10 Oct 2013

Haiti cholera victims seek redress from UN

7:10 pm on 10 October 2013

In Haiti, victims of a cholera epidemic have filed a lawsuit demanding compensation from the United Nations over an outbreak that killed more than 8300 people.

The petition filed at the New York district court says nearly 680,000 other people have fallen ill with cholera since the outbreak began in October 2010.

A lawyer for the victims, Ira Kurzban, told a news conference there had been no cholera in Haiti for at least 150 years until it was brought by UN peacekeeping troops from Nepal.

The UN, which refused to reach an out-of-court compensation settlement, has said it is legally immune from action over the epidemic.