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How the UN Has Failed to Accept Responsibility for the Cholera Epidemic

Since the outbreak of cholera in Haiti in 2010, the UN has yet to accept legal responsibility for the epidemic, although it is widely accepted in the medical and scientific fields that the presence of UN peacekeeping forces is what caused it.  It took five years for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to admit to the UN’s moral responsibility to Haitians in light of the conflict, and Special Rapporteur Philip Alston comments on the poor legal advice that may have gotten the UN to this point. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full article. Cholera in Haiti: Has Poor Legal Advice Undermined Efforts to Stop the Crisis? Ana S. Ayala, O’Neill Institute November 3, 2016 With only two months left in office, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced a $400 million planto eradicate cholera in Haiti, known as the Haiti Cholera Response Multi-Partner Trust […]

U.S. Congressional Briefing “Cholera and the Human Right to Health in Post-Earthquake Haiti”

Ana S. Ayala, O’Neill Institute May 10, 2012 In October of 2010, less than ten months after being hit by a devastating earthquake, Haiti experienced a cholera epidemic that quickly spread throughout the small nation. The waterborne disease has now killed at least 7,050 Haitians and sickened over 531,000 others. Meanwhile, nearly half a million earthquake victims remain without adequate housing, and Haitians continue to face one of the most challenging clean water and sanitation situations in the world. As the rainy season sets in, the country is experiencing a notable increase in the number of deaths attributed to cholera, according to the UN. On April 18, 2012, the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CESCR) co-sponsored a U.S. Congressional Briefing that examined U.S. and international efforts to address what has become the world’s […]

A Call for U.N. Accountability for Cholera in Post-Earthquake Haiti (O’Neill Institute,

J.P. Shuster, O’Neill Institute Research Associate January 5, 2012 In response to the second anniversary of Haiti’s January 12, 2010 earthquake, this post begins a four-part weekly series that will examine the implications of ongoing efforts to establish U.N. accountability for allegedly causing Haiti’s deadly cholera epidemic in the months following the events of January 12, 2010. This first post was authored by O’Neill Institute Research Associate, J.P. Shuster. Haiti, which is still very suffering from the devastation of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake of January 2010, now also faces the largest active cholera epidemic in the world. At present, reportedly, the water-born disease has already infected roughly 515,000 people – about five percent of Haiti’s total population – and killed nearly 7,000 people since it was detected last year. And the evidence of U.N. responsibility for the spread of the […]

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