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UN’s expert calls its handling of cholera ‘a disgrace’

The United Nation’s Human Rights Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Philip Alston, release a report to the UN General Assembly criticizing its decision to follow what he calls “flawed and unfounded” legal advice, preventing them from accepting legal responsibility of the cholera outbreak in 2010. The Guardian’s Ben Quinn explains and analyzes the report in the article below.

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UN’s own expert calls its actions over Haiti cholera outbreak ‘a disgrace’

Ben Quinn, The Guardian

October 25th, 2016

A man with cholera symptoms is carried to a small clinic in Randelle, Haiti, on 19 October 2016. (Photo from original article)


The United Nations’ refusal to accept responsibility for the devastating cholera outbreak that has claimed more than 9,000 lives in Haiti has been branded a “disgrace” by the organisation’s own human rights special rapporteur.

Human rights groups working with victims had reacted with jubilation earlier this year following the UN’s first tacit admission that it was to blame for the outbreak after doggedly refusing to address how its peacekeepers brought the disease to Haiti in 2010.

However, in a scathing report (pdf) to the UN general assembly, the organisation’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, said that flawed and unfounded legal advice provided by the UN lawyers was preventing it from accepting responsibility for the outbreak…


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