Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

13 Members of Congress Demand Cholera Justice and UN Apology

Congresswoman Barbara Lee and twelve other Congresspersons wrote to the United Nations Secretary General and encouraged the US to allocate resources to the UN’s cholera response. The Congresspersons also urged an apology for the UN-caused epidemic, saying that “Each day that passes without a formal apology and remediation efforts further erodes trust in the UN and affiliated peacekeeping missions.”

Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full letter.


November 18, 2016

His Excellency Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General of the United Nations
760 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

Dear Mr. Secretary-General,

It has been six years since UN peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti, which was already reeling from deadly and devastating January 2010 earthquake. As a direct result of their negligence, nearly 800,000 people have been infected with cholera and upwards of 9,500 people have died.1

In 2014, we wrote to you expressing grave concern over the UN’s response to the epidemic. Despite overwhelming evidence that cholera was introduced in Haiti when soldiers serving in the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) contaminated the country’s largest river system with raw sewage, the UN took nearly six years to acknowledge their role in the outbreak.

Click HERE for the full letter.

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