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Cholera in Haiti and UN Liability Panel [Video+Article]

IJDH Board member Ira Kurzban participated in an esteemed panel on cholera in Haiti and United Nations accountability for causing the epidemic. Since the start of the epidemic in 2010, over 9,000 Haitians have died and over 800,000 have had cholera and the epidemic is still not under control. While then-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized for not doing enough to stop the epidemic, Dr. Cadet (one of the panelists) made it clear that “the battle is far from being over.” Though the case against the United Nations may be over in court for now, it continues on the streets through advocacy and spreading the word so the fight for cholera continues until the UN ends the epidemic once and for all. A partial write-up about the panel is below. Here is the full text. UN immunity beats back legal claims by Haitian […]

Spend 3 Minutes Celebrating Justice for Cholera Victims

Dear Friend, 1. Press play. 2. Pat yourself on the back. 3. Smile!   Sincerely, Kermshlise Picard Communications Coordinator  

Sekretè-jeneral Nasyonzini mande pèp ayisyen padon | Ban Ki-moon apologizes to Haitians

1 desanm 2016, Ban Ki-moon, sekretè-jeneral Nasyonzini mande pèp ayisyen an padon poutèt wòl Nasyonzini te jwe nan epidemi kolera k’ap sakaje peyi a depi oktòb 2010. Pi ba, gen yon vèsyon ekskiz la ki pi long pase sa Ban te di devan Asanble Jeneral Nasyonzini an. Ansanm ak ekskiz piblik la, Ban te dekri yon nouvo plan Nasyonzini genyen pou konbat epidemi kolera a. 2 desanm 2016   On December 1, 2016, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized to the people of Haiti for the UN’s role in the cholera outbreak that began in October 2010. Below is a longer version of the Haitian Creole portion of the apology, which was originally said in a couple of sentences in Haitian Creole, French and English before the UN General Assembly. The apology accompanied Ban’s description of a new UN plan to […]

Victory in the Fight for Cholera Justice – UN Apology!

IJDH has been pursuing cholera justice for so many years, and today, we saw major steps towards justice! For the first time, the United Nations held a briefing specifically dedicated to cholera. It is unheard of for a Secretary-General to issue a report like this and hold this type of session. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also apologized for bringing cholera to Haiti, something that cholera victims, BAI, IJDH and all of our allies have been advocating for since 2010! Stephen Lewis, former Canadian Ambassador to the UN and now co-Director of AIDS-Free World, describes the fight for cholera justice in vivid terms: Transcript of cholera apology, in three languages Reactions from cholera victims in Haiti UN Secretary General’s report on the new plan

Al Jazeera Features Haiti Cholera in Its Anniversary Celebration

Al Jazeera English is celebrating its ten-year anniversary by giving updates on its most memorable documentaries in a series called REWIND. One of those REWIND features is Haiti in a Time of Cholera, which was filmed in 2013 and won an Emmy award in 2014. To update the story, Al Jazeera interviewed IJDH Staff Attorney Beatrice Lindstrom, who is also leading the cholera case and advocacy against the United Nations’ lack of accountability. Some excerpts are below. Click HERE for the full feature. Rewind: Haiti in a Time of Cholera Al Jazeera English November 8, 2016 … What was your reaction when the UN secretary-general finally acknowledged the UN’s role in August 2016? How effective has the UN’s response been for eradicating cholera in Haiti? So far, the UN’s response to cholera has been completely underwhelming. Cholera is a tremendous emergency. […]

Déclaration du Rapporteur spécial Philip Alston sur la responsabilité de l’Onu pour le choléra

Dans une déclaration devant la 71ème session de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies, Philip Alston, rapporteur spécial sur les droits de l’homme et l’extrême pauvreté, a demandé aux Nations Unies de à repenser les conseils juridiques imparfaits qu’elle a reçus de son Bureau des affaires juridiques concernant les revendications légales pour l’épidémie de choléra. Alston exhorte également les États Membres de l’ONU à soutenir leurs paroles de sympathie pour les victimes du choléra d’Haïti en donnant généreusement au Fonds fiduciaire récemment créé pour aider matériellement les Haïtiens et à intensifier les efforts pour éliminer la maladie. Sa déclaration inclut même des félicitations à BAI et IJDH pour maintenir la lutte pour la justice de choléra! Click HERE for the English version of the statement. Philip Alston (Rapporteur spécial sur les droits de l’homme et l’extrême pauvreté), Troisième Commission, 29e séance – 71e session UN Web […]

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