN Office for the Coordinaton of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Haiti is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis. OCHA says that cholera cases are up 300% in early 2015. According to UN data, nearly 20,000 people have been affected and 170 killed by the disease since the beginning of the year. In all, more than 8,800 Haitians have died of cholera since it appeared in October 2010 and, even today, cases recorded in Haiti surpass the total number of people with the disease elsewhere in the world. On top of the cholera problem, thousands of people are fleeing the Dominican Republic into Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Cholera, climate change fuel Haiti’s humanitarian crisis: UN Amelie Baron, France24 August 19, 2015 PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) – Climate change, cholera and the […]

Will UN Be Granted Immunity in Cholera Case?

France24 describes the scene outside the Manhattan Federal Courthouse on Thursday, October 23, 2014, when Haitians and Haitian-Americans gathered in driving rain to continue discussing the ongoing case against the United Nations. Oral arguments had just taken place on the issue of UN immunity between the Plaintiffs and the US Government, which has intervened in the case and argued for dismissal on immunity grounds. Judge J. Paul Oetken has deferred a decision on whether that immunity will be granted in this case, where the UN has refused to provide cholera victims any access to a remedy despite their many attempts to engage the organization. Mario Joseph, a lead attorney for Plaintiffs, pointed out the UN’s double standards in addressing this crisis, noting how different things would have been had the outbreak occurred in the US. Part of the article is […]

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