Tuesday, February 12, 2013
End Forced Evictions in Haitian Refugee Camps
Target: Michel Martelly, President of Haiti & Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste, Head of the Civil Protection Agency.
Goal: To end the policy of forced evictions of Haitian refugee camps.
Hundreds of Haitian families have been forcibly evicted from refugee camps in the last month. This practice by the Civil Protection Agency must be stopped. The camps were not given proper notice about the evictions and therefore many were unable to gather their belongings before their homes were bulldozed. In total, around 600 families were evicted from the two camps.
Evicted families were promised a total of 20,000 gourdes (approximately US$480), yet, human rights groups are reporting that nearly 250 families have yet to receive the sum. They suffer this indignity after being evicted with only five days notice to depart with the little they possess. The Haitian government must ensure the rights of their citizens and end this ignoble practice of hurried evictions and demolition of refugee camps.
In one of the evictions in a refugee camp outside of the capital Port-Au-Prince, evictions were carried out by a group of men armed with machetes and hammers. Reports state that one man was badly beaten in the process. Human rights groups also state that even though there was a Justice of the Peace present for the eviction, no judicial order for the eviction was presented. This transgression is a violation of the refugees’ human rights.
The government of Haiti should discontinue forcibly evicting its citizens as it is against international human rights standards. Sign this petition to demand that the people of Haiti are granted every right that is guaranteed them under international law.
Dear President Michel Martelly and CPA Director Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste ,
The forced evictions currently occurring in refugee camps in your country must be discontinued. A mob armed with machetes and hammers is not the proper way to break down a refugee camp. Forced evictions are a basic violation of the human rights of your people and a step backward in the recovery from the devastating hurricanes that have created the need for camps.
By not giving proper notice for evictions, your people are not guaranteed the time to gather their belongings and make plans as to where to settle next. I ask that you command the Civil Protection Agency to end this oppressive policy and ensure the human rights of all your people.
[Your Name Here]
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