Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Cholera in Haiti: The Legal Case Against the UN

Since the devastating cholera outbreak in Haiti, IJDH has filed a lawsuit against the United Nations, asking them to take responsibility for their actions and to provide reparations to victims. The case is built upon the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, which were drafted at the instruction of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights after the international community found glaring gaps in international protection mechanisms. These Guiding Principles recognize the rights of the internally displaced, as many people living in Haiti are classified to be: those who were displaced by the earthquake, drought, or even the cholera epidemic itself. These principles recognized rights such as an adequate standard of living, basic shelter and housing, adequate amount of water, medical care, authorities to prevent diseases, etc. Cholera directly posed a threat to all of these rights, to name only a few. […]

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