Via BBC News, a surprising and encouraging development: Senior UN official calls for Haiti cholera compensation. Excerpt:
A senior United Nations official has broken ranks with his organisation and called for "full compensation" for the victims of a cholera epidemic in Haiti.
Gustavo Gallón, the UN's top human rights officer in Haiti, also said in his report that "those responsible" for the outbreak should be punished.
It is the first such call by a representative of the UN, which has so far rejected compensation claims.
Evidence suggests UN peacekeepers introduced cholera to Haiti in 2010.
The outbreak - which has killed more than 8,300 people and infected hundreds of thousands - has been blamed on leaking sewage pipes at a UN base.
The UN has never acknowledged responsibility for the epidemic, arguing that it is impossible to pinpoint the exact source of the disease.
The organisation says it has legal immunity from a lawsuit filed for Haitian victims at a New York court last year.
'Human action' blamed
Mr Gallón made the comments in a report on the human rights situation in Haiti.
"The diplomatic difficulties around this question have to be resolved to stop the epidemic as soon possible and pay full compensation for suffering experienced," he wrote.
"It is advisable to shed light on what really happened and to punish those responsible, whoever they may be."
Mr Gallón said the UN "should be the first to honour" the principle of compensation for victims of human rights violations.
He added that "silence is the worst of responses" to a "catastrophe caused by human action".
BBC international development correspondent Mark Doyle says the report has once again exposed what is an unprecedented legal and moral crisis for the UN,
It is not yet clear how Mr Gallón's remarks may affect the ongoing lawsuit in the US, our correspondent adds.
For more on Gustavo Gallón, click here. I'll try to find his UN report; it may well be his last.