Haiti cholera: UN chief apologises for first time over outbreak but takes no responsibility for 10,000 deaths

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38176288

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has for the first time apologised to the people of Haiti for the organisation’s role in a deadly cholera outbreak.

Haiti was cholera-free until it was brought to the country by Nepalese peacekeepers in 2010.

Since then the acute bacterial disease has killed around 10,000 people.

Mr Ban, however, only said he was sorry for the UN’s failure to prevent the spread of cholera and not for bringing it to the Caribbean nation.

“On behalf of the United Nations, I want to say very clearly we apologise to the Haitian people,” Mr Ban said.

“We simply did not do enough with regard to the cholera outbreak and its spread in Haiti. We are profoundly sorry for our role.”

The cholera outbreak has been blamed on leaking sewage pipes at a UN base, as Haiti was already reeling from the devastating earthquake of 2010.

The UN had long denied involvement, only acknowledging it played a role in August this year.

But the UN does not accept legal responsibility and says it is protected by diplomatic immunity from claims for compensation from victims’ families.

Cholera causes diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and muscle cramps. Once it enters the water supply it is difficult to stop – especially in a country like Haiti which has almost no effective sewage disposal systems.

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the UN brought cholera to haiti and it killed thousands and they admit they did it but thats all..

“Haiti was cholera-free until it was brought to the country by Nepalese peacekeepers in 2010.”

the nepalese put raw sewage in the river and they wondered why everyone got sick..

“Since then the acute bacterial disease has killed around 10,000 people.”

so what about some help now from the UN?

“But the UN does not accept legal responsibility and says it is protected by diplomatic immunity from claims for compensation from victims’ families.”

theres your caring compassionate overlords..

401

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~ by seeker401 on December 6, 2016.

12 Responses to “Haiti cholera: UN chief apologises for first time over outbreak but takes no responsibility for 10,000 deaths”

  1. I am sure Bill and Hilary will be rushing to help once everyone sends them a donation

  2. Equity demands a remedy for injury. I would like to commend those who have brought an action against the UN. If you FTM their biggest concern is should immunity be waived it will open the floodgates.It ain’t over yet!!!

    A three-judge federal appeals court panel held a hearing March 1 on whether the U.N. should be held accountable for Haiti’s devastating epidemic.

    A federal district judge last year dismissed the class-action suit, ruling that international treaties immunize the U.N. from lawsuits. The plaintiffs appealed the lower court’s dismissal, resulting in this month’s hearing. The United States is defending the U.N., since the agency is headquartered in New York.

    The lawsuit was brought by the Boston-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and a sister group in Haiti on behalf of 5,000 cholera victims. They want the U.N. to end cholera by installing a national water and sanitation system; pay reparations to cholera victims and their families; and publicly apologize for bringing cholera to Haiti.

    The plaintiffs contend the U.N. forfeited its legal immunity when it failed to launch an internal process to adjudicate the plaintiffs’ claims, as they say its own commitments require.

    “The U.N.’s conditional immunity does not authorize impunity,” plaintiffs’ attorney Beatrice Lindstrom told the three-judge appeals panel.

    The judges seemed to be struggling to find a way to provide some compensation to Haitian cholera victims.

    For instance, Judge Barrington Parker asked Assistant U.S. Attorney Ellen Blain, representing the U.N.’s position: “Would the United States government concede that if you’re right and these people are completely remediless, that that is a very bad result?”

    Blain said the U.S. government “certainly recognizes that this is an unfortunate and tragic humanitarian catastrophe,” but asserted that the U.N. has “absolutely immunity … for a very important reason.”

    She was alluding to U.N. officials’ fear that if the Haitian plaintiffs succeed in piercing the agency’s cloak of immunity, it will open the way to unlimited lawsuits seeking compensation for acts of the U.N. or the 150,000 peacekeeping forces it sends out into the world each year.

    But this argument is being sharply challenged by some of the U.N.’s own staff – a group of five “special rapporteurs” who are appointed to act as internal watchdogs.

    In a letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon presented on March 15 to the U.N. Human Rights Council, the rapporteurs rejected the argument that compensating Haitian cholera victims would be “opening the floodgates to claims against the United Nations.” This is believed to be the first time the U.N.’s human rights watchdogs have criticized the agency itself, rather than member nations.

    The rapporteurs also criticized the U.N.’s efforts to control cholera through clean water and sanitation as “clearly insufficient.” So far the U.N. has spent about $140 million on cholera control in Haiti — only 6 percent of the $2.2 billion the agency says will be needed to eliminate cholera there.

    In unusually blunt language, the rapporteurs told Ban that the U.N.’s denial of “an effective remedy” for cholera “challenges the credibility of the Organization as an entity that respects human rights.”

    http://knkx.org/post/why-un-being-sued-over-haitis-cholera-epidemic

  3. Two applicable points made nearly 7 years ago…

    1) “fuck the UN. it’s just a eugenics front.” xxx

    2) “global government is here..you blinked and missed it everyone..we let their rules override our own..thats loss of sovereignty.” 401

    https://seeker401.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/is-this-the-uns-abu-ghraib-moment-in-haiti/#comment-27829

  4. I hope Klayman refiles this RICO !!!

    http://investmentwatchblog.com/clinton-appointed-judge-dismisses-rico-case-against-clintons/

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