UN Being Sued Over Causing, Covering Up Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

choleratcha laterUS NavyThe 2010 earthquake in Haiti killed between 100,000 and 300,000 people, destroying a lot of infrastructure in the capital of Port Au Prince and the surrounding area, as well as the presidential palace, the National Assembly building and the headquarters of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, established in 2004.

The United Nations also deployed thousands of peacekeepers in the aftermath of the earthquake, and a contingent from Nepal is widely believed to have introduced cholera to an island that hadn’t seen the disease in centuries. That outbreak ended up spreading to the neighboring Dominican Republic as well as Cuba and Venezuela, killing 8,500 people and infecting upward of 650,000 Haitians. Despite multiple studies linking the outbreak to a group of UN peacekeepers, the United Nations has resisted taking responsibility. Now, the organization is claiming legal immunity in the face of a lawsuit. NBC News reports:

The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, the advocacy group that will file the suit Wednesday, first tried to file a claim with the U.N. in 2011. The United Nations did not respond for more than 15 months, but then invoked a sweeping immunity from nearly all legal claims that dates back to its founding. Though the U.N. has committed hundreds of millions of dollars to fight the disease, it has not indicated a willingness to settle individual claims from victims.

“We felt it would be much easier to resolve this out of court, to spend less money on lawyers and litigation and more money on stopping cholera in Haiti,” said Brian Concannon of the IJDH. “The U.N. refused to take that opportunity and left us no choice but to go to court.”

The IJDH suit, however, goes beyond placing blame on the U.N., accusing the international body of covering up its role in introducing the disease.

“Because no one was telling anyone the truth,” claimed Concannon, “there (were) a lot of people who were getting sick.”

The UN’s cover up included falsely claiming the Nepalese UN peacekeepers (based near a river that served as a source of drinking water) all tested negative for cholera at the beginning of the outbreak, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in a Manhattan federal court today. No dollar amounts have yet been mentioned, and while the IJDH admits the UN has never lost a lawsuit in court, it says the evidence of wrongdoing has never been so clear.

h/t Jose Luis

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  • Pathogen||

    Dear Haiti, sorry for cholera. BFF? Love U.N.

    P.S. sorry I lied, you should go and get yourself checked out... srsly...

  • Cytotoxic||

    Your handle is perfect.

  • Paul.||

    The United Nations also deployed thousands of peacekeepers in the aftermath of the earthquake, and a contingent from Nepal is widely believed to have introduced cholera to an island that hadn’t seen the disease in centuries. That outbreak ended up spreading to the neighboring Dominican Republic as well as Cuba and Venezuela, killing 8,500 people and infecting upward of 650,000 Haitians.

    When you send in missionaries to civilize the savages, you break some eggs while making that omelet.

  • Pathogen||

    Well, mistakes were made, and lessons were learned, water under the bridge. Cholera used to be a death sentence, so obviously the U.N. made some real progress there... aww fuck it, the U.N. sucks.

  • playa manhattan||

    In this case, it was more than 700 dozen eggs. MMMMmmm, omlettes...

  • Invisible Finger||

    These were mosquito eggs.

  • ||

    What difference, at this point, does it make?

  • Tman||

    Yet another file for the "REASONS THE ENTIRE UN SHOULD BE DUMPED IN THE EAST RIVER IMMEDIATELY" folder.

    Aside from Congress, you have never seen a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

  • fish||

    "REASONS THE ENTIRE UN SHOULD BE DUMPED IN THE EAST RIVER IMMEDIATELY"

    Fuck that....haven't you heard...those assholes are diseased.

  • Paul.||

    Literally! Oh wait.

  • plusafdotcom||

    And for years, I've been saying that the UN HQ should be MOVED TO HAITI!

    That's even more fitting now!

  • RBS||

    My wife posted that Halloween meme about dressing up as a democrat and stealing the candy from the kids at the door then giving it to the lazy kids on her facebook page. Some progtard she went to highschool with then reposted it on her page, insulted my wife and her "privilege" and then had her progtard friends gang up on her. It was something to behold. Pretty much every variation of progtard was represented: the girl with two drs for parents that bitches about everyone else's privilege, the theater major that "works" at a campus theater, the guy who "edits" something no one has ever heard of etc. The projection was almost too much to even process.

  • Cytotoxic||

    'Facebook'-yeah that's where she made her first mistake.

  • Pathogen||

    ♫ Trollin'..♪ trollin'.. ♪ trollin.. ♪ keep them progtards trollin...♫♫

    Be sure to explain to those posters how you derive sustenance from their vitriol... They'll love you for it.

  • fish||

    Threadwinner!

  • playa manhattan||

    Maybe a link to their public facebook pages would be in order?

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    Yet another reason not to have progtard friends.

