Obama Administration Wins First Appeal Against Haiti Cholera Victims:
Scientists and researchers have repeatedly found, with overwhelming consensus, that U.N. peacekeepers introduced [Cholera] to Haiti for the first time ever recorded by knowingly allowing their infected feces to slough into the Meille River, which locals used for drinking, bathing and washing – in violation of the UN’s own protocols and the most basic tenets of public health.
Yet for six years, as thousands – if not tens of thousands – of Haitians died painful, degrading deaths of dehydration from severe vomiting and diarrhea, the world’s most important international humanitarian organization destroyed evidence, dissembled and, when all else failed, stonewalled. Ban even promoted the head of the peacekeeping mission in Haiti at the time of the outbreak and initial cover-up to become his own personal chief of staff….
But on Thursday, shortly after the U.N. acknowledged its role in the outbreak to me for the first time, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a lower-court ruling that said the U.N. is immune from any kind of lawsuit under an international convention – even if it ignores other parts of that same convention saying it then has to provide some other way to resolve disputes, as it refused to do in this case….
In that light, it was also a victory for one of the less-publicized players in this case: the United States government. Because the U.N. has refused to accept the legitimacy of the federal case, Justice Department lawyers have defended the organization instead in court. Judge José A. Cabranes cited the Obama administration’s U.N.-friendly interpretation of the immunities convention as a significant factor in the three-judge panel’s decision. Lawyers for the plaintiffs are still deciding whether to appeal to the Supreme Court.
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