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NEW YORK, NY- With clear evidence that the United Nations is responsible for the massive Haitian cholera contagion affecting many nations and injuring and killing citizens across the Western Hemisphere, 1,500 Haitian plaintiffs – including several New Yorkers and U.S. citizens who lost family members to the disease – sued the United Nations today in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn. The lawsuit seeks to force the UN to take responsibility, compensate victims, and bring critical sanitation to the devastated Haitian communities the UN was sworn to protect.

Included with court documents filed today is evidence that clearly shows that the UN expressly waived its sovereign immunity – including in its 2004 agreement concerning the status of forces in Haiti, as well as another document that reveals the UN General Assembly specifically “assumed its liability for damage caused by members of its forces in the performance of their duties.”

This express waiver of immunity by the United Nations was missed by the United States government in a letter it filed with the court on Friday in a separate lawsuit by the nonprofit Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) over the cholera outbreak, which has now killed approximately 9,000 and sickened 700,000 and counting in Haiti. The contagion has since spread to the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the United States, with at least three cases of cholera confirmed in New York City since 2010, and a sustained outbreak in Mexico.

Marie Laventure is one of 1,500 plaintiffs in the legal action. Ms. Laventure resides in Atlanta, is the sister of a Haitian U.S. citizen of New York, and the oldest of 12 siblings: two residing in New York, one residing in Atlanta, and 8 in Haiti. Some of her Haitian siblings are as young as 10 years old. Marie and her family lost their father and stepmother to the UN Haiti cholera contagion outbreak. She and her U.S. brother and sisters are sending money to help their young siblings survive the onslaught of the UN Haiti cholera contagion outbreak.

“The death and injury caused by the UN cholera contagion in Haiti is breathtaking. It has taken my parents and is threatening the lives of my young brothers and sisters in Haiti. Justice demands UN accountability for violating the most important human right, the right to live,” Ms. Laventure said.

In addition to seeking damages for deaths and illnesses, and funding for sanitation and clean water, the lawsuit asks the court to declare that the UN is not immune from liability for the deaths it caused, and order the UN to abide by the claims process it agreed to set up to deal with the devastation.

The United Nations’ Independent Expert on Human Rights, Gustavo Gallon, a respected Columbian jurist, in his 2014 Human Rights in Haiti annual assessment, admits that the UN must take responsibility and compensate victims. Mr. Gallon called for “diplomatic difficulties” to be resolved to “stop the epidemic” and to “compensate victims fully.”  “Silence is the very worst response,” Gallon added.  The UN Human Rights Chief, Navi Pillay, also stated that “someone need[s] to pay up for the suffering and havoc wreaked by cholera.”  Retired officials, including Canada’s ambassador to the UN, Stephen Lewis, have publicly agreed.

Among the documents referenced in the lawsuit is the United Nation’s 2004 agreement with Haiti, which explicitly waived sovereign immunity, stating that “[third-party claims for . . . personal injury, illness or death arising from or directly attributed to [the Stabilization Agreement] shall be settled by the United Nations . . . and the United Nations shall pay compensation . . .”  Another document referenced in the lawsuit shows that the UN General Assembly expressly admits that international law requires the UN to pay compensation for damages caused through its operations – another express waiver of its immunity. This document was adopted on several occasions by the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council as the official policy of the organization.

Prominent Attorneys Lead Effort

A group of prominent private attorneys are representing the plaintiffs. They include attorneys involved in the historic national tobacco lawsuits, the national BP gulf oil spill of 2010, and recent Goldman Sachs aluminum antitrust litigation. Local New York counsel in the action include Stanley N. Alpert, former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for Environmental Litigation for the Eastern District of New York, who has also served as Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel in a federal multi-district litigation involving groundwater contamination.

“With all respect to the U.S. government, anyone who thinks UN immunity is settled law in a case like this is sorely mistaken,” said Dr. Tim Howard, one of the lead attorneys in the action. “Under both the UN convention and US statutes, immunity expressly waived cannot be unwaived. And the United Nations clearly and expressly waived its immunity from liability long before it caused this disaster.” 

