Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

David and Goliath: An Epidemiological Perspective on Cholera, Haiti, and the UN

Jason Silverstein reviews the case of cholera in Haiti through an epidemiological perspective, covering the alleged cause of the epidemic as well as the reactions of the international community both within and outside the United Nations. Silverstein advocates for the establishment of an official forum that would examine why the epidemic happened and who is responsible.

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Why the Haitian Cholera Victims Deserve Their Day in Court

Jason Silverstein, PLoS

June 27, 2016

The battle between victims of the cholera epidemic in Haiti and the United Nations may resemble a classic David and Goliath story except in this case Goliath hasn’t even shown up to fight.

The reason is that the United Nations is granted “immunity from every form of legal process”—even though public health experts believe UN peacekeeping troops are responsible for the cholera outbreakin Haiti, which has infected more than 750,000 people and killed more than 9,000 since October 2010. (Though a recent paper from Médecins Sans Frontières researchers suggests that there may be “a substantially higher cholera mortality rate than previously reported.”)

Nevertheless, on January 9, 2015, US District Court Judge J. Paul Oetken dismissed a class action lawsuit brought by the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. But in March the Second Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to review the District Court’s ruling. The decision of the three judges is pending.


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