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Cholera Victims Tell UN Their Stories, Demand Justice

On Human Rights Day, December 10, 2015, thousands of cholera victims in Haiti gathered to deliver letters they’d written to the United Nations telling their stories and demanding justice. The letters add a personal touch to stories that are usually told in dehumanized statistics. Haiti’s cholera victims are proud that they have survived but they often have to deal with side effects like weakness and stomach pain that linger on. The water and sanitation necessary to prevent the disease from continuing is long-past overdue. We, and the victims, hope that the UN will read these letters and live up to the human rights ideals that it claims to uphold. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitian Letters Remind the UN of Cholera Victims’ Sadness Nancy Young, PassBlue December 13, 2015 PORT-AU-PRINCE — Here in the […]

Haitian Cholera Victims Seek Justice Through Photo Campaign

Five years after it was first introduced to Haiti by UN peacekeepers, cholera continues to claim victims. The UN has dodged accountability in court and its water and sanitation campaign, re-launched several times, is only 18% funded. This year, cholera victims shared their photos and stories to show the UN that they’re real people who are still seeking justice. BAI, IJDH and other organizations posted these portraits outside UN headquarters in Port-au-Prince, New York City and Geneva and launched (plus a Haitian Creole and French version) to spread the message. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. As Cholera Resurges in Haiti, the UN’s Commitment to Prevent It Fails Nancy Young, PassBlue October 18, 2015 HINCHE, Haiti — We were driving back from watching a soccer game here in central Haiti when my friend instinctively […]

UN Experts Urge Accountability for Haiti Cholera

For the first time, UN experts have filed an allegation letter against the UN and not a government. In the letter, they explain that the UN violated Haitians’ rights by causing Haiti’s cholera epidemic and not providing any method for victims to file claims. That letter, and the UN’s response, have been made public. This is yet another demonstration that even the UN needs to be accountable for its actions. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitians’ Rights Were Violated Over Cholera Outbreak, UN Experts Assert Rosa Freedman, PassBlue April 20, 2015 In September 2014, four United Nations human-rights experts wrote to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon alleging that the UN had violated human rights through the cholera epidemic in Haiti, which broke out in October 2010. This is the first time that an allegation letter — a formal complaint […]

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