  • ||

    He just said that his wife went to high school with the person. I'm sure most of us have Facebook "friends" who were just people we went to high school with who later sent a friend request that we accepted so as not to be rude (I hide them shortly after if they are even slightly annoying).

    Regardless, we seem to be reaching some kind of critical mass of projection, and I have no idea what that means or what it will result in. These people are in FULL PROJECTION mode all the fucking time now. It's weird and creepy and I've never seen anything like it.

  • Tman||

    It's gonna get worse. With the debt ceiling coming up it could get exponentially double recession possible worse. People don't realize that Harry Fucking Reid is currently the one person who holds the most cards.

    Harry Reid.

    Let that sink in.

  • ||

    Yeah, that's fucked, but I was talking about the fact that we have what is essentially a mass psychosis here. These people are projecting so much, in my opinion, because they are in denial about who and what they voted for, what those people/things are actually turning out to be, and the fact that nothing that they believed in was true, and that it's their fault. That they're dupes and fools and idiots who believed bald-faced lies and rank distortion.

    They haven't actually faced it yet, but they can feel it, and it's really bothering them. And when a huge number of people go into denial and projection all together for the same basic reason, what happens then?

  • Hugh Akston||

    Game of Thrones wins an Emmy?

  • RBS||

    Think about how easy it is to set them off, there is a constant rage just festering in them.

  • Tman||

    All that happens is they tune out. Hunter Thompson had a great piece from one of his books -I can't remember which one- wherein he described perfectly how the free speech movement from the 50's and 60's ended when everyone got arrested, which then started the hippie flower power movement. Basically once the true believers were sent far far away the rest just said "fuck it, let's go drop acid and watch the Dead."

    The ones who will never be convinced won't ever come to terms that with the fact that they are wrong, and the ones that do will just deny they ever believed it and will go back to reading Buzzfeed and watching Breaking Bad reruns.

    People still believe -vehemently- in communism and socialism despite the history of the 20th century. I don't see this being much different.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    That's the most likely outcome IMO. I doubt there will be an awakening. They'll just quietly tune out to save face. Defense mechanism.

  • Sevo||

    "People still believe -vehemently- in communism and socialism despite the history of the 20th century. I don't see this being much different."

    As an example, try mentioning that Stalin really wasn't that bad, and after you get some nodding agreement, point out that he only killed twice as many people as Hitler. So Hitler was pretty good, right?

  • Hyperion||

    Hey look, just because Reid is a senile old corrupt and greedy corruptocrat, that doesn't mean we don't want him to be the most powerful guy in congress, does it?

    One of my friends in NV voted for him in 2010 because he was going to bring 'green jobs' to NV. That worked out great. I didn't really meant to yell at her and call her a retard over it, I just couldn't help it. Oops.

  • Hugh Akston||

    You're still on facebook?

  • Paul.||

    I'm still on friendster.

  • Hugh Akston||

    That was the only social network bullshit I ever got suckered in to. I had an account for maybe a month before I killed it.

  • General Butt Naked||

    I find it hilarious that you actually have a facebook page.

    What are you, some kind of overweight, aging feminist obama supporter?

  • ||

    How do I "like" this comment?

  • General Butt Naked||

    Say something about the "1%" loudly and obnoxiously.

  • Hyperion||

    Facebook is a magnet for retarded soccer moms and all sorts of sociopaths.

    STAY.THE.FUCK.AWAY.

  • playa manhattan||

    I have a buddy who connected his facebook account to some app called "tinder" that is meant for hookups. We were at at a bachelor party in Portland and he finally updated his occupation to "physician" on his facebook page, and within 15 minutes, there were 4 hot girls who came to the bar to hook up with him. It was one of those things that you have to see to believe. He showed us some iphone video the next day that was pretty gnarly....

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    I'm sure most of us have Facebook "friends" who were just people we went to high school with who later sent a friend request...

    a. I have no face thingy.

    b. I have no progressive friends.

    c. I have no friends. It's just youz guyz.

    *loads one in chamber...puts muzzle in mouth*

  • playa manhattan||

    You just described my experience in having kids. Add no fun to the list...

  • RBS||

    Yeah, I should also mention that the high question is a fairly well know boarding school. So, not exactly an inner city prison camp.

  • playa manhattan||

    One with horse stables?

  • General Butt Naked||

    ...the theater major that "works" at a campus theater, the guy who "edits" something no one has ever heard of etc.

    So waiters, in other words?

  • fish||

    So waiters, in other words?

    Nahh...too prestigious. Barista more likely.

  • General Butt Naked||

    True, waiting on tables is actual work.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    Best job I ever had. Made good coin for a college kid, worked 4-6 hours a night, out by 10:30. Hot chicks and all the other guys there were gay.

  • Invisible Finger||

    This is perfect. The UN is just a metaphysical organization so they can't lose any money and no one is responsible.

