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UN Condemns Eviction of About 150 Haiti Families

The Associated Press
June 10th, 2013

The United Nations is condemning the eviction of up to 150 Haitian families living in a makeshift settlement established after a devastating 2010 earthquake.

Sophie de Caen of the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a Monday statement that she’s “gravely concerned” about the rights of quake victims being violated.

The U.N. says a tractor was used on June 4 to destroy tents in a camp established on private land, forcing 120-150 families to move out. It did not say who was behind the eviction.

Shortly after the quake, as many as 1.5 million people lived in such camps. But that number has dropped to 320,000, in part because of evictions.

Those forced removals are now among Haiti’s more pressing rights concerns.

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