Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haitian Cholera Victims to UN: Start Talks for Compensation or We’ll Sue for Billions

By Makini Brice, Counsel & Heal  May 9, 2013 Lawyers from the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti have issued the United Nations with an ultimatum: either start talks for a compensation claim within 60 days, or the international organization will be taken to court to the tune of billions of dollars. The Associated Press reports that Haiti has been struck by a cholera epidemic since 2010, shortly after a devastating earthquake rocked the island nation, killing 316,000 people and leaving a million more displaced. Shortly afterwards, Haiti was ravaged by cholera. Because the country had been free of cholera for 200 years, the citizens of Haiti had no immunity to the disease. As a result, the cholera epidemic has been so severe that, at one point, it was infecting one person a minute. Independent studies have traced the strain […]

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