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UN cannot be sued for alleged role in Haitian cholera outbreak, US judge rules

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h205 (Published 13 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h205
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The United Nations cannot be sued for its alleged role in the Haitian cholera outbreak because the international organization has immunity that only it can waive, a US judge has ruled.1

The case involves a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of US and Haitian citizens who claim that they or their relatives were made ill or killed by the ongoing cholera epidemic that broke out in Haiti in 2010.2

The suit alleges that the bacteria—a variant closely related to Vibrio cholerae El Tor O1 …

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