9 October 2013
Lawsuit filled in the US against the UN over Haiti cholera epidemic
Lawyers for Haitian victims of a cholera outbreak announced they were filling a suit against the United Nations (UN) in a Federal District Court in New York. The suit calls on the UN to compensate victims of the epidemic.
It is believed that the outbreak began after MINUSTAH peacekeepers from Nepal brought the bacteria, and spread quickly due to negligence in the sanitation of the UN base.
Last summer, researchers from the Yale University published a report arguing that the UN caused the outbreak and should pay compensation to the victims.
Lawyers for the victims have not communicated on the arguments they would present against the immunity of the UN.