UA: 156/11 Index: AMR 36/006/2011 Haiti Date: 27 May 2011
STOP EVICTIONS OF HOMELESS HAITIANS
Since 23 May, more than 300 homeless families have been forcibly evicted from two makeshift
camps in the Delmas municipality of Port-au-Prince, continuing what seems to be a wave of
forced evictions in the Haitian capital. Hundreds more are facing imminent eviction in the next
On 23 May, the Delmas municipal authorities and officers from the Haitian National Police forcibly evicted families
occupying a public square known as “Place Carrefour Aéroport” (Airport Junction Square) at the intersection of
Delmas Road and Toussaint Louverture Avenue, in Port-au-Prince. On 25 May, 144 families at camp “Assistance
Plus”, on Delmas 3 Road, were also evicted by the municipal authorities with the assistance of police officers. These
families were among hundreds of thousands who had been left homeless by the January 2010 earthquake and who
had no alternative but to make their own shelters wherever they could.
Until now evictions and threats of evictions have primarily affected internally displaced people (IDPs) occupying
private land. However, the Mayor of Delmas has stated that within the next three months he intends to “evacuate”
everyone in public places in the Delmas municipality, to help Haiti’s efforts to attract tourism and investment in the
The Mayor of Delmas ordered the eviction of all the families in these camps without prior notification or consultation
with those affected. Municipal workers and police officers accompanying the Mayor pulled down and tore the tents
and tarpaulins of the families. By the time the authorities arrived, some residents had already left for their daily
activities and when they returned they found their frail shelters destroyed. Their personal belongings were seized or
destroyed during the operation.
No alternative accommodation or shelter has been offered by the Haitian authorities to those forcibly evicted.
According to information available to Amnesty International, no legal proceedings have been initiated by Delmas’
municipal authorities to remove IDPs from public places. The lack of security and inadequate living conditions in
makeshift camps cannot be solved by forced evictions.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in French or your own language:
Urge authorities to halt any further evictions of people from IDP camps in Delmas and other municipalities in
Haiti until such time as adequate alternative accommodation can be provided;
Urge the authorities to ensure that no one is being evicted without due process, adequate notice, consultation
and ensuring that all of those affected have access to adequate alternative accommodation;
Remind them that UN Guiding Principles on Internally Displaced Persons state that such persons have the right
to an adequate standard of living, including basic shelter and housing, and protection against arbitrary
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 8 JULY 2011 TO:
Monsieur Michel Martelly
Fax: + 202-745-7215 (via Haiti embassy in the USA)
Salutation: Monsieur le Président, Dear President Martelly
General Director of the Haiti National Police
Monsieur Mario Andrésol
Directeur Général de la Police Nationale d'Haïti
Salutation: Monsieur le Directeur Général / Señor
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.