Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

How Cholera Victims Are Challenging UN Immunity

This paper gives an account of the cholera epidemic brought to Haiti by United Nations peacekeepers in 2010. Then it goes on to discuss UN immunity, and how that affects the cholera victims’ fight for justice in US court, in detail. The cholera victims’ case against the UN is an opportunity to re-evaluate UN immunity and its obligations to provide mechanisms for dispute resolution. The abstract is below. Click HERE for the full paper. UN Immunity or Impunity? A Human Rights Based Challenge Rosa Freedman, European Journal of International Law April 7, 2014 National courts have long understood the UN to have absolute immunity from their jurisdiction, based upon provisions in the UN Charter and the Convention on Privileges and Immunities of the UN. While state immunity has evolved over recent decades, allowing restrictive immunity that distinguishes between acts jure imperii […]

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