October 2020 marks the 10-year anniversary of UN peacekeepers’ introduction of cholera to Haiti. The resulting epidemic has killed over 10,000 people and caused immeasurable losses in Haiti. The UN’s reluctance to accept responsibility and to remedy affected communities has also tested the organization’s commitment to human rights and spurred strong criticisms from inside and outside of the organization. This event brings together UN officials and Haiti advocates to examine what lessons the UN should draw from the cholera epidemic. Panelists will discuss how the cholera experience has changed the UN, and how the organization still needs to change, in order to prevent future harms and ensure that it is accountable to the people it serves.
- Philip Alston, former UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty & Human Rights
- Andrew Gilmour, former UN Assistant Secretary-General of Human Rights
- Mario Joseph, Managing Attorney, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux
- Josette Sheeran, UN Special Envoy for Haiti
- Ralph Ternier, Director of Community Health, Zanmi Lasante
This event is part of Harvard Worldwide Week. It is organized by the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School and co-sponsored by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, the FXB Center for Health & Human Rights, the EJ Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, and HLS Advocates for Human Rights.