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How Poor Water and Sanitation Impact Education in Haiti

On March 23, 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council met to discuss the latest report by the Gustavo Gallón, the UN Independent Expert on Haiti. The statement below comes from one of the groups who participated in this meeting, Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW highlights the effects of poor water and sanitation on education in Haiti, particularly for girls, and the need for adjudication of the UN’s introduction of cholera to Haiti.

Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text.

UN Human Rights Council: Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Haiti

Human Rights Watch

March 23, 2016

Thank you, Mr. Gallon for your continued work on human rights in Haiti.

On the question of cholera, Human Rights Watch has noted that to date, there has been no independent adjudication of the facts surrounding the introduction of cholera to Haiti and the question of the UN’s involvement. A recent communication from you and four other Special Rapporteurs to the Secretary-General stresses that “it is essential that the victims of cholera have access to a transparent, independent and impartial mechanism that can review their claims and decide on the merits of those claims ….”

We note that the communication also requested a meeting with UN representatives to discuss this further before bringing the matter to the Human Rights Council.  Could you tell us where the process is now? Has the Secretary-General responded to this letter? What do you see as the next steps in this process?

Thank you for all of your hard work on behalf of human rights in Haiti.

Click HERE for the full statement.

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