Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, released a scathing report to the UN on October 24, 2016. Alston argues that the clear evidence pointing to the UN’s responsibility for bringing cholera to Haiti, and its subsequent refusal to admit culpability, is a scandal comparable to Watergate. Alston calls the UN’s legal position, recommended by its Office of Legal Affairs, “morally unconscionable, legally indefensible, and politically self-defeating.”
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Haiti cholera scandal ‘the UN’s Watergate’, says body’s own human rights adviser
Sam Ball, FRANCE24
October 26, 2016
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The UN’s refusal to accept responsibility for bringing cholera to Haiti six years ago, leading to the deaths of more than 9,000 people, is a scandal on the same scale as Watergate, the organisation’s own human rights adviser has told FRANCE 24.
The comparison was made by Philip Alston, professor of law at NYU and the United Nation’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, who labelled the UN’s “explicit and unqualified denial” of being behind the outbreak “a disgrace” in a scathing report presented to the intergovernmental body on Tuesday.
“The situation is completely clear: that the UN was responsible for bringing cholera to Haiti, but the formal position adopted is that ‘we are not culpable’ and that is a scandal comparable to Watergate in my view,” Alston told FRANCE 24…
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