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UN Poisoning of Roma in Kosovo Mirrors Haiti Cholera

When Roma families moved onto land contaminated with lead, health experts warned the United Nations that the land was toxic and the families should be relocated. Even so, the residents were left there for years accumulating health problems, especially among expecting mothers, children and the elderly, because of the toxic soil and dust in the region. For perhaps a decade, victims of this poisoning and their advocates have been seeking an apology and compensation from the UN but their efforts have been frustrated just like the efforts of cholera victims and their advocates: If the UN goes too far in acknowledging its responsibility, it may be legally bound to actually pay for its negligence. Part of the article is below. Read the full text here. Roma Sickened in U.N. Camps Are Still Waiting for Redress Rick Gladstone, The New York Times April 18, […]

UN Ordered to Take Responsibility for Roma Deaths. Haitians Next?

In 2010, United Nations peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti. That is the same year that UN camps for Romas in Kosovo were demolished because the toxic land was making the residents sick. Thousands of Haitians and Romas have died or become ill through UN negligence and the UN is now beginning to take responsibility for what happened in Kosovo. Does this mean it will soon take responsibility for what happened in Haiti as well? There are many parallels between the two cases, as this article describes. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Will the UN ever accept responsibility for Haiti’s devastating cholera epidemic? Rosa Freedman & Nicolas Lemay-Hébert, The Conversation April 25, 2016 What happens when a humanitarian organisation meant to protect people instead causes them grave harm? That has long been the question where […]

UN Advisors Recommend Apology, Compensation for Roma Poisoned by UN Negligence

A UN-led panel found that the United Nations compromised the lives and health of inhabitants of camps in Kosovo, which were built on a toxic wasteland and had high levels of lead. The camps house Roma, who were forced to live there in light of the war between Serbia and ethnic Albanians, and immediately began experiencing health problems because of the camps’ toxicity. Despite these illnesses and deaths, and recommendations from human rights groups, the WHO and medical experts, the UN kept the Roma in these camps for over ten years. The panel’s recommendation of an apology and compensation has important parallels to the cholera case, which also involves UN negligence leading to unnecessary and prolonged illness and deaths. Roma Poisoned at U.N. Camps in Kosovo May Get Apology and Compensation Rick Gladstone, The New York Times April 7, 2016 Hundreds […]

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