Urgent Action for Earthquake Survivor Camp Gaston Margon (Magwon)

A child at Camp Gaston Margon (Magwon)UA: 69/13 Index: AMR 36/006/2013 Haiti Date: 22 March 2013


Hundreds of families who were left homeless after the January 2010 earthquake face imminent forced eviction from their makeshift camp in the Port-au-Prince municipality of Carrefour. Amnesty International is concerned that if evicted they will once again be left homeless.

Approximately 650 families living in Gaston Magwon displacement camp in the Port-au-Prince municipality of Carrefour are currently under the threat of forced eviction. Already, on 15 February, 150 families were forcibly evicted from the camp by police officers and a group of men carrying machetes and knives who were accompanied by a local justice of the peace. The armed men began destroying the families’ shelters, while some people were still inside, and attacked individuals that attempted to stop them. The police also shot their firearms into the air to intimidate the families. One infant was reported to have suffered injuries when armed men and police damaged a shelter with the child still inside. The men reportedly threatened to burn down the entire camp and to kill the children of families who did not move.

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Popular Organizations Announce Protest Against Hunger and Cost of Living on April 11

Heads Together of Popular Organizations

Port-au-Prince, April 3, 2013

Press Conference

Tèt Kole Oganizasyon Popilè (Heads Together of Popular Organizations) have taken a long time to observe the political, economic and social situation of the country since the government of Martelly-Lamothe has run the country in light of Haiti’s recent ratification of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights dedicated to these rights. Tèt Kole has observed this far right power for a long time, which does not have the ability to respect or enforce a set of legal democratic values​​, including: 1) the lack of elections; 2) destroying the Republican Institution; 3) protecting the interests of imperialist countries and then reinforcing the bourgeoisie’s projects that have always taken advantage of the people; and 4) attempting to bring back the old dictatorial regime. We have realized that the quality of life of the people in popular neighborhoods and in the underserved areas are deteriorating every day, life is getting more expensive, hunger is currently impacting people who were already vulnerable, parents cannot pay school tuition for their kids, unemployment is getting higher every day.

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Victims of the Earthquake Call on Government to Meet its Responsibilities

"We all voted for a better life"Victims of the January 12, 2010 earthquake who are still living in camps more than three years since the tragedy, demonstrated in Port-au-Prince on March 28, 2013 to call on the government to meet its responsibility to help internally displaced people. 

Twenty-five camp committees alongside organizations working for decent housing programs that meet the needs of the disadvantages like FRAKKA, denounced the forced evictions that are happening to displaced people.

The demonstrators weren’t afraid to speak out against the Haitian government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that haven’t worked with them to create a sustainable plan and instead have just given people 20,000 gourdes ($500 US) which isn’t enough to rent a house and doesn’t solve the housing problem.

The protestors carried signs with messages like: “Down with forced evictions, Long live social housing, Down with NGOs.”

One of the biggest demands for demonstrators was for the government to make land available for victims who are in displacement communities on private lands while they are working for a long-term solution.

The Demonstration started with around 600 people but many more gathered as the group progressed through areas with camps. The numbers grew to between 2,500 and 3,000 participants.

President Martelly wasn’t spared in the speeches and chants of protestors who used their signs and songs to ask the president where are the 30,000 houses he promised to the January 12 victims during his election campaign.



Victims of Cholera Demonstrate for Justice from the UN

Victims of cholera demonstrated on April 4th to continue asking the United Nations for justice and reparations. Demonstrators strongly condemned the UN's decision to not accept the complaint that cholera victims brought against the mission in Haiti.
Protestors announced that they will mobilize tirelessly around a legal process that includes bringing a complaint before the Haitian courts against the UN MIssion.
The demonstrators carried many signs with messages against MINUSTAH and the Haitin government who they feel has covered up the UN's involvement.




Victims of Cholera Announce Sit In At Ministry of Justice on April 4th

Justice and reparations for all victims of cholera! At a demonstration outside the MINUSTAH battalion where the cholera epidemic began.Victims of cholera from Carrefour (Kafou) have announced a sit-in at the Ministry of Justice to ask for justice and reparation for all victims of cholera. This is an initiative of the movement of victims of cholera and the Collective for Justice and Reparations for the Victims of Cholera.

Dozens of victims have already announced that they will bring a complaint against MINUSTAH (The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti) in the Haitian court, and this is the reason they are launching a mobilization for all victims concerned to participate and re-launch the struggle in the streets against the occupation mission from the United Nations.

Tomorrow, April 4 at 10am in front of the Ministry of Justice, victims will meet to demand that the Haitian Government take it’s responsibility and take a clear position on cholera.