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UN Secretary General Expresses Regret Over Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the cholera epidemic in Haiti during his opening address to the UN General Assembly.  Ban expresses his “tremendous regret” in regards to the outbreak, but had first acknowledged in 2014 the UN’s “moral responsibility” to provide aid to those affected by the outbreak.  Recently a spokesperson said that the UN was putting together a “significant new set of actions” to help Haiti in the fight against the cholera epidemic. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full text. UN chief feels ‘regret and sorrow’ over Haiti cholera outbreak Jaqueline Charles, Miami Herald September 20, 2016 United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday expressed “tremendous regret,” over the cholera outbreak in Haiti as part of his opening address to the United Nations General Assembly. “I feel tremendous regret and sorrow at the profound suffering of Haitians […]

Next UN Secretary-General Must Clean Up Accountability Crisis

The United Nations has been facing an accountability crisis due to failure to properly respond to sexual abuse by peacekeepers, a cholera epidemic it brought to Haiti in 2010, and poisoning of Roma families in Kosovo. While the current Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon still has time to save his legacy by responding justly to these problems, the next Secretary General has an opportunity to turn the situation entirely around by respecting human rights from the outset. An accountability pledge led by AIDS-Free World and IJDH asks the Secretary-General candidates to do just that but so far, only four out of 11 have weighed in. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. New UN secretary-general must commit to accountability Lauren Carasik, Al Jazeera August 28, 2016 Recent accountability crises in United Nations peacekeeping missions have revealed a […]

UN’s Belated Owning Cholera Responsibility Demonstrates Accountability Crisis

Though it shouldn’t have taken the United Nations nearly six years to own up to its involvement in the cholera epidemic in Haiti, this editorial board isn’t surprised given the past lack of UN accountability. In both cases of sexual abuse and the cholera epidemic, the UN has focused more on covering the problem up than actually addressing it. Now that it has admitted responsibility for cholera, hopefully an apology and compensation will come next. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Dodging Accountability at the United Nations Editorial, The New York Times August 22, 2016 It shouldn’t have taken five years and a scathing report by an internal human rights watchdog for the United Nations to acknowledge that it bears responsibility for the cholera epidemic in Haiti sparked by its peacekeepers deployed after the 2010 […]

UN Secretary-General Promises “Material Assistance” for Cholera Victims

Statement attributable to Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Haiti The Secretary-General notes yesterday’s decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which upheld the immunity of the Organization from legal proceedings in the case of Georges et al v. United Nations et. al, in accordance with the UN Charter and other international treaties. The Secretary-General deeply regrets the terrible suffering the people of Haiti have endured as a result of the cholera epidemic.  The United Nations has a moral responsibility to the victims of the cholera epidemic and for supporting Haiti in overcoming the epidemic and building sound water, sanitation and health systems. Sustained efforts by national authorities and the international community have contributed to a 90 per cent reduction in the number of cases since the peak in 2011. However, eliminating cholera from Haiti will […]

Sec-Gen Candidate Turk Responds to UN Accountability Pledge

On July 27, IJDH, AIDS-Free World and 35 other organizations from around the world asked the candidates for the next United Nations Secretary-General to sign a pledge to make the UN more accountable for violations like cholera and sexual abuse. One of the candidates, Dr. Danilo Turk, responded positively to this initiative, though he declined to sign on at this time. Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full text. —————————— Ljubljana, 29 July 2016 Dear friends, Thank you for your letter of 27 July, 2016 reaffirming your commitment to building a more accountable and transparent United Nations. I appreciate the fact that your initiative is endorsed by 35 civil society organizations from around the world. I also agree with you that the next Secretary – General must give priority to making the UN more accountable. The […]

Civil Society Challenges UN Secretary-General Candidates to Take Accountability Pledge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Beatrice Lindstrom, Esq., Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti,,+1-404-217-1302 Gill Mathurin, AIDS-Free World,, +1-646-924-1710  Civil Society Challenges UN Secretary-General Candidates to Take Accountability Pledge 37 Groups launch 5-part pledge on sexual exploitation and abuse, cholera   NEW YORK, July 28, 2016 — Thirty-seven civil society groups are calling on candidates for the next UN Secretary-General to take an Accountability Pledge that signals their commitment to building a more accountable and transparent United Nations. “The next Secretary-General faces the challenge of ensuring that the UN responds justly when its peacekeepers and staff abuse or harm the very people they are sent to protect. We ask all candidates vying to become the UN’s next leader to commit to championing accountability by publicly taking this pledge,” said Beatrice Lindstrom, Staff Attorney with the Institute for Justice […]

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