Port-au-Prince - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti should be held accountable for introducing cholera into the Caribbean nation, a Yale University report said.
In the report “Peacekeeping Without Accountability,” researchers from Yale Law School and the Yale School of Public Health said there is ample scientific evidence to show UN troops from Nepal inadvertently brought cholera to Haiti in October 2010. It said the world body should take responsibility.
The UN has said it enjoys legal immunity from such claims, and rejected an earlier effort by a Boston-based human rights group that sought compensation on behalf of a group of cholera victims who blamed peacekeepers for the outbreak.
The Yale report said the world body “violates obligations under international law by not providing a forum to address the grievances of cholera victims.” By failing to hold itself accountable for causing Haiti's cholera outbreak, “the United Nations violates the very principles of accountability and respect for law that it promotes worldwide,” it said.
Johan Peleman, the country director of the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said the study should be brought before the UN headquarters in New York.