Un rejects claims from cholera victims

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Un rejects claims from cholera victims

  1. 1. UN rejects claims fromCholera victims
  2. 2. UN rejects claims from cholera victims In a terse statement, the spokesman for the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said the damages claim was not receivable,
  3. 3. UN rejects claims from cholera victims under a convention that grants the United Nations immunity for its actions.
  4. 4. UN rejects claims from cholera victims Families of the victims are demanding millions of dollars in compensation, accusing the UN of introducing the disease to Haiti.
  5. 5. UN rejects claims from cholera victims The UN has never admitted responsibility, despite mounting evidence that the epidemic was caused by poor sanitation at a peacekeeping camp.
  6. 6. UN rejects claims from cholera victimsA lawyer for thecholera victims toldthe BBC that UNimmunity could notmean impunity,and said the casewould now bepursued in anational court.
  7. 7. UN rejects claims from cholera victims The lawyer, Brian Concannon, said the victims legal team would challenge the UNs right to immunity from Haitian courts,
  8. 8. UN rejects claims from cholera victimson the grounds thatit hadnt established analternative mechanismfor dealing withaccountabilityissues, as stipulated inits agreement withthe government.
  9. 9. UN rejects claims from cholera victims He also said lifting immunity would not challenge UN policy, which is protected by the convention, but its practice, such as how to test troops for disease and properly dispose of sewage.
  10. 10. UN rejects claims from cholera victimsTheres evidence thatinfected Nepalesepeacekeepers causedthe epidemic
  11. 11. UN rejects claims from cholera victims by dumping untreated waste into a key river system, but the UN insists its impossible to pinpoint blame definitively.
  12. 12. UN rejects claims from cholera victims Late last year it launched an initiative to eliminate cholera in Haiti by investing in clean drinking water
  13. 13. UN rejects claims from cholera victims and sanitation systems, a move Mr Concannon said he considered an unofficial response to the victims claims
  14. 14. Barbara Plett reports for the BBC 22 February 2013

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