Justice and Reparations!: Haiti's Cholera Victims Demand Accountability at UN

Haitian protesters and their advocates brought their voices outside the United Nations headquarters on Thursday, holding a demonstration to demand justice and reparations for the deadly cholera outbreak brought to the poverty-stricken nation by UN forces.

Over 8,000 Haitians have died and over 675,000 have been sickened by cholera in the last three years, and while evidence abounds that it was brought to the country by Nepalese forces deployed by the UN after the devastating earthquake, the UN has repeatedly evaded responsibility.

In February, the UN rejected a November 2011 claim for compensation on behalf of victims of the disease, stating, “claims are not receivable.” In May, victims threatened to sue the UN if it did not stop evading its moral and legal obligations and provide justice and reparations. 

In addition, the Center for Economic and Policy Research’s Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch points out,

Haiti’s Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe is expected to address the UN General Assembly at 7 PM Thursday. It remains to be seen if he will use the podium to highlight the victims’ call for justice.

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