This report is submitted to the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation concerning the United Nation’s responsibility in spreading cholera in Haiti as a violation of the right to water and sanitation. The submission discusses violations of the right to water, including the role of United Nations peacekeepers in introducing the virus to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. The report addresses the United Nations’ unwillingness to accept responsibility for its role in the outbreak and its failure to establish redress mechanisms for victims affected by the cholera epidemic. It further discusses the current efforts of victims to enforce the right to water, and the need to implement accountability mechanisms to secure remedies for such violations.
Sarah Davila-Ruhaak, Steven Schwinn, & Beatrice Lindstrom, Cholera As A Grave Violation of the Right to Water in Haiti (2014) (submitted to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation)