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Philip Alston statement on UN responsibility for cholera in Haiti

In a statement in front of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, Philip Alston, special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, called on the UN to revisit the flawed legal advice it received in 2013 from its Office of Legal Affairs on how to deal with incoming claims of legal responsibility for the cholera outbreak. Alston also calls on UN Member States to back up their words of sympathy for Haiti’s cholera victims by generously donating to a recently-established Trust Fund purposed for materially assisting Haitians and for intensifying efforts to eliminate the disease. His statement even includes a shout out to BAI and IJDH for keeping up the fight for cholera justice! An excerpt from the statement is posted below. Click HERE for the full statement. Cliquez ICI pour la version française (vidéo). Statement by Professor Philip […]

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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