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UN being sued by rights advocates over spread of cholera in Haiti

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by Joseph Earnest October 9, 2013


Newscast Media NEW YORK—The United Nations is being sued by advocates for Haitian victims over the spread of cholera by U.N. peacekeepers. The disease first appeared in October 2010, and has claimed over 8,300 lives, while over 650,000 have fallen sick from the disease.  Cholera is spread through contaminated water supplies, and manifests itself in form of a high fever, running stomach and vomiting.


In a recent case, the U.N. was implicated in spreading cholera in Zimbabwe, where 4,000 lives were lost and over 100,000 people fell sick.  According to the International Justice Resource Center, a U.N. employee by the name of Georges Tadonki, warned the U.N. that treating the water supplies of Zimbabwe with their chemicals would affect an estimated 30,000 people.


Tadonki was subsequently fired after he refused to lower the figures of his findings. He then sued the United Nations  for "moral damages" and was awarded $50,000 and another $10,000 for "abuses".  Additionally, he was awarded two years' worth of lost income (salary) after losing his job.


The entire judgment is enclosed herein, with the specific damage amounts in dollars on paragraph 345, sections (i) through (v), page 102.  


Click here to read or download entire judgment in Tadonki v. Secretary-General of the United Nations, Case No. UNDT/NBI/2009/36, Judgment No. UNDT/2013/032, Views of 26 February 2013. (pop-up)


The Haiti case filed in New York on October 9, 2013:

The Haiti case is more of a class action than a single individual suing the United Nations.  Before going to federal court, plaintiffs attempted to resolve the dispute outside court with the United Nations for the past couple of years.  After being ignored, the plaintiffs today have sued the United Nations in New York alleging negligent, reckless, and tortious conduct of the Defendants: the United Nations ("UN"); its subsidiary, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH); and at least two other offices.

*Click here to read or download the lawsuit filed against the United Nations in a New York Federal court, this Wednesday October 9, 2013. (pop-up)


The class action lawsuit was brought by the Institute For Justice and Democracy in Haiti and several other US-based law firms representing the plaintiffs including Center for Law and Global Justice, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux and Kurzban, Kurzban Weigner Tetzeli & Pratt P.A.    Add Comments>>






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