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NYC Bar Writes Ambassador Power for Cholera Justice

The New York City Bar Association wrote to US Ambassador Samantha Power regarding the US support for the United Nations’ new plan to combat cholera in Haiti, which was detailed before the UN General Assembly on December 1. The plan requires funding from UN member states, of which the US is one of the largest contributors.

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

December 23, 2016

The Honorable Ambassador Samantha Power

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

799 United Nations Plaza

New York, New York 10017


Dear Ambassador Power:

We write on behalf of the New York City Bar Association to urge the United States to provide support for the United Nations’ new approach to the cholera epidemic in Haiti before you complete your term as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. We applaud Ambassador Isobel Coleman’s December 1, 2016 remarks stating that the United States “recognizes that more must be done” in response to the outbreak and that it “supports the UN’s ongoing efforts.”1 A timely and concrete investment from the United States is essential to ensure that the approach receives full international support and that implementation of the new plan can begin.

The Association is a 145-year-old independent nongovernmental organization of more than 25,000 members in New York City, throughout the United States, and in over fifty other countries. Our membership includes judges, prosecutors, government officials, defense lawyers, and scholars of international and domestic law. The Association has a long history of dedication to promoting human rights and the rule of law, including within the United States. We have long been troubled by the insufficiency of UN efforts to eliminate cholera from Haiti and the lack of any mechanism to hear and resolve claims by cholera victims, and we are encouraged by the UN’s recent progress to develop a just response to the cholera crisis.2


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