    This should be the basis of our next Constitution.

  • playa manhattan||

    So when they get sued, no one is responsible for the payout?

  • Invisible Finger||

    Do they have a bank account?

  • Paul.||

    I believe Kojo Annan has the routing number.

  • Paul.||

    Wow, that got nothing. This place has gone downhill since Postrel left.

  • playa manhattan||

    Relax. People are at dinner right now.

  • Pathogen||

    A truly magnificent constitution should be composed of many words, yet completely devoid of any meaning, and interpretation should be reminiscent of trying to nail a fried egg to the wall...

  • Paul.||

    Did you ever read the EU attempt at a constitution? Yeah. Classic them... classic them.

  • ||

    Any constitution written today would be exactly as you describe. The politicians have learned how much a clear, simple constitution can block them (though not for long) and would never allow the writing of one again.

  • Paul.||

    +1 Slave owning white man.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    That's why you don't let politicians write it.

  • Pathogen||

    Just water board them until they sign it, then ... RAT--TAT--TAT... 4 out of 5 founding fathers agree.

  • Hyperion||

    That's why you don't let politicians write it.

    The next constitution of Murka (cause you know, that old one is dusty, and written in some foreign language no one can read today) should be written by lobbyists and lawyers, just like all the legislation is today.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    I'm thinkin, if there is a need for a new constitution, it will be written by the winners. I doubt there will be too many politicians, lobbyists or lawyers left at that point.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    The spread a deadly disease in a Third World country, covered it up, and now claim there's no way to legally hold them accountable? Am I missing something?

    How about this - whatever money Congress appropriates for the UN in the future will be deposited with the clerk of court in the Court of Claims, which will be given special authority to dispense the funds to anyone injured by UN malfeasance.

    Of course, the budgetopalypse will stop the UN from getting any money, anyway! naive person

  • Pathogen||

    So, it's come to this, thank you Sheila Jackson Lee for your candid input...

  • Paul.||

    I...ok.

  • Pathogen||

    She's the reason that 5 gallon bucket manufacturers, and dry cleaning bag manufacturers have to put drowning and suffocation warning disclaimers on their products, she is their target demographic. Sadly, she wasn't ambushed by a dry cleaning bag. I hold out hope that some 5 gal. bucket might lure her to her doom like some diabolical plastic pitcher plant...

  • Hyperion||

    That there is funny, I don't care who you are.

  • NotAnotherSkippy||

    I blame the AR-15's.

  • ||

    If she ever gets a real primary opponent I might vote in the Dem primary just to vote against that crazy bitch.

  • Pathogen||

    There's nothing like casually throwing the phrase "marital law" out there, in light of the parade of intrusive and liberty crushing government intrusions and over-reach, and the current atmosphere of suspicion, contempt and mistrust towards the federal government that many now feel... what's the worst that could happen?..

  • Sevo||

    "There's nothing like casually throwing the phrase "marital law" out there,"

    I'm sure that pea-brain is sufficient to process some specific words under the 'bad words' file; 'rape', 'murder', maybe a couple of more.
    But I'm also sure 'martial law' really doesn't ring a bell with idjits like this; it's just a sort of a different law, isn't it? I mean it just means they ask for ID more often, right?

  • Pathogen||

    I suspect that it's even more pathetic (and dangerous) than that. With so much ridiculously over the top rhetoric and hyperbole in political discourse, and the fact that the general public believes these elected officials are borderline retarded... that's just it, she knows she will get a pass, because she probably believes that nobody's listening to them anymore, and like a lunatic/bum/liquor-bottle Santa flashing traffic, or little Timmy retard throwing food at the dinner guests and smashing the fine china, we just excuse them out of pity (because, shit, you know... they're retarded, they can't help it)... and because that's just how they are... They've managed to push the retard envelope so far, they've lost their shock value...

  • Ketogenic Paleo||

    Divorce?

  • Hyperion||

    killing 8,500 people and infecting upward of 650,000 Haitians

    So, in effect, we're saying that the UN could have actually done more harm than good in the name of helping the poor and, um, the children.

    Fuck, with credentials like that, they could be a government!

  • Pathogen||

    Don't get hung up on statistics, those people were doomed anyway. The important thing is that the presidential palace U.N. headquarters got rebuilt, and they could continue to graft do all their important oversight, it' why they're there... to make life better.

  • NotAnotherSkippy||

    I think we just saw the IPCC defense foreshadowed.

  • Laird||

    On what basis could the UN claim immunity from litigation? Governments can (and do) claim sovereign immunity, but the UN is not a government. And I certainly can find nothing in its charter which would grant it. All the NBC News article says is that the UN "invoked a sweeping immunity from nearly all legal claims that dates back to its founding." But what is the basis for that immunity?

  • Paul.||

    That's actually a really good question.

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