Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Cholera in Haiti: The Legal Case Against the UN

Since the devastating cholera outbreak in Haiti, IJDH has filed a lawsuit against the United Nations, asking them to take responsibility for their actions and to provide reparations to victims. The case is built upon the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, which were drafted at the instruction of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights after the international community found glaring gaps in international protection mechanisms. These Guiding Principles recognize the rights of the internally displaced, as many people living in Haiti are classified to be: those who were displaced by the earthquake, drought, or even the cholera epidemic itself. These principles recognized rights such as an adequate standard of living, basic shelter and housing, adequate amount of water, medical care, authorities to prevent diseases, etc. Cholera directly posed a threat to all of these rights, to name only a few. […]

Does the UN Security Council resolution on sexual abuse by peacekeepers achieve accountability?

In March, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution meant to respond to the growing scandal of peacekeepers raping and sexually abusing civilians. Unfortunately, the resolution only seems like a band-aid on the problem, given that it is not legally binding, relies on those who are responsible for the current culture of impunity to take action, and has vague terms that likely won’t lead to justice. It might be time for the UN to look for outside help to solve this problem. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Predatory Peacekeepers: The UN Responds to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in CAR Kathleen Bergin, The Disaster Law Page April 19, 2016 In March, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2272 in response to ongoing revelations that French and west-African peacekeepers raped and sexually exploited civilians they were deployed […]

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