9 October 2013

Lawsuit filled in the US against the UN over Haiti cholera epidemic

Lawyers for Haitian victims of a cholera outbreak announced they were filling a suit against the United Nations (UN) in a Federal District Court in New York. The suit calls on the UN to compensate victims of the epidemic.

It is believed that the outbreak began after MINUSTAH peacekeepers from Nepal brought the bacteria, and spread quickly due to negligence in the sanitation of the UN base.

Last summer, researchers from the Yale University published a report arguing that the UN caused the outbreak and should pay compensation to the victims.

Lawyers for the victims have not communicated on the arguments they would present against the immunity of the UN.

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Source: The New York Times | Rights Advocates Suing U.N. Over the Spread of Cholera in Haiti
Source: BBC | UN sued over Haiti cholera epidemic

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