Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

How the UN System is Set Up Against Justice

Victims of the cholera epidemic brought to Haiti by UN peacekeepers have been seeking justice for almost six years. The UN has dodged accountability through a clause in its Charter that grants the organization immunity from lawsuits. Even when incidents occur within the UN, whistle-blowing is discouraged and whistleblowers often face retaliation. These are just two of the barriers to seeking justice from the UN. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Policy change is needed to hold UN responsible for its crimes Rasna Warah, Daily Nation August 29, 2016 In 2010, United Nations peacekeepers from Nepal were implicated in the spreading of cholera that killed more than 9,000 people in Haiti and made hundreds of thousands of others very sick. Apparently, the Nepalese peacekeepers were not using proper sanitation at the base where they were camped and […]

UN’s immunity and impunity in the times of cholera and other calamities

Rasna Warah,  Daily Nation March 17th, 2013 It is a scandal beyond belief. After starting a cholera epidemic in Haiti in 2010, which has so far claimed more than 8,000 lives, the United Nations has not only denied responsibility, but is using its “diplomatic immunity” status to deny the victims’ families compensation. To add insult to injury, the UN has launched a $2 billion appeal to fight the very epidemic that it introduced to Haiti in the first place. Reports indicate that it began in 2010 when the UN sent Nepalese peacekeepers to Haiti without first screening them for cholera and other diseases. Haiti was still recovering from a massive earthquake when the infected soldiers dumped sewage into a river system used by the local people. More than 647,000 people have since been infected with cholera, and the numbers keep […]

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