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New York City Bar Demands Cholera Justice

In August, the United Nations promised to reveal a new plan for eliminating cholera from Haiti sometime in October. The International Committee of the New York City Bar Association urges Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to ensure that human rights principles guide this plan. Part of the Bar Association’s letter is below. Click HERE for the full text. October 14, 2016 Dear Mr. Secretary-General: I write on behalf of the New York City Bar Association regarding your office’s recent statements recognizing the role of the United Nations in the outbreak of cholera in Haiti in 2010. We welcome this acknowledgment of responsibility as an important step toward accountability and justice for cholera victims and elimination of the disease from Haiti. In order to ensure a just resolution of this crisis and to safeguard the UN’s moral leadership, we urge you to take concrete steps to ensure that […]

New York Bar Association Joins Fight for Cholera Justice

The New York Bar Association has joined many others in urging the United Nations to accept responsibility for bringing cholera to Haiti and to provide a method of redress for victims of the epidemic. The UN’s refusal to accept responsibility despite mounds of scientific evidence, 3 lawsuits against it, and UN officials’ demands for justice has reduced its credibility all over the world. The immunity the UN depends on greatly may even be at risk. New York Bar Association Urges US to Push UN to Accept Responsibility for Cholera Epidemic in Haiti Lauren Carasik, Jurist May 10, 2014 Last month, the venerable New York City Bar Association added the voices of its 24,000 local and international members to the mounting pressure on the UN to take responsibility for the cholera epidemic in Haiti that has killed 8,500 people and sickened more than 700,00. Penning a letter […]

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