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U.N. Must Adopt Human Rights-Based Approach, Follow Through On Commitments To Eradicate Cholera In Haiti

Newsweek: The United Nations Infected Haitians With Cholera. Now They Are Abandoning The Islanders To Their Fate
Lauren Carasik, director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Western New England University School of Law

“…In August, 2016, the U.N. promised to make amends through a ‘New Approach to Cholera in Haiti,’ a $400 million two-track plan that includes intensified support for cholera control, and the provision of material assistance to those most affected by the disease. … So far, the U.N.’s ‘New Approach’ looks more like a broken promise. A fund created to collect donations stands largely unfunded … Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has not shown adequate leadership on this defining issue, despite vowing to prioritize strengthened U.N. accountability. … The U.N. must do right by the victims whose lives are forever marred by cholera and the weary country still battling the deadly epidemic. … If the U.N. wants to regain credibility in Haiti and for future missions elsewhere on the world stage, it will need to adopt a human rights-based response that models accountability and follow-through on its commitment to right its wrongs. It has wasted too much time already” (10/24).

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