Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Law Profs Think UN Immunity Should Be Curbed

More and more people are uncomfortable with UN immunity and its resulting lack of accountability. Those especially affected by UN immunity are Haitian cholera victims and their families, and survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Growing unease with U.N. immunity ScienceGuide August 13, 2014 Is the U.N. ‘above the law’, like the kings and emperors of the past? More and more Law Professors think the U.N.’s immunity should be curbed. Because immunity can easily lead to impunity. The U.N. is well known for its work in the field of human rights. Peace forces have been called into action when human rights were threatened. But strangely enough, this ‘human rights champion’ does not have its own complaints procedure. This is all the more strange considering that the ‘Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations’ obliged the U.N. already […]

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