Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Sincerity Test: The UN Cholera Epidemic in Haiti and the Rule of Law

Brian Concannon,  The World Justice Project August 15, 2012 “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.”  James Madison, Federalist Paper No. 51 The cholera epidemic introduced to Haiti by United Nations troops provides an important test to the United Nations’ commitment to the rule of law, and a potentially precedent-setting challenge to immunity agreements for international organizations. Cholera was introduced into Haiti by peacekeepers from the UN Stabilization Mission for Haiti (MINUSTAH), who were deployed from a cholera-epidemic zone in their home country without being tested or treated for cholera, and stationed at a base that leaked human waste into Haiti’s largest river system in at least two places.  The epidemic started just downstream of the base, and spread quickly throughout the country. Haiti’s […]

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