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Un-Vaccinated UN Troops Risk Exacerbating Haiti Cholera

Though cholera vaccines are now mandatory for all UN troops and peacekeepers, a unit deployed to Haiti from India, where cholera is endemic, was not vaccinated. This is alarming because cholera was first brought to Haiti by UN peacekeepers in 2010 and has since sickened at least 800,000 and killed at least 9,500. Though a UN spokesperson said that responsibility for peacekeeper vaccinations is placed on member states, it should be up to the UN to enforce the rule and make sure that it doesn’t cause another cholera epidemic elsewhere. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN Police Unit Deploys to Haiti Without Cholera Vaccinations Associated Press, VOA News January 10, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — The U.N. stabilization mission in Haiti is administering cholera vaccines to a police unit from India months after it arrived in […]

American Public Health Association Urges UN Accountability for Cholera

Recognizing the serious consequences of poor water and sanitation in Haiti in regards to the cholera epidemic, the American Public Health Association (APHA) urges the United Nations to make funding for the National Plan against cholera its top priority. Without proper water and sanitation, cholera will continue to infect and kill Haitians endlessly. Given the UN’s responsibility for the epidemic by ignoring common knowledge of Haiti’s poor infrastructure and carelessly dumping its waste in Haiti in 2010, it is up to the UN to oversee the plan and make sure it’s fully funded. The abstract is below. Click HERE for the full article. The United Nations’ Accountability for its Role in the Haitian Cholera Epidemic American Public Health Association November 1, 2o16 Decades of neglect of water and sanitation infrastructure have left the Haitian population vulnerable to outbreaks of waterborne illness. […]

13 Members of Congress Demand Cholera Justice and UN Apology

Congresswoman Barbara Lee and twelve other Congresspersons wrote to the United Nations Secretary General and encouraged the US to allocate resources to the UN’s cholera response. The Congresspersons also urged an apology for the UN-caused epidemic, saying that “Each day that passes without a formal apology and remediation efforts further erodes trust in the UN and affiliated peacekeeping missions.” Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full letter. —————- November 18, 2016 His Excellency Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General of the United Nations 760 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017 Dear Mr. Secretary-General, It has been six years since UN peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti, which was already reeling from deadly and devastating January 2010 earthquake. As a direct result of their negligence, nearly 800,000 people have been infected with cholera and upwards of 9,500 people have died.1 In 2014, […]

Philip Alston statement on UN responsibility for cholera in Haiti

In a statement in front of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, Philip Alston, special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, called on the UN to revisit the flawed legal advice it received in 2013 from its Office of Legal Affairs on how to deal with incoming claims of legal responsibility for the cholera outbreak. Alston also calls on UN Member States to back up their words of sympathy for Haiti’s cholera victims by generously donating to a recently-established Trust Fund purposed for materially assisting Haitians and for intensifying efforts to eliminate the disease. His statement even includes a shout out to BAI and IJDH for keeping up the fight for cholera justice! An excerpt from the statement is posted below. Click HERE for the full statement. Cliquez ICI pour la version française (vidéo). Statement by Professor Philip […]

Déclaration de l’expert indépendant du conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies sur Haïti

Mr. Gustavo Gallón, expert indépendant du conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies, a publié une déclaration sur l’état des droits de l’homme en Haïti. Sa déclaration couvre un grand nombre de questions troublantes en Haïti, comme des dommages après l’ouragan Matthew, problèmes de santé mentale, épidémie de choléra et de la responsabilité des Nations Unies, l’état des prisons en Haïti, reparations, l’analphabétisme, et violence contre les personnes LGBTI. CONFÉRENCE DE PRESSE MR. GUSTAVO GALLÓN EXPERT INDÉPENDANT DU CONSEIL DES DROITS DE L’HOMME DES NATIONS UNIES SUR LA SITUATION DES DROITS DE L’HOMME EN HAÏTI Logan Abassi, MINUSTAH Octobre 25, 2016   Port-au-Prince Mesdames et messieurs, Permettez-moi, tout d’abord, de réitérer l’expression de mes sentiments de solidarité avec les victimes de l’ouragan Matthew et avec le peuple Haïtien dans son ensemble qui a été soumis à cette nouvelle catastrophe le […]

Matthew Reminds Us of UN Role in Haiti Cholera Epidemic

This story tracks cholera in Haiti, from when United Nations peacekeepers first brought the previously-unknown disease to Haiti in 2010 to the UN finally admitting involvement in the epidemic in 2016. When the epidemic first began, the UN tried to cover up its involvement and the World Health Organization helped by saying that the focus needed to be on stopping the disease rather than finding the origin. For years, the UN denied involvement and also dodged responsibility in court, using immunity against the lawsuit IJDH filed against it. Now that Hurricane Matthew has brought more water into Haiti, the risk of cholera spiking has increased. What will the UN do about it? The UN’s Role in the Devastating Cholera Epidemic in Haiti Gillian Mahoney, ABC News October 20, 2016 As Hurricane Matthew churned off the coast of Haiti earlier this month […]

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