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Cholera Litigation Frequently Asked Questions

JUSTICE FOR HAITI CHOLERA VICTIMS: THE LAWSUIT AGAINST THE UNITED NATIONS Click HERE for the pdf version, with citations. When did the Haitian cholera epidemic begin? What is cholera? Did UN actions really cause the cholera outbreak in Haiti? Isn’t Haiti’s weak water and sanitation to blame for the epidemic? How has the UN responded to the epidemic? How are claims against the UN supposed to be resolved? Did the cholera victims attempt to resolve their claims with the UN before filing a lawsuit? Why was the lawsuit filed in the United States instead of Haiti? How has the UN responded to the lawsuit? What is the Haitian Government’s position on the lawsuit? Why is the U.S. Government opposing the lawsuit? Does the UN have immunity from this lawsuit? What are the plaintiffs seeking? What would be the broader policy impacts of […]

July 2014 Update

Quick Links: Our Website Donate Now US extends Temporary Protected Status for Haitians The Fight Against UN Impunity and Immunity in Haiti: The Cholera Scandal Bi-Partisan Leaders Urge Expedited Haitian Family Reunification Haiti’s Chief Foreign Import: Meddling Leaders Call on Senators Menendez and Corker to Support Haiti Document – Haiti: Women’s Human Rights Defenders Threatened (Action Alert) Making Sure Haiti Aid Helps the Most Vulnerable Haiti Cholera Victims Rejoice: We have a Committee! In Their Court: Litigation Against the United Nations as a Last Resort for Haitian Cholera Victims U.N. Chief Served Papers in Suit by Haitian Victims, Lawyers Say Haïti – Politique : L’opposition préoccupée par les manouevres de l’Exécutif… Advancing Justice Through Expert Testimony (video) A Good Reason to Bite the Hand that Feeds Haitian rape survivors begin new lives in Canada and the US Other Links: Read more about […]

Frequently Asked Questions Released About Haiti’s Upcoming Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mario Joseph, Av., Managing Attorney, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI),, +011 509 2943 2106/07 (in Haiti, speaks French and Creole) Nicole Phillips, Esq., Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH),, +1 510 715 2855 (in U.S., speaks English and French) “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs) Released about Haiti’s Upcoming Elections (PORT-AU-PRINCE, July 8, 2014)— The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) released last week a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) briefing about the significant legal challenges facing Haiti’s upcoming elections, scheduled for October 26, 2014. Elections are long overdue; one-third of the seats in the Senate and all local mayors termed out in 2012. Another one-third of the Senate and all 99 members of the lower house will expire in early 2015 without elections this […]

A Constitutional Electoral Council is Imperative for Haiti’s Upcoming Elections

July 3, 2014 Haitian President Michel Martelly issued a decree on June 10, 2014, setting parliamentary and local elections for October 26, 2014. Prompt elections are much needed in Haiti—one-third of the seats in Parliament and all local mayors have already termed out–but elections will only remedy Haiti’s political crisis if they are run fairly by a lawfully mandated electoral council.  The current Provisional Electoral Council is highly contested with serious and well-founded concerns about its legitimacy, calling into question whether it can run fair and inclusive elections. The following “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs) provide a legal analysis of the proposed plan for elections in Haiti, including the El Rancho Accord, the new electoral law and Provisional Electoral Council. What is at stake in these elections? Why has it taken so long to plan elections? What is the El Rancho […]

Frequently Asked Questions about the United Nations & Cholera in Haiti

          1.      What is cholera? Cholera is a waterborne illness that causes acute, profuse diarrhea and vomiting. Cholera disproportionately impacts the poor and vulnerable; it is generally easily treatable with oral rehydration solutions, but for those who lack access to clean water and medical care, it can kill in a matter of hours.           2.      How did the cholera epidemic spread through Haiti? On October 21, 2010 cholera exploded in the Artibonite region along Haiti’s largest river system, and then quickly spread to other areas. While cholera is endemic in some developing countries, Haiti had never before had a cholera epidemic in recorded history. As of April 2012, the Haitian government reports that 7,050 people have died and over 531,000 have been infected with the disease. Geneticists and […]

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