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UN apology a ‘major step towards justice,’ still much to be done

Following UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s apology to Haitians for the UN’s role in the cholera outbreak, several Haiti affiliated groups have accepted the apology, while demanding that the UN effectively implement its proposed plan as soon as possible. Brian Concannon calls on member states to “rise to the challenge and actually fund and effectively execute the projects.”

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Taking ‘Major Steps Towards Justice,’ UN Apologizes for Haiti Cholera Outbreak

Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams

December 2, 2016

A scene from a Haitian protest against the U.N. in 2011, one year since the start of the cholera outbreak. (Photo from original article)


Marking what one advocacy group hailed as “major steps towards justice,” the United Nations on Thursday apologized for its role in the deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti.

Since the outbreak began in 2010—firmly linked to reckless sewage practices by a Nepalese contingent of U.N. peacekeepers—data from the World Health Organization shows thatcholera has killed over 9,000 people and sickened over 780,000. Cholera victims have spent years seeking legal redress, but the U.N. has claimed immunity…


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