Nearly six years after a cholera outbreak killed thousands of Haitians, the UN Secretary-General admitted that US peacekeepers had probably caused the spread of the disease. The admission of guilt comes after a report by Philip Alston, a human rights lawyer and UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, was leaked. NY Times.
In a confidential report to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Alston says the epidemic “would not have erupted if not for UN actions.” Ban Ki-moon issued a statement confirming that the UN played a role in the epidemic, but did not explicitly recognize the role of the organization in creating the crisis.
The New York Times reports:
For the first time since a cholera outbreak imported by United Nations peacekeepers began killing thousands of Haitians almost six years ago, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s office has acknowledged that the United Nations had played a role.
Deputy Secretary General Farhan Haq said in an email this week that “last year the UN became convinced that it must do much more for its own involvement in the initial epidemic and the suffering of the affected people He added that “a new response will be presented publicly over the next two months, once it has been fully developed, agreed with the Haitian authorities and discussed with Member States.
Alston’s 19-page report describes the failure of the United States to handle the epidemic. The United States first sent rescuers to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. In mid-October 2010, residents of the Meille River began to die from cholera. Cholera victims usually die from dehydration caused by diarrhea and vomiting. A group of rescuers has long been suspected of contributing to the epidemic, which has claimed at least 10,000 lives. According to the Times, “the first victims lived near a base housing 454 UN peacekeepers freshly arrived from Nepal, where a cholera outbreak was underway, and the base wastes often poured into the river.”
Beatrice Lindstrom, a lawyer at the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), called the UN admission “a revolutionary first step towards justice”. Following the cholera outbreak, the IJDH filed a lawsuit against the United Nations. the victims of cholera. “Until now, the United States has refused to engage in a conversation about their role in the cholera epidemic. It is still, however, far from a formal excuse, “Reuters said in a phone interview.
Ban Ki-moon Haq’s deputy spokesman told The Washington Post that Alston’s report would likely be released in late September and presented by Ban at the United States General Assembly in October. Haq insisted that the United States welcome the “vital report,” calling it “a valuable contribution to the United States as we work on a new set of actions in the United States.”
So far, the United Nations has not mentioned sending officials back or restructuring their leadership in response to Haiti’s failures. The controversy over the treatment of Haiti and the spread of cholera is just one of the many criticisms filed in the United States. As the Washington Post notes:
He is following charges this year that US peacekeepers have committed rape and killings in the Central African Republic, and more recently they have failed to defend aid workers from brutal attacks in South Sudan.
Critics say these scandals have laid bare the struggles of the United Nations to monitor its forces and investigate allegations of wrongdoing and abuse, whether in negligence – such as Haiti – or allegations of more serious crimes. in Africa.
For conspiratorial readers, American confession can be part of something more damaging. It is well documented that the United States has an interest in tracking population growth and promoting methods of population control. In fact, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has stated publicly that “we should do everything” to reduce the world’s population. There is also the issue of the National Security Memorandum 200, which was completed with the help of Henry Kissinger. The note describes the steps that the United States should take to promote population control methods, including the use of organizations such as the United States to promote the agenda.