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Preparedness, surveillance and response

The U.N. owes Haiti relief from cholera epidemic it introduced

Seven years after its soldiers sparked the world’s worst cholera epidemic in Haiti, the United Nations is finally preparing to close its MINUSTAH peacekeeping mission there. When MINUSTAH soldiers discharged contaminated waste into the Artibonite River in 2010, sparking a massive cholera outbreak, the U.N. denied its role in the tragedy, in defiance of overwhelming evidence and the organization’s own obligations. While the U.N. ignored cholera’s victims, at least 10,000 Haitians died from the disease (though the U.N. has reported that the number may be three times as high). Today, cholera continues to wreak havoc on the people of Haiti, and the crisis has weakened the organization’s credibility as a human rights defender

June 21, 2017
Miami Herald
June 24, 2017

Communicable diseases

U.N. votes to close, replace Haiti peacekeeping mission

The UN Security Council voted unanimously to end its 3-year-long peacekeeping mission in Haiti and replace it with a smaller police force, which would be drawn down after two years as the country boosts its own force. The mission, known as MINUSTAH, has been dogged by controversies, including the introduction of cholera to the island and sexual abuse claims

April 13, 2017
April 12, 2017
Miami Herald
April 13, 2017
CBC News, New York Times
April 14, 2017

What they knew and when they knew it

Slate draws on new emails which show that American officials quickly realised that the UN had brought cholera to Haiti. The emails show that the U.S. government at the highest levels was almost immediately aware that UN forces likely played a role in the outbreak. Multiple federal agencies shielded the UN from accountability to protect the organization. The UN continued to deny any involvement in the outbreak until it admitted it ‘played a role’ in 2016. By then, 800,000 people in Haiti had been sickened and more than 9,500 killed, with some experts saying the real toll could be two or three times higher

March 30, 2017
Slate, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti