Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

YOU ARE HERE

A trip through France's breathtaking Auvergne region

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

When Modi met Trump: Budding romance or one-night stand?

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

How to counter Islamic State group propaganda?

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Coal power plant in Senegal worries residents; and the Venezuelan TV show... in a bus

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Italian government bails out two regional banks

Read more

FASHION

Behind the scenes at Dior’s star-studded desert show

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

That's one long sausage: New world record for French butchers

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Donors pledge millions at Uganda refugee summit

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Depp plumbs depths of bad taste

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

2017-06-23 Culture

The birth of a film industry: Hollywood and World War I

As we mark the centenary of the United States entering World War I, FRANCE 24 brings you a documentary on the birth of Hollywood. Our journalist Florence Gaillard sheds new light...

Read more

2013-04-26 Bashar al-Assad

Syria: Aleppo’s tales of war

Two years into the revolution, Aleppo’s resistance shows no sign of letting up. France 24 brings you a portrait of the rebels who refuse to abandon their city to Bashar al-Assad....

Read more

2017-06-16 Europe

Modern-day slaves: Europe's fruit pickers

Every year in southern Europe, five million tonnes of fruit and vegetables are harvested for supermarket shelves. But those supermarkets are seeking ever lower prices, and are...

Read more

2017-06-08 Asia-pacific

Video: Millions of single Chinese men desperately seeking a wife

In China, the one-child policy has wreaked havoc. By encouraging the birth of boys rather than girls, an imbalance of the sexes has emerged. China now counts far more men than...

Read more

2017-06-01 Americas

Exclusive: The war for Brazil’s superhighway of drugs

Manaus, the capital of Brazil’s northern Amazonas state, has increasingly become the scene of violent confrontations between gangs. Located near the Colombian border, the city...

Read more