“The United Nations knew that disease, injury and death would result from a cholera contagion outbreak, and that conditions in Haiti were ripe for a cholera contagion outbreak if proper sanitation was not in place,” Mr. Howard added. 

“It is inconceivable that the UN should hide behind a façade of immunity to escape responsibility for the deaths of thousands as a direct result of their poisoning the rivers of Haiti,” Mr. Alpert said. “Imagine if the UN had killed 9,000 in the heart of New York City or Paris. Would they cry ‘immunity’ then? The lack of regard for the value of Haitian lives is distressing and indefensible.”

New York City is home to one of the largest Haitian populations in the world outside of Haiti. In coming weeks, the group plans to hold public meetings in Brooklyn to discuss the case and the public health issues caused by the UN’s actions.

United Nations Caused Haitian Cholera Contagion Outbreak

According to the lawsuit, the United National hired a private contractor to ensure proper sanitation in Haiti, where nearly all get their water directly from wells. But the UN engineer-in-charge failed to properly manage the sanitation contractor, and in the end the contractor did nothing to provide an adequate sanitation system. This resulted in the dumping of cholera-infested feces from Nepalese peacekeepers into Haiti’s main river.

Investigations by the New England Journal of Medicine and the US Centers for Disease Control point to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti base in Mirebalis as the source of the cholera outbreak. Epidemiological and genome studies have conclusively established the peacekeeping force's role, and United Nations Special Envoy former President Bill Clinton described the Stabilization Force as "the proximate cause of cholera.”

The Haitian cholera contagion outbreak still kills approximately 1,000 Haitians each year and sickens many thousands more.

Public Health Advocacy Institute Executive Director Mark Gottlieb agreed that the United Nations needs to be held accountable for this public health crisis stating, “Cholera, previously unknown in Haiti, is a severe and devastating disease that, in this case, was entirely preventable,” Mr. Gottlieb continued stating, “It is deeply disappointing and shocking that the United Nations’ actions caused so much suffering, illness and death in Haiti. Establishing the United Nations’ accountability for this cholera contagion outbreak will advance the causes of human rights and public health, which are normally central tenets of the UN’s global mission.”

For more than three decades, the Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI) has sought to use law to reduce preventable death and disease through a combination of scholarly research and advocacy. It has a long history in the legal battles against the tobacco industry, has worked to marry human rights with tobacco control efforts in more than 20 countries, fights childhood obesity and advocates to reduce worker and consumer injuries.  PHAI is a non-profit organization based at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, MA.  

“The public perception is that the UN is immune from legal action for its breaches of international legal standards,” Dr. Howard added. “The public perception is wrong. This will be a highly public battle, but we’re confident we are going to win. The law is on our side, the facts are on our side, but most importantly, justice for human rights is on our side. The world will know the craven manner with which the UN has run away from the devastation it has caused, and the court will respond, since it is clearly within its power to do so.”

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31 comment(s)
Written by: bernies, 11 Mar 2014 6:01 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Juan Dolio
I hope that this people get awarded what they deserve from this criminals that killed thousands of people. Immunity my behind.
Written by: RoyStone, 11 Mar 2014 6:11 PM
From: Australia
** Breaking News **
The UN and Haiti have reached agreement:
The UN will not be sued for the Cholera outbreak in Haiti, and Haiti will not be sued for the HIV outbreak in USA.
Written by: Mike36, 11 Mar 2014 6:24 PM
From: Haiti
@RoyStone stay in school idiot
Written by: Ricardolito, 11 Mar 2014 6:27 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
what a crazy case .. i come to a theatre with the gripe and many people are infected so they sue . . The haitians come across the border with cholera and so every one in the DR who got sick is going to sue the Haitians ,my neighbours children have chicken pox and my family then get chicken pox also ,,so we sue when would this sueing start and stop and to think it only requires antibiotics to cure the cholera and these were freely available
Written by: RoyStone, 11 Mar 2014 6:31 PM
From: Australia
The message is clear - don't try to help Haiti, you may be sued.

Each country is responsible for its own quarantine requirements and to protect its citizens. If the Haitian government can't or won't, then had the reins to someone who can. That's what happens with failed states.

