UN rejects Haiti’s compensation claim for cholera victims
New York.– The United Nations rejected a compensation claim from Haiti for its cholera victims, who currently number in the 600,000-range, including around 8,000 deaths.
In a statement to the press, Martin Nesirky, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s spokesman, said that the claim was “not receivable” under terms of a 1946 convention which laid out the UN’s immunity for its actions.
The epidemic, which is the worst in modern history, broke out after the January 2010 earthquake in the poorest country in the western hemisphere. It is thought that the UN itself unwittingly introduced the disease through leaking sewage pipes in one of its buildings.
The UN has refused to accept responsibility, saying that the source of the outbreak is unidentifiable. Lawyers for some of the victims said that the claim would have cost the UN more than $1 billion in damages.
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