U.N. sued over cholera outbreaks in Haiti
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 23:10
A class action lawsuit blaming to the United Nations for spreading cholera in Haiti was announced Wednesday, after the international organization decided against giving compensation to Haitian victims following the 2010 earthquake in the country.
After conducting its own investigation, the U.N. determined in February it would not compensate families of cholera victims based on section 29 of the Conventions on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations. Since the official epidemic was announced in October 2010, cholera has killed over 8,000 Haitians, according to a September report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The cholera outbreak was linked to U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal who carried the strain to a camp near Mirebalais, a village in Haiti. According to a report released by the UCLA School of Public Health, international news organizations reported poor sanitary conditions at the camp, including sewage being dumped in a nearby body of water.
The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti filed the lawsuit, demanding the U.N. compensate victims’ families.
A statement by the IJD said the plaintiffs were seeking reimbursement for emotional and physical injuries, as well as deaths.