Does Puerto Rico sue the Dominican Republic for illegal entrants?
Written by: Mike36, 11 Mar 2014 7:02 PM
From: Haiti
@RoyStone go check Haiti history after we talk only thing you keep saying blah blah blah that's the main reason I told you to stay in school you could learn history
Written by: Mike36, 11 Mar 2014 7:04 PM
From: Haiti
@Ricardolito shut up man!!! you not making no sense you a idiot
Written by: rokete, 11 Mar 2014 7:52 PM
From: Dominican Republic, (( DEPORT THE HAITIANS, BUILD THE BORDER WALL ! )) The only thing necessary for the triumph of Haitian evil is for good Dominican men to do nothing.

The problem is that Haitians shit in rivers,

and later others drink the water,

or the animals and then everyone is infected with cholera !!

+++


Roy,

thanks to Haitians, half of a world wide generation,

was wiped out by Haitian AIDS contamination in the 80's and 90's !!

The UN should counter sue for world aids contamination by Haitians !!

Or every other country in the planet should also sue !!

All due to Haitian homosexual tourism !!

HAITIANOS MARICONES !!!!
Written by: Danilo, 11 Mar 2014 8:35 PM
From: Dominican Republic, SDQ --- VIGILADOR.COM (Beta) - Vigilando nuestra Quisqueya
Haiti needed a method for population control.

So the UN gave it to them: cholera!
Written by: Ricardolito, 11 Mar 2014 9:15 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
so we know what sort of person this Mike 36 is ..his opiion counts and no one elses
Written by: Mike36, 11 Mar 2014 9:17 PM
From: Haiti
@rokete I'm hoping someone playing game here or that's a fake page cause roketehead don't make no sense if you talking a About aids history
Written by: Mike36, 11 Mar 2014 9:20 PM
From: Haiti
@Ricardolito cause you keep saying dumb ass shit, like you never been in school or don't have no education
Written by: Mike36, 11 Mar 2014 9:28 PM
From: Haiti
@Ricardolito that's not even opinion you sound like a newborn with no Knowledge
Written by: rokete, 11 Mar 2014 9:44 PM
From: Dominican Republic, (( DEPORT THE HAITIANS, BUILD THE BORDER WALL ! )) The only thing necessary for the triumph of Haitian evil is for good Dominican men to do nothing.

Mike06

Haitian AIDS contamination in the 80's and 90's !!

The UN should counter sue for world aids contamination by Haitians !!

Or every other country in the planet should also sue Haiti !!

Due to Haitian faggots AIDS contamination !!
Written by: Mike36, 12 Mar 2014 12:02 AM
From: Haiti
@rokete no hope for you child please do your research how that shit got to the island
Written by: rokete, 12 Mar 2014 12:20 AM
From: Dominican Republic, (( DEPORT THE HAITIANS, BUILD THE BORDER WALL ! )) The only thing necessary for the triumph of Haitian evil is for good Dominican men to do nothing.

Due to American tourist and Haitian faggots, AIDS contaminated the rest of the world !!
Written by: blue105, 12 Mar 2014 11:41 AM
From: United States
I thought it came from africa to haiti and then to the us? anyways mike, alot of people here are right... Haiti shouldn't sue because it will open doors to Haitian made problems, such as the issues that hatiains are creating with the dominican republic and other nations in Latin america. I notice Haitians are quick to sue or do anything to get attention and play the victim, Sorry if you feel that somehow your more educated than others, but have you ever thought that you have been living in a bubble of pride and lies that stop you from seeing the truth about the haitian government and their reputation around the world. To bring you up to date its not every good world over. Maybe you can start be changing that and education your people.
Written by: johnny, 12 Mar 2014 11:52 AM
From: Canada
I hope they gt judgment and then seize teh UN building sell it for Judgment costs , then the UN can leave America . A useless corrupt organization more corrupt than some of teh countries it tries to help. But no one in UN will be held accountable.
Written by: rokete, 12 Mar 2014 12:05 PM
From: Dominican Republic, (( DEPORT THE HAITIANS, BUILD THE BORDER WALL ! )) The only thing necessary for the triumph of Haitian evil is for good Dominican men to do nothing.


you have been living in a bubble of pride and lies
____________


Blue ......

