Florida groups criticize UN over cholera lawsuit

MIAMI (AP) — Haitian community advocates in Florida say the United Nations' lack of response to a lawsuit seeking compensation for cholera victims in Haiti is part of a pattern of evading responsibility for the outbreak.

The Haitian Lawyers Association and Haitian Women of Miami filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Manhattan federal court in support of a motion seeking affirmation that the U.N. had been properly served with the lawsuit filed in October.

The human rights groups that filed the lawsuit say the U.N. has kept process servers from entering its New York headquarters. They also say the U.N. hasn't acknowledged whether it has received the legal documents by mail or fax.

A U.N. spokesman declined comment Monday.

The Florida groups say the U.N.'s lack of response exacerbates the suffering in Haiti.

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