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Press Advisory – UN Cholera Plan Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (New York and Boston): media@ijdh.org, +617-652- 0876 Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (Port-au-Prince) : sienna@ijdh.org, +509-4875-3444   PRESS ADVISORY Thursday, December 1, 2016, New York — On Thursday, December 1, the UN Secretary-General is launching a new UN response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti.  The Secretary-General is also expected to address Haitians who have suffered from cholera during the presentation, and may issue a public apology for the UN’s introduction of cholera to Haiti. What: Secretary-General address on new cholera response. When: Thursday December 1, 3:00 pm. Where: Trusteeship Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY.   The session is open, but U.N. accreditation is required to attend.  The session will also be live-streamed at http://webtv.un.org. Prior to the session, the Deputy Secretary-General is holding a press briefing at […]

Real UN Cholera Accountability and Ban Ki-moon’s Legacy

For years, the United Nations has hidden behind immunity to dodge accountability for bringing cholera to Haiti. After Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti and exacerbated the cholera problem, WHO/PAHO approved a request from the Haitian Ministry of Health for 1 million doses of cholera vaccine. Meanwhile, the UN continues to struggle to raise funds for its planned package of “material assistance and support” for the cholera victims. The UN and its Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon also have yet to apologize for causing the loss of so many lives and livelihoods through the epidemic. Will Ban finally do so in his last two months as Secretary-General or leave the cholera mess for the next Secretary-General, António Guterres, to clean up? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The UN in Haiti: an adulterated vision of accountability Editorial, The Lancet Global Health […]

UN Plans to “Provide Material Assistance” as Part of New Cholera Plan

Though United Nations special adviser David Nabarro continues to dodge questions of UN responsibility for cholera, he revealed that the new UN plan against cholera will include money for “material assistance” to cholera victims’ families. Though the exact amount wasn’t specified, about $100 million is expected to go to communities affected by cholera in Haiti. The other $100 million the UN is trying to raise will go to rapid response teams, cholera vaccines, and investing in water and sanitation infrastructure. UN wants $200 million to compensate Haiti cholera victims Michael Astor, AP/The Washington Post October 24, 2016 UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations says it is looking to raise $200 million from member states to compensate the families of people who have died from cholera in Haiti. David Nabarro, a special adviser to the secretary-general, said Monday that the money […]

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, […]

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