Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haitian Mayor’s Office Vows to Destroy All Refugee Camps, Launches Violent Campaign

By Beverly Bell, Other Worlds May 27, 2011 On May 23 and 25, police in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince destroyed camps where people homeless since the January 2010 earthquake have taken up shelter. During the raids, police and other municipal workers arrested and beat some of those living within the camps. The mayor of Delmas announced that this is part of a new campaign to evict internally displaced persons [IDPs] from public spaces. Those whose lodging was destroyed were amongst the million-plus people who have lived for 16 months under tents, lean-to’s of shredded tarps, or whatever repurposed materials they could scrounge, from blankets to tin. Neither the Haitian government nor the international community has offered any large-scale resettlement options. Camps Destroyed On the morning of May 23, two truckloads of police from Delmas, a self-governed district within the metropolitan […]

Outrage Over Camp Destructions by Haitian Police (TransAfrica Forum)

TransAfrica Forum May 26, 2011 Washington, DC—On Wednesday, May 25, 2011, Rep. Donald M. Payne (NJ), Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY), Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL), and Rep. Maxine Waters (CA) made a joint statement in response to the eviction and destruction of camps on public property in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince: “On Monday, May 23, 2011, our offices were alarmed at the startling news that three camps of internally displaced persons in the Delmas neighborhood of Port-au-Prince were effectively destroyed. This included the park at the intersection of Delmas Road and Airport Road which was destroyed at the hands of the Haitian police, under direction of Mayor Wilson Jeudy. This camp is home to several hundred people and is a microcosm of the over 800,000 officially-recognized displaced persons in Haiti. It is even more disturbing that this incident occurred during […]

Black Congress members outraged over camp destructions by Haitian police (Bay View: National Black Newspaper)

By Donald M. Payne, Yvette D. Clarke, Frederica Wilson and Maxine Waters May 26, 2011 Washington, D.C. – On Monday, May 23, 2011, our offices were alarmed at the startling news that three camps of internally displaced persons in the Delmas neighborhood of Port-au-Prince were effectively destroyed. This included the park at the intersection of Delmas Road and Airport Road, which was destroyed at the hands of the Haitian police under direction of Mayor Wilson Jeudy. This camp is home to several hundred people and is a microcosm of the over 800,000 officially-recognized displaced persons in Haiti. It is even more disturbing that this incident occurred during the day while many Haitian women and men were out in search of employment. Those who stayed behind witnessed the destruction of their belongings while some were violently beaten with batons by police. […]

Press Release: Homeless Haitian Earthquake Victims Violently Evicted from Tent Camps in Midst of Rainy Season

For Immediate Release May 24, 2011 Contact: Nicole C. Lee, Esq., President, TransAfrica Forum (US – English): 202-270-0774 Etant Dupain, Director, Bri Kouri Nouvel Gaye (Haiti – Creole, Spanish, French): +509-3768-0221 Melinda Miles, Director, Let Haiti Live (US – English, Creole): 413-923-8345 Homeless Haitian Earthquake Victims Violently Evicted from Tent Camps in Midst of Rainy Season Just One Week Into His Mandate, Is this the Change New President Michel Martelly Promised? Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Washington, DC: Let Haiti Live and TransAfrica Forum are gravely concerned about the well being of homeless earthquake survivors in the Delmas neighborhood of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince. Yesterday the Haitian National Police and agents from the Mayor’s office in Delmas arrived without warning and violently destroyed the makeshift shelters of internally displaced people (IDPs). At the intersection of the airport road and the main Delmas road, […]

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