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Haiti - Social : Martelly has nothing to do with the destructions of camps in Delmas
27/05/2011 12:27:55

Haiti - Social : Martelly has nothing to do with the destructions of camps in Delmas
Yesterday Thursday, President Martelly met with the mayor of Delmas Wilson Jeudy about the destruction operations of IDP camps in his commune.

To justify this strong operation, Wilson Jeudy, the Mayor of Delmas had explained "...We can not give people a public square as a gift, to set up tents favorable to gang activity [...] this evacuation takes place in two stages: the first step is to eliminate all the empty tents, suspected to serve as hideouts for gangs, the second step will be to will be to begin discussions, from today with people living in other tents, to see how the town hall can displace them..."

The President Martelly wanted by this meeting to inquire personally about the situation after the denunciations Tuesday of some human rights organizations ...the POHDH, PAPDA and ACPRODDH have denounced [...] the strong intervention of the Mayor of Delmas. These organizations have expressed their will to force the Government to develop a comprehensive housing policy to provide shelter respecting the human dignity of the citizens.... Mr Martelly confirms that Mr. Jeudy said he conduct this operation to dislodge the bandits.

Martelly has also indicated that his administration prioritizes always the way of dialogue to try to solve the problems of victims of the earthquake of January 12, 2010, who still live today in camps, he took the opportunity to denounce the remarks of Senator Moise Jean-Charlesn "Contrary to what the Senator Jean-Charles Moise said, I have nothing to do with these operations", adding that perhaps the Senator had wanted revenge because twice he had not been received in his office.

Yesterday Thursday, during the question period of the weekly press briefing, of the UN Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (Minustah), Sylvie Van Den Wildenberg, spokeswoman for the Mission, has declared concerning these events "we consider them alarming. We are currently investigating on these evictions. The Deputy Special Representative who is also UN Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian has contacted the authorities, the transition team of President Martelly to alert them of the information we have on this subjecté adding "forced evictions violate guidelines on internally displaced persons and are against the international humanitarian law and human rights, whose Haiti is a signatory such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Mr Fischer has asked the transition team to advise the municipal authorities of the areas concerned on the importance of respect of on these rights while waiting a solution is found by avoiding making use of force, intimidation or threats against IDPs..." specifying that the Minustah and UNPOL did not participate in these actions "the support of our police is a training and technical support to the PNH. We are doing joint patrols, of course, but in no way, our policy is and will never be involved in operations of forced evictions."

Wednesday, the Congressman Donald M. Payne (NJ), and the Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY), Frederica Wilson (FL) and Maxine Waters (CA) in a joint statement wrote "Our offices were alarmed at the startling news that three camps of internally displaced persons in the Delmas neighborhood of Port-au-Prince were effectively destroyed [...] We will not, however, idly stand by and hear such reports of evictions, without seeking an explanation or taking action..."

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