Haitian-American elected officials are raising concerns that the United Nations, charged with peacekeeping mandate in Haiti, may try to prevent the nation’s cholera epidemic victims from taking the organization to court.
In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry and other Haitian-American elected officials urged the President Obama’s top diplomat to support their efforts to take the U.N. to court.
The U.S. State Department has asked for the U.N. to be granted immunity in one court case, according to the Miami Herald. A second group of cholera victims has also filed a class-action lawsuit against the U.N.
A U.N. spokesperson told the Herald that “it is standard practice for the Organization to assert its immunity in cases filed against it in national courts.” via | Boston Haitian Reporter