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On anniversary, UN pressed about liability for Haiti cholera – Rappler


unca-haiti-choleraThe United Nations is marking its 69th anniversary with Ban Ki-Moon urging governments to pursue “the common good,” and a concert featuring pianist Lang Lang and Sting.Yet before the UN Day festivities, a lawyer and journalists urged the UN to face accountability for an issue it has refused to discuss at length: allegedly bringing cholera to Haiti. Over 8,500 people died in the outbreak, and 700,000 infected.“The fact that it’s the UN, that has an alarming, chilling effect even on human rights organizations. There’s a lot of questions [like], ‘Who is this crazy NGO suing the United Nations,’” said human rights lawyer Beatrice Lindstrom of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.Lindstrom was one of the panelists in the discussion at the UN Correspondents Association room on Friday, October 24, held at the UN headquarters in New York. via Rappler

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