Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Who Will Pay for Cholera in Haiti?

Amy Hansen, Health Map March 1, 2013 The United Nations (UN) last week rejected a legal claim for compensation to Haitian cholera victims and families, citing diplomatic immunity. The diplomatic immunity granted to UN officials essentially means that they are exempted from legal prosecution to ensure that they may effectively carry out their duties. The claim, filed by the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) on behalf of more than 5,000 Haitians,sought: 1) compensation for cholera victims ($50,000 for each survivor and $100,000 for each bereaved family), 2) a nationwide response by the UN consisting of medical treatment for victims and clean water and sanitation infrastructure to control the epidemic, and 3) a public apology from the UN. More than 8,000 have died and 646,000 sickened by cholera in Haiti since the outbreak began in October 2010, just ten months after […]

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