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Haitian Diaspora Letter Demands Justice for Cholera Victims

154 Haitian-American organizations and leaders signed on to a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry, demanding justice for Haiti’s cholera victims. Despite ample scientific evidence proving UN responsibility for the epidemic, the UN has yet to admit this and struggles to raise funds for water and sanitation. The UN also refuses to compensate cholera victims, who have suffered a lot physically, financially and emotionally.

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Haitian groups sign cholera letter, head of U.N. campaign ends tenure

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

July 9, 2015

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center wearing blue cap, and then Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, right, greet residents during the launching of sanitation campaign in Hinche, Haiti, Monday, July 14, 2014. The Secretary-General arrived in rural Haiti to help launch a program to improve sanitation and fight the spread of cholera, a disease that many Haitians blame U.N. peacekeepers for introducing to the impoverished Caribbean country.

More than 150 Haitian-American organizations and prominent personalities including Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat and Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul have signed a letter urging U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary of State John Kerry to clear the path for justice for Haiti’s cholera victims.

The U.S. government has actively argued for United Nations immunity in a lawsuit to compensate victims of the deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti, and in January a U.S. district judge dismissed one of several suits filed by human rights groups and victims on the basis that the U.N. had not waived the broad immunity it enjoys under its charter.

Endorsed by diaspora organizations and political, religious and other community leaders across the United States, the letter calls on the United States to support compensation. It also calls for support for the implantation of water and sanitation infrastructure in poverty-stricken Haiti where 8,964 people have been killed and another 744,147 sickened by cholera in nearly five years.

Human rights advocates say the Haitian government data show that the number of recorded cases has tripled in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the same quarter of 2014.

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