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Dizaines de milliers toujours déplacées après 5 ans

Immédiatement après le tremblement de terre, le monde entier avait les yeux rivés sur Haïti. Aujourd’hui, il semble que le monde a oublié les dizaines de milliers de personnes qui sont toujours sans abri, dans les camps de fortune depuis 2010. Ces personnes traitent toujours avec les expulsions forcées et les mauvaises conditions sanitaires. Seulement des solutions de logement durables peuvent résoudre ce problème. Partie de l’article est ci dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Click HERE for the English version. Haïti. Cinq ans après le tremblement de terre dévastateur, des dizaines de milliers de personnes sont toujours sans logement Amnesty International 8 janvier 2015 Cinq ans après le séisme dévastateur qui a frappé Haïti en 2010, des dizaines de milliers de personnes n’ont toujours pas retrouvé de logement, et beaucoup de ceux qui ont tout perdu dans cette catastrophe se sentent […]

HRC’s Concluding Observations on Haiti Human Rights

The Human Rights Committee’s concluding observations for Haiti were published on October 30, 2014 with a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Geneva time. This is the final outcome document that brought Mario Joseph and Nicole Phillips to Geneva earlier this month. (Their conference call, along with other Haitian human rights leaders, is available here.) Below are excerpts from the press release pertaining to Haiti.  A press release from IJDH and BAI commending the Committee’s concluding observations is available here. UN Human Rights Committee’s Concluding Observations on: Haiti Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights October 27, 2014 PRESS CONFERENCE –THURSDAY 30 OCTOBER Palais des Nations, Press Room III at 13:30 GENEVA (27 October 2014) – The UN Human Rights Committee will be holding a news conference to discuss the outcome of its 112th session on Thursday 30 October at 13:30 in Press […]

Development Plans in Haiti Disservice the Poor

Forced evictions are continuing in Haiti due to the government’s plans to rebuild Port-au-Prince. The poor are often left with just 10 minutes to gather their belongings before their homes are destroyed. This article describes this situation and other human rights violations related to development in Haiti, such as sweatshop labor. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti: Where will the poor go? Seth Donnelly, San Francisco Bay View September 26, 2014 During my last trip to Haiti this June with a delegation of students and human rights observers, we were exposed to the raw violence of the ongoing forced dispersal of the poor. On May 31, the Martelly regime intensified a process – in the name of “eminent domain” – of violently evicting the poor from their homes in downtown Port-au-Prince and then physically destroying their homes […]

Reports Sent to UN Human Rights Committee

October 7-10, 2014, the Government of Haiti will be reviewed by the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva, a body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Haiti acceded to the ICCPR on February 6, 1991. Under the Haitian Constitution, international treaties, once ratified, become a part of the legislation of Haiti and abrogate any pre-existing, conflicting laws. Haiti, like all States parties, must submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented. States must report initially one year after acceding to the Covenant and then generally every four years. The Committee examines each report and addresses its concerns and recommendations to the State party in the form of “concluding observations”. This is Haiti’s first review. Haiti submitted its first report in 2013. The BAI and IJDH […]

Post-Quake IDP Camps Continue, Nearly 5 Years Later

Although the government has stopped talking about it and NGOs have stopped funding it, housing remains a big problem in Haiti. The Martelly-Lamothe government successfully emptied the most visible camps but less-visible ones have become permanent settlements. Building codes still have yet to be enforced, though building violations were a major cause of the destruction of the quake. Haiti needs sustainable housing solutions to respect the human rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and close IDP camps once and for all. Failure to Aid Haiti’s Earthquake Homeless Etant Dupain, Let Haiti Live August 19, 2014 Nearly 5 years after the quake, IDPs continue to be evicted from camps despite no sustainable housing solutions or meaningful construction reforms Port-au-Prince, Haiti: More than 20,000 victims of the earthquake on January 12, 2010 are living under the threat of forced evictions from the camps […]

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 […]

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