Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

France 24 meets George Weah ahead of inauguration

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Gymnast's fierce courtroom address

Read more

THE DEBATE

A whole new world: Trump anniversary special

Read more

#TECH 24

Will artificial intelligence ever surpass the human brain?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Aiding migrants in France: What are the legal implications?

Read more

FOCUS

The challenge of clearing Colombia of landmines

Read more

REVISITED

Video: Gambians reflect on first year of democracy

Read more

FASHION

Pitti Uomo in Florence, the world's largest men's fashion showcase

Read more

ENCORE!

Award-winning Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza on keeping it real

Read more

REPORTERS

An in-depth report by our senior reporters and team of correspondents from around the world. Every Saturday at 9.10 pm Paris time. Or you can catch it online from Friday.

Latest update : 2014-10-14

Haiti: Injustice in a time of Cholera

© France 24

FRANCE 24 reports on the UN’s role in the worst cholera outbreak in modern times. We shine a light on the lack of compassion shown towards the victims of Haiti’s cholera epidemic by the very organisation that was sent to protect them.

Critics claim that the UN inadvertently introduced cholera to Haiti and then tried to cover it up.

Since the outbreak started four years ago, more than 8,500 people have died and over 700,000 have been infected.

FRANCE 24 takes you to rural Haiti, to meet some of the victims of the epidemic who lost the breadwinners in their family and are now condemned to generational poverty. Haitian human rights lawyer Mario Joseph guides us to the UN base where he says the outbreak began. He is helping thousands of Haitian victims sue the UN for gross negligence. He is involved in one of 3 cases filed against the UN in the United States. Plaintiffs are calling for compensation.

FRANCE 24 directly confronts UN secretary General Ban Ki-moon over the UN’s denial of responsibility only to be stonewalled. In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, the former head of the UN mission in Haiti, Edmond Mulet, flatly denies his peacekeepers were the source of the outbreak. Mr. Mulet also claims the peacekeepers were tested for cholera before deployment to Haiti, contradicting scientists who say the peacekeepers were not tested and that sanitation at the UN base did not stop the peacekeepers’ faeces from entering Haiti’s biggest river.

The UN argues that it has immunity from prosecution in this case. Yet as former top ranking UN lawyer Professor Rashkow explains in this report, the UN is obliged to set up a committee to treat standing claims in this case. Professor Rashkow knows the ins and outs of UN law intimately as he was one of the architects of the UN’s legal framework for peacekeeping.

On October 23rd oral arguments in one of the 3 cases filed against the UN over the cholera epidemic in Haiti will be heard at New York’s Southern District Court.

Read the full report here.

By Jessica LE MASURIER , Emmanuel SAINT-MARTIN , Malo DELARUE , Mailys DUPRE

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2018-01-19 Iraq

Exclusive: On the frontline with Shiite militias in Iraq

In December 2017, the Iraqi government announced with great fanfare the "official end of the war against the Islamic State group". The announcement marked the end of three years...

Read more

2018-01-11 Americas

Video: Inside the deadly US opioid crisis

Opioids kill more people than they cure. Every day in the United States, some 140 people die from taking opioids - addictive opiate-based drugs. They’ve become the leading cause...

Read more

2017-12-20 Africa

Egypt's Coptic Christians live in fear of Islamist attacks

Egypt’s Coptic Christians have been the target of unprecedented attacks since the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. The election of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2012 saw an upsurge with...

Read more

2017-12-15 Africa

Exclusive video: South Sudan, a cursed land

For the past four years South Sudan has been torn apart by civil war – and the situation in the country is desperate. Famine rages across all conflict zones and the first victims...

Read more

2017-12-08 Libya

Video: Trapped in Libya, migrants face torture and slavery

In the past few months, the number of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean has shrunk drastically on the back of new migrant policies in Libya and Italy alike. Instead,...

Read more