By Ken Richards
NEW YORK, USA (WINN) -- New York-based Haitian broadcaster Rico Dupuy is expressing optimism that victims of the Haiti cholera epidemic filing a multi-billion dollar compensation claim against the UN in a New York court will win their case.
Lawyers representing the families of over 8,000 people who died, and hundreds of thousands of people who fell sick, say UN peacekeepers inadvertently introduced the diarrhea-like disease into Haiti in late 2010.
The United Nations has formally rejected compensation claims by victims of the cholera outbreak.
New York-based Haitian broadcaster Rico Dupuy
However, according to Dupuy, the lawyers pushing the case are insisting that “immunity does not mean impunity”.
“The other thing that is argued in the lawsuit is this – the UN is in violation of its own charter, and also in violation of the agreement that brought the UN forces to Haiti after the coup against (former president) Aristide,” Dupuy told WINN FM’s The Bigger Picture.
Quoting the lawyers, he explained that the world body failed to put together in coalition with the host country (Haiti in this case) a special commission intended to receive complaints about UN operations in the country.
According to the outspoken journalist, “there is a mountain of evidence” showing that the UN brought the cholera to Haiti.
Broadcaster Dupuy’s radio station in New York has been encouraging Haitians and their relatives who may have been affected by the cholera in their country to come forward to be a part of the lawsuit against the United Nations.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network