Stop Forced Evictions of Haiti Earthquake Victims!

An Urgent Appeal From the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, May 25, 2010

Take Action: Stop Forced Evictions of Haiti's Earthquake Victims 

Text below, web link here:  http://ijdh.org/archives/12237. Photo by Tim Schwartz.

Action Aid Haiti, Bagay Dwol Haiti Relief Fund, Canada Haiti Action Network, Centre Medical-Social Port au Prince, Konbit pou Ayiti (KONPAY), Haitian American Organization for Social & Economic Development (HAOSED), Health Empowering Humanity, Honor and Respect Foundation, Human Rights Accompaniment In Haiti, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, International Action Ties, Lambi Fund, Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office, People's Health Movement-USA, Quixote Center, Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods(SOIL), Trans Africa Forum, World Service of Mercy, You. Me. We.

Petition Text

As signers of this petition, we are urgently co ncerned about the treatment of Internally Displaced Persons who are being forcibly evicted and involuntarily relocated from camps in Haiti without habitable alternatives. We call on the Government of Haiti, the United Nations,especially the relevant security and human rights authorities and OCHA, to affirm the rights of IDP's and rapidly implement a policy upholding these rights.

We call for an immediate stop to forced evictions and the development of a human rights monitoring system to ensure that further violence and violations do not take place. A transparent process to relocate camp inhabitants that is rights-based and protects earthquake victims is essential for national recovery to occur in a manner that promotes dignity and is sensitive to the needs expressed by the communities.
Specifically, we call for those responsible, accountabl e and empowered to put into place:

1. An expansion of coverage and time extension for the moratorium on forced removals:Evictions and/or involuntary removals from all camp settlementsmust be officially suspended for an additional 90 days to allow alternative options tobe explored and agreed upon. 

2. An independent monitoring system: The OCHA Protection Cluster, MINUSTAH Human Rights Section and all other stakeholders for human rights,including Haitian civil society, must immediately develop a collaborative system of independent monitors in locations where IDP's face removal from their communities, both voluntary and forced, to address complaints from displaced persons.

3. Genuine community consultation: Community representatives and civil society, especially women and the youth, must be included in all planning processes, promoting culturally-relevant solutions with respect and support for self-determination. No viable or just solutions to the complex issue of resettlement can be determined without dialogue between those most affected and those upon whom it is incumbent to protect the rights of the Internally Displaced Person.

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