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Report Finds UN Responsible for Deadly Cholera Epidemic in Haiti

The United Nations (UN) inadvertently caused a deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti, and has legal and moral obligations to remedy the situation, according to new report released by researchers from the Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health. The report, “Peacekeeping without Accountability,” provides the first comprehensive analysis of the cause of the massive outbreak of cholera in Haiti, which has killed more than 8,000 people and sickened more than 600,000 since it began in 2010. The report examines the role the UN played in precipitating the crisis and the UN’s responsibilities to provide legal remedies to victims of the epidemic. It directly contradicts recent statements by the UN Secretary-General that the organization did not bring cholera to Haiti, and has no legal responsibilities for the epidemic or its consequences.