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IJDH’s Beatrice Lindstrom Featured By NYU Law for Cholera Work

This article features IJDH’s Beatrice Lindstrom, the attorney who has been arguing the cholera case against the United Nations in court. When cholera initially broke out in Haiti, the UN origin was so obvious that Beatrice and others expected the organization to take responsibility and immediately begin addressing the problem. Six years later, the UN is only just beginning to admit responsibility and form a new strategy to eliminate cholera. Meanwhile, we have to decide whether to appeal the cholera case in the Supreme Court. Beatrice hopes that the UN plan will be fair enough not to merit this action. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Beatrice Lindstrom ’10 advocates for cholera victims in Haiti NYU Law News October 18, 2016 When Beatrice Lindstrom ’10 decided to become a human rights lawyer, she says, “suing the […]

How the UN System is Set Up Against Justice

Victims of the cholera epidemic brought to Haiti by UN peacekeepers have been seeking justice for almost six years. The UN has dodged accountability through a clause in its Charter that grants the organization immunity from lawsuits. Even when incidents occur within the UN, whistle-blowing is discouraged and whistleblowers often face retaliation. These are just two of the barriers to seeking justice from the UN. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Policy change is needed to hold UN responsible for its crimes Rasna Warah, Daily Nation August 29, 2016 In 2010, United Nations peacekeepers from Nepal were implicated in the spreading of cholera that killed more than 9,000 people in Haiti and made hundreds of thousands of others very sick. Apparently, the Nepalese peacekeepers were not using proper sanitation at the base where they were camped and […]

Will UN restore its tarnished reputation through cholera accountability?

Ever since United Nations peacekeepers caused a devastating cholera epidemic in Haiti in 2010, the organization has behaved as if accountability for its actions would be a liability. In the meantime, considerable damage was done to the UN’s reputation, as an organization purported to stand for human rights completely disregarded the human rights of Haitians affected by the epidemic. The lack of funding for the UN’s cholera elimination plan did not help the situation either. Now that the UN has finally admitted responsibility for the epidemic, will accountability come next? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. It’s Time for the UN to Compensate Haitians for Its Cholera Disaster Accountability should be seen as a strength, not a liability, at an organization committed to human rights. Muneer Ahmad and Alice M. Miller, The Nation August 23, […]

As Damning Reports Pile Up, UN Admits Cholera Responsibility

Yet another report has surfaced showing that the United Nations did its best to dodge responsibility for bringing a cholera epidemic to Haiti, a country that was incredibly ill-equipped to handle it. Now, after over 10,000 deaths and almost six years later, the UN has finally admitted involvement in the cholera epidemic. After an Appeals Court ruled that the UN is immune from a cholera lawsuit though, much still remains to be done in seeking justice for the victims. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The UN in a time of cholera: Admitting incompetence in creating an epidemic Editorial, NY Daily News August 23, 2016 After years of amoral denials, the United Nations has finally admitted its responsibility for a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has infected more than 800,000 and killed at least 10,000. In […]

UN admission of cholera involvement should be a first step

Last week, the United Nations admitted that it was involved in Haiti’s deadly cholera epidemic, for the first time in nearly six years. Advocates praised the admission but also cautioned that it should be a first step towards justice for the cholera victims. Real action needs to be taken to make sure that the epidemic stops infecting and killing Haitians. ——– A note of hope for Haitian cholera epidemic Editorial, Boston Globe August 21, 2016 FOR THE LAST six years, the United Nations has held fast to a deadly and amoral bit of fiction in Haiti. It is now generally settled truth that UN peacekeepers from Nepal introduced a ravaging cholera epidemic to the island in 2010. The genetic evidence, after all, seems incontrovertible: The Nepalese let their sewage flow into a Haitian stream, contaminating it with the vibrio cholerae microbe that causes […]

Will the UN show humanity in dealing with Haitian cholera victims?

This blog post quoting Mario Joseph and IJDH attorney Nicole Phillips analyzes the United Nations’ admission of responsibility for Haiti’s cholera epidemic. It asks whether this admission will lead to further action or whether the UN will continue to act ‘without humanity’ towards the victims of the epidemic it brought to Haiti. Part of the post is below. Click HERE for the full text. Humanity vs Impunity. Will the UN now compensate Haiti’s cholera victims? Rashmee Roshan Lall August 20, 2016   I was in Haiti in February 2013, when the United Nations took the unusual decision to invoke legal immunity as a way of dealing with claims for compensation from 5,000 victims of the Haiti cholera epidemic. Click here for the story I wrote for The Guardian at the time. It was a straight up-and-down report on the worst outbreak of […]

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