Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti Group Demands UN Pay for Cholera Outbreak (Washington Times)

By: Trenton Daniel, Washington Times November 8, 2011 PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (AP) – A human rights group said Tuesday it has filed claims with the United Nations seeking damages on behalf of more than 5,000 Haitian cholera victims and their families. The claims filed by the Boston-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti argue that the U.N. and its peacekeeping force are liable for hundreds of millions of dollars for failing to adequately screen peacekeeping soldiers. They cite a range of studies that indicate the infected soldiers caused the outbreak when untreated waste from a U.N. base was dumped into a tributary of Haiti’s most important river. “The sickness, death and ongoing harm from cholera suffered by Haiti’s citizens are a product of the U.N.’s multiple failures,” the complaint reads. “These failures constitute negligence, gross negligence, recklessness, and deliberate indifference […]

Criticism follows court’s decision

By Reed Lindsay, The Washington Times May 17, 2005 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Human rights groups are criticizing a decision by Haiti’s Supreme Court last week to annul a historic trial that ended in the convictions of 53 former soldiers and paramilitaries involved in a notorious massacre. In November 2000, a Haitian jury convicted 16 former soldiers and paramilitaries for their participation in a 1994 bloody rampage through a seaside slum called Raboteau that left at least eight persons dead. A week later, a court convicted 37 more defendants in absentia. The trial was praised by the United Nations as “a huge step forward” and hailed by international jurists as a milestone human rights case. Last week, the convictions of at least 15 of the Raboteau defendants were overturned by Haiti’s Supreme Court in a murky ruling that angered human rights […]

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