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U.N. Admits Role in Cholera Epidemic in Haiti

       

Julener Buisserette sanitizes a tent with cholera patients in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, in November 2010. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

nytimes.com - by Jonathan M. Katz - August 17, 2016

For the first time since a cholera epidemic believed to be imported by United Nations peacekeepers began killing thousands of Haitians nearly six years ago, the office of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has acknowledged that the United Nations played a role in the initial outbreak and that a “significant new set of U.N. actions” will be needed to respond to the crisis.

The deputy spokesman for the secretary general, Farhan Haq, said in an email this week that “over the past year, the U.N. has become convinced that it needs to do much more regarding its own involvement in the initial outbreak and the suffering of those affected by cholera.” He added that a “new response will be presented publicly within the next two months, once it has been fully elaborated, agreed with the Haitian authorities and discussed with member states.”

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Ruling - United States Court of Appeals

DELAMA GEORGES, individually and on behalf of the ESTATE OF DESILUS GEORGES and all others similarly situated; ALIUS JOSEPH, individually and on behalf of the ESTATE OF MARIE‐CLAUDE LEFEUVE and all others similarly situated; LISETTE PAUL, individually and on behalf of the ESTATE OF FRITZNEL PAUL and all others similarly situated; FELICIA PAULE, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated; JEAN RONY SILFORT, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs‐Appellants,

v.

UNITED NATIONS; UNITED NATIONS STABILIZATION MISSION IN HAITI; EDMOND MULET, former Under‐Secretary‐General of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti; BAN KI‐MOON, Secretary‐ General of the United Nations, Defendants‐Appellees.

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