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UN Takes Important Step Towards Cholera Justice

This article on the UN’s admission of involvement in Haiti’s cholera epidemic highlights IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon and how our work helped make this happen. For almost six years, the United Nations dodged accountability and denied any responsibility for the epidemic that it caused. Now that an Appeals Court has upheld UN immunity, will the UN take the chance to take real action against cholera? What happens next will determine whether or not IJDH has to appeal to the Supreme Court. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Boston activists win important round in battle with United Nations Adrian Walker, Boston Globe August 26, 2016 For years Brian Concannon has battled the United Nations from his office in Andrew Square, yet the significant victory he recently won caught him by surprise. The UN has finally […]

Plan Proposed for Eradicating Cholera from Haiti

Ever since the United Nations began a cholera epidemic in Haiti in 2010, it has been covering that fact up. Now that the UN has finally admitted its involvement, there are steps it can take to stamp out the disease during Haiti’s dry season, before the wet season exacerbates the problem and cholera can claim more lives. These steps have been drafted by one of the epidemiologists who took the lead on uncovering the source of the epidemic. Will the UN heed the advice? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. What the UN must do to wipe out cholera in Haiti Ralph R. Frerichs, Boston Globe August 22, 2016 IT IS NOT enough that the United Nations is finally beginning to acknowledge its involvement in the lethal cholera epidemic in Haiti. Now it must urgently do […]

Even After Cholera Epidemic, UN Continued Poor Sanitation In Other Countries Too

A recently-publicized audit revealed that years after causing the cholera epidemic in Haiti, the United Nations continued poor sanitation practices not just in Haiti but in other missions around the world. This, “despite the known risks and the lessons learned from Haiti, where at least 10,000 people have died from cholera and hundreds of thousands have been sickened.” The audits revealing these sanitation practices were found with some effort and it is unclear whether the problems were ever addressed in many of the missions. IJDH’s Beatrice Lindstrom comments on the gravity of this situation. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Poor Sanitation Persisted at U.N. Missions Long After Haiti Cholera Crisis Rick Gladstone, The New York Times August 20, 2016 Years after medical studies linked the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti to infected United Nations peacekeepers, the organization’s auditors […]

New Report Reveals Abysmal Sanitation Practices on UN Bases in Haiti

A recently-released report shows that sanitation and water purification practices on MINUSTAH bases in Haiti were even worse than previous reports have indicated, including years of dumping sewage into Haiti’s canals even after the cholera epidemic had begun. This calls into question the credibility of UN efforts to improve Haiti’s water and sanitation systems, especially as these practices continued even after the UN launched its cholera elimination plan. At least 9,300 Haitians have died of cholera and 780,000 have been infected. —— Amid Haiti cholera epidemic, UN peacekeepers spill sewage and ignore water treatment, says internal report George Russell, Fox News August 11, 2016 While the United Nations touted its efforts in Haiti aimed at ending the world’s worst modern cholera epidemic — a calamity many experts assert the U.N. itself caused — U.N. peacekeepers were blatantly violating their own sanitary rules for containing the […]

UN Secretary General Candidates Divided on Cholera Justice

Below is an excerpt from the most recent UN Secretary General candidates’ debate, in which the candidates are asked how they would respond to the cholera epidemic in Haiti as Secretary General. While some of the candidates appeared conflicted, two stood out–one for and one against justice for the cholera victims. Click HERE for the recording. (In the first video, starts around 48:10.) The UN Debate Al Jazeera July 12, 2016 James Bays: I’d like to ask you now a specific question about a country that is one of the poorest of the world, and certainly one of the poorest in the Americas. It’s a question about Haiti because the UN’s involvement in Haiti is one that some have found very controversial. Clearly, there has been this outbreak of cholera, now the official figures say 9200 people have died from […]

State Department Needs to Pressure UN to Act on Cholera in Haiti

In this editorial piece, the Boston Globe explores the issue of cholera in Haiti and explicitly pressures the United Nations to compensate victims. Referencing the bipartisan support voiced in a recent Congressional letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, the article poses the United Nations as clearly at fault for the epidemic. Although it states the expansive nature of a water and sanitation project, it sheds light on the minimal efforts exerted by the UN to help end the epidemic. … Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. State Dept. should demand UN take responsibility in Haiti The Boston Globe July 12, 2016 WHEN A BIPARTISAN group in Congress can agree on something, it’s worth noting. Especially when these lawmakers are pushing for action to save innocent lives and help the victims of a raging public […]

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