Haitian cholera epidemic subject of suit v. UN, forum at Harvard

ImageSounds a little like a  no-good-deed-goes-unpunished situation. One the other hands, do-gooders can make big mistakes too.

From the New York Times:

Advocates for Haitian victims of the deadly cholera epidemic that first afflicted their country three years ago said they were taking the extraordinary step on Wednesday of suing the United Nations, asserting that the organization’s peacekeeping force in Haiti was responsible for introducing the disease through sewage contamination from its barracks.

The story goes on to note that the illness have killed 8,300 Haitians and sickened more than 650,000 in the earthquake-ravaged country. imagesAbout 1,000 Haitians still die each year.  Although the epidemic has been traced to Nepalese members of a UN  peacekeeping force , the time reports that United Nations has not accepted responsibility for the epidemic and claims it is subject to diplomatic immunity.  The suit was filed by Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti/Bureau des Avocats Internationaux.

More here from:

The BBC

Harvard holds a forum on the issue next week; WHY: Cholera continues to ravage Haiti.  It’s important to discuss where that leaves Haitians today and in the future. Harvard’s Ticknor Lounge. Wednesday, October 16 2013, 6:30-8:30pm

 


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