BINGO !!!!!

The Haitian nation has been living in self created bubble of pride based on lies,

since its conception as a nation !!

But the neighbor being an eye witness of true events,

see you differently !!

HAITIANS ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF HISTORICAL LIES, DENIAL, FINGER POINTING,

PLAYING THE VICTIM, IRRESPONSIBLE, BLAMING OTHER FOR WHAT THEY ARE !!

BLACK RACIST AFROCENTRIC NEGRITUDE !!

Written by: ignoranceisbliss, 12 Mar 2014 2:34 PM
From: United States
Mike,

Notice the stupidity here. They don't represent educated Dominicans. They're brainwashed to believe Balaguer inspired history.

rockhead,

HAITIANS ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF HISTORICAL LIES, DENIAL, FINGER POINTING, Balaguer and Trujillo at its best.

Danilo said,

Haiti needed a method for population control.

So the UN gave it to them: cholera!

Then they wonder why the world view them the way they do.

Roy,

I know you're laughing your butt off.
Written by: blue105, 12 Mar 2014 3:17 PM
From: United States
ignoranceisbliss,
who are you to tell someone how they are educated? just because they don't see your views doesn't mean you’re right. but then again you’re very typical of the Haitian propaganda on here. I live in the US and educated in the US. So please take your one sided view somewhere else like the Haitian forum. Also from what i can see on here and many other news sources you guys lie and cheat yourself into creating a story that criminalizes Dominican society while the evidence of fraud and lies stacks up against your nation. You sue everyone so your people do not have to take responsibility for their own actions and cry for the world to aid you, all at the same time.

Shame on yOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Your and your thug’s friends are all criminals and ungrateful bunch of people. Not the whole country but the one's running Haiti and the propaganda team on here.
Written by: HaitianSensation, 12 Mar 2014 4:25 PM
From: Haiti, NJ
Lol I love reading the comments in the DT. Rakétè is the man...
Written by: Danilo, 12 Mar 2014 5:36 PM
From: Dominican Republic, SDQ --- VIGILADOR.COM (Beta) - Vigilando nuestra Quisqueya
Help the descendants of slavery, support the CARICOM Africa repatriation plan:

Go to is.gd/cominghome
Written by: ignoranceisbliss, 12 Mar 2014 9:51 PM
From: United States
ten by: blue105, 12 Mar 2014 3:17 PM
From: United States
ignoranceisbliss,
who are you to tell someone how they are educated? just because they don't see your views doesn't mean you’re right. but then again you’re very typical of the Haitian propaganda on here. I live in the US and educated in the US.

I'm just a lowly haitian that should be greatful of the dominican diaspora romanticizing life in DR. I use to come on here and trade insults but after I visited DR for the first time I saw poor people living together. 95% of the Nazitionalist are living or educated overseas.
there's 10 mil haitians please tell me the number of haitians that criminalize and cheat Dominicans or are you making general statements?
Sue everyone? Are you talking about un troops not testing these guys or the contractor just dumping the kaka in the water. Cholera is island wide now.
sue everyone? Are you talking about suing France. Funny the jews can sue but not haitians. Now shoo fly dont bother me.
Written by: rokete, 12 Mar 2014 11:57 PM
From: Dominican Republic, (( DEPORT THE HAITIANS, BUILD THE BORDER WALL ! )) The only thing necessary for the triumph of Haitian evil is for good Dominican men to do nothing.
Written by: ignoranceisbliss, 12 Mar 2014 2:34 PM
From: United States
Mike,

Notice the stupidity here. They don't represent educated Dominicans. They're brainwashed to believe Balaguer inspired history.

rockhead,

HAITIANS ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF HISTORICAL LIES, DENIAL, FINGER POINTING, Balaguer and Trujillo at its best.
_____


This is about all you can say because you know it is true !!

If I misrepresented anything

Prove me wrong if not, hold your peace !

You are also:

HAITIANS ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF HISTORICAL LIES, DENIAL, FINGER POINTING !!

