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A Call for U.N. Accountability for Cholera in Post-Earthquake Haiti Part II: The Challenge of U.N. Immunity(O’Neill Institute, Oneillinstituteblog.org)

O’Neill Institute, Oneillinstituteblog.org
January 13, 2012

In response to the second anniversary of Haiti’s January 12, 2010 earthquake, this post is the second in a four-part weekly series examining the implications of ongoing efforts to establish U.N. accountability for allegedly causing Haiti’s deadly cholera epidemic in the months following the events of January 12, 2010. This post was authored by O’Neill Institute Research Associate, J.P. Shuster, with support from O’Neill Institute Law Fellow, Ana Ayala.

Two years ago today, Haiti’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, as well as numerous cities across the impoverished Caribbean nation, and tragically redefined mass suffering in the Western Hemisphere. The quake – the largest trembler to hit the island of Hispaniola in over 200 years – caused the deaths of an estimated 100,000 to 230,000 people. It physically destroyed Haiti’s Presidential Palace, its Parliament, law courts, most of its ministerial and public administration buildings, and 50 hospitals and health centers. In total, the event directly affected the lives of 1.5 million people, or fifteen percent of the country’s population.

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