Lawyers for Haitians seeking compensation from the United Nations for victims of a deadly cholera outbreak have asked a New York judge to set aside the U.N.’s immunity and let their lawsuit proceed.
A judge reserved decision after hearing arguments Thursday in Manhattan federal court.
Attorney Beatrice Lindstrom argued that the United Nations lost its immunity by failing to compensate for the more than 8,000 people killed and over 700,000 sickened in the impoverished Caribbean nation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ellen Blain argued that the United Nations has immunity unless it decides to waive it. She says she appeared in court because the United States has obligations as the U.N.’s host nation.
She says letting the case proceed would subject the United Nations to many similar lawsuits from around the world.