AS ALWAYS IRRESPONSIBLE HAITIANS, FOR WHICH SO ARE YOU !!
Written by: rokete, 12 Mar 2014 11:59 PM
From: Dominican Republic, (( DEPORT THE HAITIANS, BUILD THE BORDER WALL ! )) The only thing necessary for the triumph of Haitian evil is for good Dominican men to do nothing.

The Haitian nation has been living in self created bubble of pride based on lies,

since its conception as a nation !!

But the neighbor being an eye witness of true events,

see you differently !!

HAITIANS ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF HISTORICAL LIES, DENIAL, FINGER POINTING,

PLAYING THE VICTIM, IRRESPONSIBLE, BLAMING OTHER FOR WHAT THEY ARE !!

BLACK RACIST AFROCENTRIC NEGRITUDE !!
Written by: blue105, 13 Mar 2014 12:55 AM
From: United States
who's romancing anything? Dominican republic is poor country. If it was perfect or at least livable I would of been raised there not in the US. The only people that move to the Dominican republic is Haitians and middle class foreigner who want to live in a warm tropical weather. What I meant for criminazing the Dominican people I meant the one's on here and the one's pushing an agenda, and like you posted before on here you use to come here to post insults about the Dominican republic. I see you saw for yourself the Dominican republic is still and will be a poor country compared to the us and Europe for the near future. Haitians on here and the Haitian government have become jealous and have fabricated stories to hurt the Dominican republic and it's people because they're developing much faster than Haiti. Haiti iin the last few years has created a number of international issues with the Dominican republic and other nations in latin America mostly immigration
Written by: blue105, 13 Mar 2014 1:04 AM
From: United States
in desperation to save itself from being taken over the UN as a failed nation. The rest of the caricom country know that the Spanish islands have the same product but with more variety and way cheaper than their own so they continue to push for the Haitian agenda in return Haitians get free Dominican citizens and the benefits of it and caricoms gets to competitive edge on the Dominican(tourism) by trying to establish embargos and other tactics.. So you see they all win expect the poorer class Dominicans which make up the majority of the country.
Unless you can prove me otherwise, I believe that is why the Haitian government is trying to get all this attention,so they have someone to blame instead of giving these people proper water systems and toiletry facilities. I have tried to be impartial but what you guys are doing is wrong and selfish.
Written by: blue105, 13 Mar 2014 1:12 AM
From: United States
The realitaty of all these issues has nothing to better either people but to serve a selfish people both Haitians and Carricom push down the Dominican republic, because they feel threaten by it. Haitian doesn't even issues document or medical treatment for its people do you really mean to tell me that they want to somehow better the Haitian people in the Dominican republic? Why they can't even take care of their own. Carricom sends thousands of your people back in handcuffs every year. Dominican republish gives out free medical, housing and other services to non-Dominican nationals such as Haitians on a daily bases yet you sit there and complain about the mistreatment of Haitians on the Dominican republic? and call us nationalists Nazis;s oh and by the way your anti-Semitic comments shows who are the true Nazis on here. So find yourself some true education.
Written by: ignoranceisbliss, 13 Mar 2014 10:54 AM
From: United States
blue,

when i said i saw poor people living side by side I meant poor haitians and dominicans. I felt like an azz after my first visit to dr because I realized the misinformation the haitian government was feeding haitians was to keep us blind to their looting.
send all the illegals back noone would say one word going back 84 years is wrong and it violates international law.
anti-semitic comment? please show me.
noone is pushing an agenda sounds like you're listening to the schizos on here.
Written by: blue105, 13 Mar 2014 11:17 AM
From: United States
Again you state a personal comment with out thinking. I don't believe their to unity the island or anything like that but to use all of currents as escape goats while pooring the Haitian people into a nation which can't and will not take care of them in order to them. And for the agenda part many of your countrymen are here under false ideals and only for the sole purpose to create anger and against Haiti, so
They can go but and tell the world how angry and hateful the Dominicans are. If you don't believe read danny00 comments read josean comments they re never positive and always against Dominican Republic. Its one thing to critize and have constructive criticism. They just complain just to anger Dominicans
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