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Haiti Cholera Victims Demand UN Damages


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Cal
- 1014 days ago - bbc.co.uk
Lawyers representing 5,000 cholera victims in Haiti are seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation from the UN over the epidemic.



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Cal Mendelsohn (978)
Tuesday November 8, 2011, 10:23 pm
An amazing case of incompetence and deadly consequences.

From
http://ijdh.org/archives/22907

After half a cen tury with out a sin gle case of cholera, the Insti tute for Jus tice and Democ racy in Haiti says, a coun try already rav aged by a mas sive earth quake, intractable poverty and waves of polit i cal insta bil ity has now seen five per cent of the pop u la tion con tract the ill ness, and more than 6,000 peo ple die from it, because of the reck less actions of peace keep ers from Nepal.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Wednesday November 9, 2011, 12:07 am
I am speechless
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (79)
Wednesday November 9, 2011, 5:02 am
I remember when the cholera first broke out in Haiti, in Oct 2010, Haitians & observers there were furious at the UN & immediately blamed the UN & a battalion of Nepalese troops, part of the U.N. military 'peacekeeping' force, for the outbreak because of the Nepalese' hygiene practices.

That's why I was particularly interested to discover that Democracy Now! dealt with the newsbreaking lawsuit on yesterday's show & to watch their coverage : Exclusive- 5,000 Haitian Cholera Victims Sue U.N. After Deadly Epidemic Kills 6,000, Sickens 450,000 :
"A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of more than 5,000 Haitians against the United Nations over the cholera outbreak that has further devastated Haiti in the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake.

It is widely believed the cholera was brought to Haiti by a battalion of Nepalese troops with the U.N. peacekeeping force. In a complaint to the United Nations, the attorneys for the Haitian victims also accuse the organization of reckless failure in containing the outbreak, arguing it is "directly attributable to the negligence, gross negligence, recklessness and deliberate indifference" for the health and lives of Haitians. "Time after time, the response has been to deny the allegations. We’re hoping that this is the case that’s too big to fail, that the evidence against the United Nations is so overwhelming here that the U.N. will have no choice but to finally take responsibility for its malfeasance," says attorney Brian Concannon of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. "What we are asking for, what our clients are asking for, is the U.N. and the international community to step up and to give Haiti the sanitation infrastructure it needs to stop the epidemic." "

Amy's guest for this coverage: Brian Concannon, director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti & a human rights lawyer, & the interview can be viewed.
 

John S. (300)
Wednesday November 9, 2011, 7:31 am
Noted.
 

Vicky P. (462)
Wednesday November 9, 2011, 2:00 pm
wow, who would have thought it was bought there
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Wednesday November 9, 2011, 4:17 pm
Noted. Thanks.
 

marie tc (166)
Wednesday November 9, 2011, 4:35 pm
We have to stop GIVE GIVE GIVE we no longer have it to give
Some of these countries are never ending takers
They have to blame someone They needed the sanitation long before the troops arrived. Leave it to the pop star president
Human rights often goes just too far
 

Marianna Moln?r Woods (9)
Wednesday November 9, 2011, 10:46 pm
noted
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Thursday November 10, 2011, 6:01 am
Really, first there is no reason to think that the souce was not local and I have neither seen or heard of any proof that the Nepalese UN contingent was the source of the infection. And since other than people shellfish and plankton are the only know sources I find it just as likely that the source could be local, one should note that cholera outbreaks in disasters like Haiti are very common without external infection sources. And since many people who are infected with cholera are asymptomatic and what little infrastucture was on Haiti before the disaster was gone and it is totally unreasonable to assume that the first responders would put sewage treatment ahead of rescue efforts this is just stupid. If no one had responded there would have been a cholera outbreak anyway and more deaths added from no resuces, or food or medical supplies. Remember that at any given time 3-5 million people on Planet Earth have cholera without UN infection as the source. If they want the money pull it directly from all of the aid, it will still make it into the Hatian economy.
 

Yvonne F. (166)
Thursday November 10, 2011, 10:30 am
The worst of it is that it could have been prevented! Like they didn't have problems enough on Haiti! Thanks, Cal!
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Thursday November 10, 2011, 11:27 am
I would love to see the UN financially take a beating. For the little that they do, they certainly need to come clean and do the right thing for these people.
 

Doranna Mcclendon (1)
Saturday November 12, 2011, 6:42 pm
Get the United Nations to give them people who are and were very sick with Cholera money,to compensate with their pain,and they are the cause of their sicknesses. And they need money. Get out of their country,if you are not going to help them in their country. And stop giving the women and girls their in Haiti birth control and abortions, just start helping them. Youall don't have the women who are white in Europe take birth control or have abortions,in order to help them there,so stop doing it to Black people in Black countries,such as Haiti.
 
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