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Haitian Victims Sue UN Over Cholera Epidemic

From Reuters:

U.N. faces U.S. lawsuit over Haiti cholera epidemic

By Louis Charbonneau | October 9, 2013

(Reuters) – Human rights lawyers representing Haitian victims of a cholera epidemic they blame on U.N. peacekeepers announced on Wednesday they were filing a lawsuit against the United Nations, with a New York court seeking compensation from the world body.

The decision to file suit comes after the United Nations said earlier this year that it would not pay hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation claimed by cholera victims in impoverished Haiti, where the epidemic has killed over 8,300 people and sickened more than 650,000 since October 2010.

Funny how little media attention that got. But imagine the UN actually being held responsible for their ineptitude, for once.

"The plaintiffs include Haitians and Haitian Americans who contracted cholera themselves as well as family members of those who died of the disease," the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti said in a statement.

The statement said lawyers were filing the suit in the U.S. District Court in New York’s Southern District. There were no details about the amount of compensation victims were seeking.

We hope the plaintiffs realize the UN has more money than Allah.

An independent panel appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to study the epidemic issued a 2011 report that did not determine conclusively how the cholera was introduced to Haiti.

But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that evidence strongly suggested U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal were the source…

Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky said in February of this year that the world body advised the representatives of the cholera victims that "the claims are not receivable pursuant to Section 29 of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities."

Under Section 29 the United Nations is required to make provisions for "appropriate modes of settlement" of private law disputes to which the world body is a party or disputes involving a U.N. official who enjoys diplomatic immunity.

In other words, the UN is above the law. So nothing will come of it. And the US will end up paying the victims. But, still, it’s a nice token gesture.

The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti said at the time it was disappointed by the U.N. decision and would pursue the case in court.
It was not immediately clear how the issue of diplomatic immunity for the United Nations would impact the lawsuit being filed in the New York court.

Ban launched a $2.2 billion initiative in December 2012 to stamp out cholera over the next decade in Haiti.

Which will probably end up lining the pockets of the thugs in the UN, with only a fraction of the money finding its way to Haiti’s thugs.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Haitian Victims Sue UN Over Cholera Epidemic”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    No.No no no. The proper order is, first you try to work through channels, then you complain to Bono, then you send a strongly worded letter .. then you try to sue a stateless, unaccountable Communist inspired organization dedicated to the hegemony of the ruling class.

    But, good luck all the same, pilgrim. Cholera is going to be the least of your worries ..

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