Haiti Support Group criticizes the UN’s failure to take responsibility for its role in the cholera epidemic. With no change to medical protocols for the screening and treatment of peacekeeping troops, Phillip Wearne expresses his hope that European courts will rule against UN impunity.
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Haitians Deserve the Truth over UN’s Role in Cholera Epidemic
Phillip Wearne, Haiti Support Group
September 8, 2016
The 9,200 Haitians killed and more than 800,000 seriously sickened by the UN’s grossly negligent introduction of cholera to Haiti via their peacekeeping force there, will be relieved to know from Stephen O’Brien UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs that “the UN welcomes public scrutiny.” (UN is impartial in Syria as it is elsewhere, The Guardian, 1 September 2016).
If only. Having denied its responsibilities and culpability at every turn, buried the evidence and expertise that proves liability, hidden behind its legal immunity in US courts and refused even minimal compensation to some of the poorest people on earth for six years, to Haitians, the UN does not have a humanitarian department worthy of the name.
The failure to hold itself to account or allow anyone else to do so in court means that the causes of this disaster remain unaddressed. UN medical protocols still do not require the screening and treatment of troops being deployed on peacekeeping missions (see Guardian report April 14, 2016). Woefully inadequate UN sanitation in the field remains “unsatisfactory,” as an internal UN report concluded in June 2015…
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