Is Haiti Rejection Based on Fear of Reminding the World about Iraq?

24 Feb

 Democracy Now! reports that the United Nations has rejected claims in Haiti for compensation for people who died because of cholera that was found to have been brought to Haiti by U.N. personnel!  The spokesperson pointed to Section 29 of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations.  I skimmed the Convention.  Section 29 talks about settling disputes when agents of the UN have “immunity”.

There’s another section, though, Section 2 of Article 2.  It read, ” The United Nations, its property and assets wherever located and by whomsoever held, shall enjoy immunity from every form of legal process except insofar as in any particular case it has expressly waived its immunity.”   So the U.N. if it wants to can waive immunity and allow a lawsuit.  This happens with U.S. state governments which allow themselves to be sued in cases of outrageous incompetence or criminal conduct.

8,000 deaths because personnel weren’t screened properly before going to a nation of starved and weakened people seems damned incompetent to me.  Why can’t the U.N. allow itself to be sued?

The answer could be far away in Iraq where U.N. sanctions 1990-2003 killed over a million  people (mostly children).  The mass killing was illegal and doubly so when the excuse, that Saddam Hussein was amassing “weapons of mass destruction” that were a “threat to the world”, was shown repeatedly through U.N. inspections to be false.

If the U.N. paid Haitians for 8,000 accidental deaths what would they have to pay for 1,000,000 deliberate killings?


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