In Haiti, a building fights Cholera

By John Cary, New York Times, Sept. 12, 2017

Next month marks the seventh anniversary of the cholera outbreak that ravaged Haiti. The disease, which can cause death within hours if left untreated, came less than a year after Haiti was rocked by an enormous earthquake that left hundreds of thousands dead and millions injured, displaced and destitute.

Haiti's promised rebuilding unrealized as Haitians challenge authoritarian rule

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By Travis Ross and Roger Annis, published in the 'Speakout' feature section of, Monday, January 12, 2015 (This article was translated and published in Spanish in Uruguay. Find the Spanish version here.)

Five years following the January 12, 2010 earthquake that struck the capital city of Haiti, the loudly-trumpeted reconstruction of the country is still an unrealized dream. The beginning of the year 2015 finds Haitians engaged in a massive movement of political protest and empowerment seeking to renew, against all odds, their 210-year old nation-building project. Winning a renewal means setting aside the false promises and cruel betrayals of the past five years by the big governments and aid agencies of the world.

Senior UN expert calls for Haiti cholera compensation

A UN-appointed expert has publicly disagreed with the world body and called for "full compensation" for the victims of a cholera epidemic in Haiti.

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Gustavo Gallon also said in his report that "those responsible" for the outbreak should be punished. Mr Gallon is a UN-appointed expert on human rights in Haiti.

Evidence suggests UN peacekeepers introduced cholera to Haiti in 2010, but the world body has rejected compensation claims. The outbreak - which has killed more than 8,300 people and infected hundreds of thousands - has been blamed on leaking sewage pipes at a UN base.

Nouveau site web sur le choléra en Haïti

L'introduction du choléra en Haïti par les soldats népalais de la mission de l'ONU en Haïti (MINUSTAH) ne fait aucun doute. Alors que la communauté scientifique s'accorde sur l'origine népalaise de la souche importée en Haïti en octobre 2010, l'ONU continue de nier sa responsabilité dans l'introduction du choléra dans le pays.  Ce site vous renseigne sur les différents aspects de la  tragédie qui se déroule actuellement en Haïti en vous présentant les faits et les principaux rapports scientifiques publiés par les experts internationaux.

Haitian cholera victims sue UN for gross negligence

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October 9, 2013, New York- Attorneys from the human rights groups Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), and civil rights law firm Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzelli & Pratt (KKWT), announced today the filing of a class action lawsuit against the United Nations (UN) on behalf of victims of the deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti. Since October 2010, when the UN contaminated Haiti's principal river with cholera-infected human waste, the disease has killed over 8,300, sickened more than 650,000, and continues to kill about 1,000 Haitians per year.

Speaking from Geneva, where he is being honored as a finalist for the Martin Ennals Human Rights Award, BAI Managing Attorney Mario Joseph said: "The filing of this lawsuit marks a critical step towards justice for Haiti and all those who have suffered and are suffering because of cholera." Joseph is co-counsel on the case and has led the fight for justice for cholera victims since 2011.

Justice and reparations!--Haiti's cholera victims demand accountability at UN

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By  Andrea Germanos, staff writer, Common Dreams, Sept 27, 2013

Haitian protesters and their advocates brought their voices outside the United Nations headquarters on Thursday, holding a demonstration to demand justice and reparations for the deadly cholera outbreak brought to the poverty-stricken nation by UN forces.

Over 8,000 Haitians have died and over 675,000 have been sickened by cholera in the last three years, and while evidence abounds that it was brought to the country by Nepalese forces deployed by the UN after the devastating earthquake, the UN has repeatedly evaded responsibility.

Yale University study: United Nations should be held accountable for cholera

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By Associated Press, in Washington Post, August 6, 2013

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti should be held accountable for introducing cholera into the Caribbean nation, a Yale University report said Tuesday.

In the report “Peacekeeping Without Accountability,” researchers from Yale Law School and the Yale School of Public Health said there is ample scientific evidence to show U.N. troops from Nepal inadvertently brought cholera to Haiti in October 2010. It said the world body should take responsibility. (Read the report, attached to this web posting.)

Cholera outbreak in Haiti tied to U.N. peacekeepers, report says

By Colum Lynch, The Washington Post, July 25, 2013

UNITED NATIONS — A group of scientists who investigated the source of a cholera epidemic in Haiti that killed thousands of people has concluded that U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal probably introduced the strain into the Haitian population. In a report, the scientists concluded that the 2010 outbreak was not the result of “deliberate action” and was caused by a “confluence of factors.”

The findings marked a major retreat by the experts, who were part of an independent panel appointed by the United Nations and who had concluded just two years ago that incomplete evidence and the myriad factors in the epidemic’s spread — including inadequate water and sanitation infrastructure — made it impossible to assign responsibility for the introduction of the strain. Since then, the experts said, they have obtained new evidence, including microbiological samples.