Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Half-Hour for Haiti: Condemn Forced Evictions

Condemn the Recent Forced Evictions and Urge the State Department to Act

Please call the State Department (202-647-5291 and press 1 for the comment line) and urge them to condemn the recent forced evictions and promote a new participatory relocation plan that adheres to international human rights standards and is created through direct consultation with Haitian camp leaders, particularly women leaders, and grassroots movements. Be Part of the Solution for Haiti: Make a Difference in Half an Hour a Month

Urgent Action Needed

Today, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, the Center for Constitutional Rights, You.Me.We  and TransAfrica Forum urged the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to renew its call on the Government of Haiti to implement a moratorium on evictions from displacement camps until a comprehensive return and resettlement plan — one that protects the human rights of Haitians displaced from the earthquake — is adopted and implemented.

The situation of forced evictions from Haiti’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps has grown even more urgent since Haiti’s new President Michel Martelly took office this May. Martelly has faced criticism for his pledge to close all camps within six months without providing a realistic, concrete plan for relocating those currently living in camps.  In his first few weeks in office, government officials have already unlawfully closed at least three camps, forcing approximately 1,000 residents out of their provisional shelter without providing them with any alternative housing. President Martelly has not publicly condemned these evictions. On May 19th, Martelly announced to a settlement of 100,000 residents on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince that they would be evicted in the coming weeks in order to make room for a factory. He made no mention of alternative housing.

U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton made recent remarks that the US wants “to do everything we can to be a good partner for Haiti.” Clinton must realize that supporting Martelly does not translate into being a good partner to Haiti’s poor majority. Martelly’s written plan for relocating people has not been made in consultation with any camps or grassroots organizations, and has been criticized as vague and unrealistic.

Please call the State Department and urge them to condemn the recent forced evictions and promote a new participatory relocation plan that adheres to international human rights standards and is created through direct consultation with Haitian camp leaders, particularly women leaders, and grassroots movements.

Call the State Department at 202-647-5291 and press 1 for the comment line.

Suggested comment:

Hi, my name is  _____ and I want to urge the U.S. State Department to do everything it can to discourage the Haitian government’s illegal and violent evictions of earthquake survivors from camps for Internally Displaced Persons. The Department should condemn the evictions and insist that relocations be done in consultation with the affected people and to safe, adequate alternative housing.

Thank you for taking action for social justice on this critically important issue.

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