Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

UN stance on Haiti cholera ‘immoral’ says lawyer

February 21, 2013

BBC Latin America & Caribbean Broadcast

The United Nations has formally rejected all claims for compensation from victims of the cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed nearly 8,000 people.

Evidence suggests cholera was introduced to Haiti through leaking sewage pipes at a camp housing Nepalese peacekeepers.

Human rights lawyer Ira Kurzban has said it is ”immoral” for the UN to deny responsibility for the epidemic.

He added that the secretary-general had to be held accountable and that further legal action may be pursued.

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