Thursday, November 7, 2013

UN sued for causing Haiti cholera epidemic, refuses to talk about it

UNITED NATIONS ( - Haitian activist organizations remained true to their word by filing an early October class action complaint on behalf of five Haitian families who have suffered because a cholera outbreak in the country tied to UN peacekeepers.

The suit was filed in the United States District Court Southern District of New York. The defendants in the suit are the United Nations, the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. The UN and the secretary-general are charged with complicity in bringing cholera to the Caribbean nation in 2010.

The Boston-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and the Haitian-based Bureau Des Avocats Internationaux said the lawsuit was necessary after a February letter 2013 from UN secretary-general stated that their 2011 calls for compensation for cholera victims in 2011 would not be honored.

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