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US Federal Judge Dismisses Cholera Victims’ Claims

January 9, 2015, a US judge dismissed the case of Haiti’s cholera victims against the United Nations. The judge ruled that the UN enjoys absolute immunity unless expressly waived. The UN has, instead, pleged to raise $2.27 billion but is having a very hard time finding donors.

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Haiti Cholera Suit Struck Down

January 10, 2015

A Haitian girl with cholera symptoms is doused with water at an improvised clinic run by Doctors Without Borders in Port-au-Prince

A U.S. court has ruled the United Nations is immune from a class action lawsuit stemming from Haiti’s cholera outbreak.

On Friday, a U.S. federal judge dismissed a class action lawsuit against the United Nations launched by Haitians who say U.N. forces should be held accountable for their nation’s cholera epidemic.

Judge J. Paul Oetken said the U.N. enjoys immunity against such cases.

According to Oetken, the U.N. would have to waive its immunity for the case to go ahead. Beatrice Lindstrom, a lawyer with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and supporter of the class action, has slammed the court’s decision.

“The court’s decision implies that the U.N. can operate with impunity,” she stated, according to the New York Times.


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