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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 […]

Philip Alston calls Haiti cholera scandal ‘the UN’s Watergate’

Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, released a scathing report to the UN on October 24, 2016. Alston argues that the clear evidence pointing to the UN’s responsibility for bringing cholera to Haiti, and its subsequent refusal to admit culpability, is a scandal comparable to Watergate. Alston calls the UN’s legal position, recommended by its Office of Legal Affairs, “morally unconscionable, legally indefensible, and politically self-defeating.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti cholera scandal ‘the UN’s Watergate’, says body’s own human rights adviser Sam Ball, FRANCE24 October 26, 2016 (Video from original article.)   The UN’s refusal to accept responsibility for bringing cholera to Haiti six years ago, leading to the deaths of more than 9,000 people, is a scandal on the same scale as Watergate, the organisation’s […]

UN’s expert calls its handling of cholera ‘a disgrace’

The United Nation’s Human Rights Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Philip Alston, release a report to the UN General Assembly criticizing its decision to follow what he calls “flawed and unfounded” legal advice, preventing them from accepting legal responsibility of the cholera outbreak in 2010. The Guardian’s Ben Quinn explains and analyzes the report in the article below. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN’s own expert calls its actions over Haiti cholera outbreak ‘a disgrace’ Ben Quinn, The Guardian October 25th, 2016   The United Nations’ refusal to accept responsibility for the devastating cholera outbreak that has claimed more than 9,000 lives in Haiti has been branded a “disgrace” by the organisation’s own human rights special rapporteur. Human rights groups working with victims had reacted with jubilation earlier this year following […]

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