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Haitian Diaspora Demands UN Accountability in Open Letter

154 Haitian-American organizations and individuals have signed an open letter addressed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry, demanding UN accountability for the cholera outbreak. With the cholera epidemic seeing a spike in cases this year, the diaspora is asking for proper water and sanitation infrastructure to prevent further outbreak, as well as compensation for cholera’s victims.

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Haitian-American Community Writes Open Letter to U.S. and U.N. Over Cholera Justice

The Haitian Times

24 July 2015

Members of the Haitian-American diaspora penned an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry over the cholera outbreak that emerged in Haiti shortly after the 2010 earthquake. More than 150 Haitian-American organizations sent the letter earlier this month, where they expressed “deep outrage at the United Nations’ failure to take responsibility for the cholera epidemic it brought to Haiti.”

The letter pays special focus to the decision in Georges et al v. United Nations et al., a lawsuit brought by cholera victims, where the court decided the UN was not to be held accountable for the disease that spread on the island.

“The UN should not be permitted to evade accountability on this issue,” it stated in the letter. “It is imperative for the U.S. government to ensure the UN complies with its legal obligations to install the water and sanitation infrastructure necessary to control cholera and compensate the victims.”

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