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U.S. Lawmakers, Agencies Should Push For Formation Of Commission For Haiti Cholera Victims

Boston Globe: Truth and justice for Haiti
Editorial Board

“Victims of Haiti’s raging cholera epidemic got a glimmer of good news recently when a class-action lawsuit seeking recompense from the United Nations for its role in spreading the disease finally got a hearing in a New York courtroom. … The lawsuit was brought by advocates because most scientists believe that a U.N. peacekeeping force brought the disease with them when they arrived to help the country rebuild after the quake. … The United Nations, citing immunity to claims of damage, has stonewalled and never acknowledged responsibility. There are reassuring signs that the international community is shaking off its torpor on the issue … Even the United Nations’ own specially appointed experts reported to the body’s Human Rights Council that efforts to wipe out the disease have not taken hold, and recommended a commission on truth, justice, and redress for cholera victims. This stirring of support is heartening, but U.S. lawmakers and government agencies like the State Department should push for formation of such a commission now. They have a moral duty to lead the way, not follow — outside the courtroom walls” (4/4).