IJDH Halts Forced Eviction of 310 Families at Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp
It seems that life could not get worse than living in an IDP camp – until even that is taken away. Imagine you are evicted and don’t have anywhere else to bring your family, in a city overrun with cholera. Tens of thousands of people – who had already lost almost everything in the earthquake – have suffered this fate.
But not the families of the Barbancourt II camp. The purported owner of the land under their camp came with police in June, and ordered residents to leave by July 16. The residents contacted the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), which provided “know your rights” training and organizing support, and informed the purported landowner and police that the planned summary eviction was illegal. Four months later, the Barbancourt II community is still intact, as are the 20 other IDP communities that the BAI is working with.
IJDH is leading the fight against evictions in international courts. The Institute is lead counsel representing those at risk of eviction in a case before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. On November 16, the Commission issued “Precautionary Measures” declaring the evictions illegal.