A Chance to Right a Wrong in Haiti

nytimes.com - February 22nd, 2013 - Louise C. Ivers

On Thursday, the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, rejected a legal claim for compensation filed in 2011 on behalf of cholera victims in Haiti. Through a spokesperson, Mr. Ban said the claims, brought by a nongovernmental organization, were “not receivable” because of the United Nations’ diplomatic immunity.

Regardless of the merits of this argument, the United Nations has a moral, if not legal, obligation to help solve a crisis it inadvertently helped start.


How the U.N. Caused Haiti's Cholera Crisis -- and Won't Be Held Responsible

Image: Boys on their way to fill water jugs pause near a cross adorned with black cloth on a hill overlooking a burial site for earthquake victims outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti on January 10, 2011. (Allison Shelley/Reuters)

theatlantic.com - February 26th, 2013 - Armin Rosen

If a multinational corporation behaved the way the U.N. did in Haiti, it would be sued for stratospheric amounts of money. And that's just for starters: Were Unilever or Coca-Cola responsible for a cholera outbreak that killed 8,000 people and infected 640,000 more, and for subsequently covering up its employees' failure to adhere to basic sanitation standards, it is likely their executives would have difficulty visiting countries claiming universal legal jurisdiction. They would have to contend with Interpol red notices, along with the occasional cream pie attack. And the companies themselves would go into damage control mode, akin to BP's post-oil-spill public relations blitz, or Wal-Mart's pivot toward promoting American-made products.


4th Annual Sustainable Haiti Conference, April 17-19, 2013 - Miami Conference Center

The 4th annual Sustainable Haiti Conference will take place from April 17th- April 19th, 2013 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Sustainable Haiti Conference will consist of dozens of speakers from around the world- Haiti’s largest economic development conference, and remains the largest annual Haiti-specific conference in the world. Since 2010, Sustainable Haiti Conference has hosted hundreds of speakers and attendees on an annual basis.

For more information, go to: http://www.haiticonference.com/

Kier Appointed for Key Haiti Reconstruction Project


kier.co.uk - February 14, 2013

Kier has been awarded the design & build contract for a hotel project in Haiti that is seen as a pivotal scheme in the island’s reconstruction following the devastating earthquake that struck in January 2010.

The 175-bedroom hotel in Port-au-Prince is being financed by mobile phone provider Digicel Group and will be operated by Marriott Hotels & Resorts.

No Roof, No Roots

IDP camp Grace Village, Carrefour municipality, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, May 2012. © Amnesty International

livewire.amnesty.org - by Livewire Team - January 11, 2013

Three years after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, thousands of people are now facing forced eviction from their basic tents.

The U.N.'s Haitian Shell Game

Image: Members of the U.N. plan to handle cholera outbreak in Haiti.

foreignpolicy.com - December 18th, 2013 - Jonathan M. Katz and Tom Murphy

Those following the two-year-old saga of the United Nations and cholera in Haiti were startled by a pair of headlines last week. "UN launches ambitious $2.2 billion plan to eliminate cholera in Haiti, DR," trumpeted the Associated Press on Dec. 11, reporting on a press conference by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Reuters echoed: "UN's Ban launches bid to stamp out cholera in Haiti."

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In the Time of Cholera

Image: The sick in Haiti (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

foreignpolicy.com - January 10th, 2013 - Jonathan M. Katz

Rosemond and his cousin would sell rum and kleren moonshine to the soldiers at the U.N. base, and introduce them to the neighborhood girls in exchange for a few dollars. But that was about it. Even the earthquake had been boring in Meille. The ground had just groaned and rumbled and stopped.

The sickness came nine months after.

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Haiti’s Recovery is Real

Image: Reconstruction efforts in Haiti

foreignpolicy.com - January 15th, 2013 - Heraldo Muñoz

Beyond the mountains," according to a well-known Haitian proverb, there are "more mountains." It's an apt line in a country that has faced outsized challenges for as long as anyone can remember, but one that can only begin to describe the trials posed by the catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which rocked the half-island nation three years ago. The quake killed more than 200,000 people, displaced 1.5 million, and destroyed some 300,000 buildings. It also inflicted close to $8 billion worth of damage, and destroyed roughly 80 percent of the country's economy.

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