PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A United Nations official is calling for compensation for the thousands of Haitians who have died of a cholera outbreak in the Caribbean nation.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Tuesday at an awards ceremony for human rights activists in Geneva that Haiti's cholera victims should get compensation but he didn't say by whom.
The remarks are the first time a U.N. official has spoken publicly about a need to provide compensation for Haiti's cholera victims.
Scientific studies have shown that cholera was likely introduced to Haiti in 2010 by U.N. troops from Nepal, where the disease is endemic.
A Boston-based human rights group filed a complaint against the U.N. but the world body maintains that it enjoys legal immunity from such claims.