New Yale report finds U.N. responsible for recent cholera outbreak in Haiti
The report, titled "Peacekeeping without Accountability," is based upon an extensive study conducted in Haiti to find the source of the cholera outbreak that has killed more than 8,000 people and infected more than 600,000 since 2010. Researchers conducted a study over the course of a year that includes consultations with attorneys, journalists, cholera victims in Haiti, human rights advocates, aid workers, medical doctors and government officials from agencies that deal with the epidemic hands-on.
The study confirms the belief that U.N. peacekeepers unknowingly carried the virus into Haiti in October 2010, while assisting the country after a devastating earthquake. Due to poor sanitation, inadequate water supply and what the report describes as improper disposal of waste, by July 2011, the cholera outbreak had run rampant, infecting one person per minute. This was the first time cholera was present in Haiti in more than a century.
The report claims that the U.N. caused the deadly outbreak in Haiti and needs to take responsibility for its mistake, in line with its core values of upholding human rights.
"The U.N.'s ongoing unwillingness to hold itself accountable to victims violates its obligations under international law," Tassity Johnson, one of the authors of the report, said. "Moreover, in failing to lead by example, the U.N. undercuts its very mission of promoting the rule of law, protecting human rights, and assisting in the further development of Haiti."
The report gives U.N. leaders a guideline for how to go about correcting the situation. It is projected that it will be 10 years before the epidemic is fully under control.