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Amnesty International Calls Attention to Ongoing Haiti Housing Crisis

Following a report from the Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Haiti, Amnesty International would like to call attention to the housing crisis that is still going on in Haiti, more than four years after the Earthquake.

Haiti must take immediate action to prevent forced evictions and relocate internally-displaced persons: Amnesty International oral statement to the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Amnesty International
March 31, 2014

25 March 2014

Item 10
Interactive dialogue with the
Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti

Mr President,

Amnesty International welcomes the report of the Independent Expert on the situation
of human rights in Haiti. We share the Expert’s analysis in relation to the five key
problems contributing to human rights violations in Haiti which need to be
immediately addressed.

Regarding the lack of enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights, Amnesty
International would like to draw the Council’s attention to the right to adequate
housing considering that, as the Expert states, the housing crisis has been
exacerbated by the 2010 earthquake.

Approximately 146,000 internally-displaced persons (IDPs) are estimated to still be
living in displacement camps, the majority in appalling conditions. Most people
relocated from camps have not benefitted from durable housing solutions.
Amnesty International has documented a pattern of forced evictions of IDPs,
condoned if not carried out by the authorities and often with excessive use of force by
the police. Approximately 60,000 people have been forcibly evicted since in July
2010.

In October 2013, the government announced the adoption of Haiti’s first National
Housing Policy. While the full document is not yet published, previous drafts seen by
Amnesty International failed to establish concrete plans for those living in poverty to
access adequate and affordable housing and did not include measures to prevent
forced evictions and provide durable solutions to displaced people.

We urge the Council and the Independent Expert to encourage the government of
Haiti to take immediate and effective measures to prevent forced evictions, investigate
cases of forced evictions and relocate IDPs from camps in compliance with the
durable solutions framework.

Thank you Mr. President.

 

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