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UN human rights expert: “UN lawyers undermine a just solution for the victims of cholera in Haiti”

UN human rights expert: “UN lawyers undermine a just solution for the victims of cholera in Haiti” NEW YORK (25 October 2016) – United Nations human rights expert Philip Alston claimed today that flawed and unfounded legal advice provided by the UN lawyers is preventing the Organization from accepting responsibility for the cholera outbreak that UN peacekeepers caused in Haiti in 2010. “The UN’s explicit and unqualified denial of anything other than a moral responsibility is a disgrace,” Alston said today. “If the United Nations bluntly refuses to hold itself accountable for human rights violations, it makes a mockery of its efforts to hold Governments and others to account,” he noted. Cholera was brought to Haiti for the first time in the country’s history by UN peacekeepers exactly six years ago. Almost 10,000 people have died as a result and […]

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 […]

Can a Change in UN Image Bring Back Trust?

The United Nations’ presence on the world stage is becoming increasingly negative in light of recent scandals, such as the cholera epidemic in Haiti.  There’s been an effort on the part of the UN to change their image, but there must be reform for the UN to fully accept responsibility and right their wrongs. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full article. Can a UN image campaign create greater trust? Claudia Witte, Deutsche Welle October 24, 2016 Amid ongoing conflicts, catastrophe and an escalating refugee crisis, the United Nations’ reputation is faltering. Can an image campaign create more trust in the organization? At the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the second-largest seat of the United Nations after New York, a group of tourists follows the tour guide as she walks through the extensive building. The autumn session of the […]

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 […]

Hurricane Matthew’s Destruction Demands Action Against Cholera

The destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew has hit hard in Haiti.  The damage and flooding have only served to make the cholera outbreak that began in 2010 worse, and the international community, in particular the United Nations, needs a plan to combat the cholera outbreak and help Haiti in the wake of this devastating natural disaster. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Hurricane Matthew’s destruction in Haiti demands an aggressive plan to fight cholera Michael Posner, The Miami Herald October 13, 2016 Last week, Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, dealing another blow to our poorest, most challenged neighbor. After an earthquake in 2010 killed more than 200,000 people, a United Nations peacekeeping force introduced cholera to Haiti, infecting almost 800,000 people. According to Doctors Without Borders, there have been close to 30,000 cholera-related deaths. Six years […]

As Cholera Surges, Cholera Elimination Funding Decreases

Though the cholera brought to Haiti by UN peacekeepers continues to kill, there are fewer and fewer cholera treatment centers and funding to fight cholera is running out. Right after the epidemic began in 2010, there was a lot of funding but the UN has struggled for years to fund its cholera elimination plan. Now, a UN spokesman has promised a new approach and “material assistance and support” for Haiti’s cholera victims. IJDH’s Beatrice Lindstrom says “If the U.N. does present a robust response that responds to victims’ rights, it would make further litigation unnecessary.” Cholera blamed on U.N. peacekeepers surges in Haiti as funding vanishes Makini Brice, Reuters September 9, 2016 U.N.-led foreign funding has dried up for Haiti’s fight against cholera, thought to have been introduced by Nepali peacekeepers, triggering a surge of deaths this year even as the global […]

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