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U.S. Government Helps Bar Access to Justice for Cholera Victims

The cholera epidemic brought to Haiti by UN peacekeepers has killed at least 9000 people since its introduction in 2010. Since then, the UN has continually dodged accountability, aided by the U.S. government representing the UN’s interests in court. Why is the U.S. government helping the UN deny justice for the victims of cholera?

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For background on cholera in Haiti, click HERE.

Blame for Haiti’s cholera epidemic

Kertch Conze, Miami Herald

March 14, 2016

There is no question that U.N. peacekeepers caused the deadly cholera epidemic that has killed 9,000 people in Haiti by leaking untreated sewage into Haiti’s largest river.
Even the United Nations no longer contests this, but argues that it cannot be held accountable.
This question reached new levels recently when a federal appeals court heard arguments on whether the U.N. can claim immunity from a lawsuit seeking remedies for the victims.
For Haitian Americans who have supported the victims’ rights for years, this was a milestone.

 

 

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For background on cholera in Haiti, click HERE.

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