April 18, 2013
Hundreds of families risk forced eviction
Hundreds of families left homeless after Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake are being threatened with forced eviction from their makeshift camp in the Christ-Roi neighbourhood of the capital, Port-au-Prince.
A man claiming to be the landowner came to the Christopher camp in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, on 23 March, with a Justice of the Peace and several police officers. The Justice of the Peace handed the residents a document ordering them all to vacate the land within two days. The residents, however, have never been given the opportunity to be heard in court in order to respond to the self-styled landowner’s claim to the land. The camp’s residents marched to the Presidential palace on 3 April to demonstrate against the threat of forced eviction. The “landowner” told them afterwards that they had until 3 May to leave the land.
Christopher camp is on private land in the Christ-Roi neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince, and home to 345 families, 1,689 people, according to the latest data from the International Organization for Migration. The majority of the residents lived in the neighbourhood before the 2010 earthquake and built their shelters on the land when they were left homeless. The landowner originally informed them they could stay for two months. The residents, however, have never been offered adequate alternative accommodation and have nowhere to go.
Please write immediately in French or your own language:
Calling on the authorities to ensure that residents at Christopher camp are not evicted without due process, adequate notice and consultation, and that all those affected have access to adequate alternative accommodation;
Urging them to seek durable solutions to the housing needs of the Christopher camp residents and the hundreds of thousands of others still living in dire conditions in makeshifts camps.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 30 MAY 2013 TO:
Michel Joseph Martelly
Rue Magny, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Fax: + 1 202-745-7215 (via Haiti embassy in the USA)
Salutation: Monsieur le Président/
Dear President Martelly
General Director of the Haitian Police
Directeur Général de la PNH
Police Nationale d’Haiti
Salutation: Monsieur le directeur/
And copies to:
Mayor of Port-au-Prince
151, Angle avenue Jean-Paul II et impasse Duverger, Turgeau