UN agencies appeal to governments to suspend involuntary return of Haitians to their homeland

A boy jump ropes at a camp for persons displaced in Haiti

A boy jump ropes at a camp for persons displaced in Haiti

NARRATOR: There's been an appeal for governments to continue offering refuge to Haitians who feld their country after the January 2010 earthquake.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) this week renewed their appeal to governments to suspend, on humanitarian grounds, all involuntary returns to Haiti.

UNHCR Spokesman Adrian Edwards said precarious conditions continue to persist in the country.

TAPE: Eighteen months after the massive earthquake of January 2010, an estimated 680,000 people are still displaced within Haiti, living in over 1,000 tented camps in Port-au-Prince and other earthquake-affected areas. An unknown number remains outside the country.

Despite the recent elections and ongoing reconstruction efforts, Haiti, weakened by the earthquake, cannot yet ensure adequate protection or care especially for some vulnerable groups in case of return, such as unaccompanied minors, disabled persons, people with health problems, and so on. Given the current situation in Haiti, UNHCR and OHCHR are urging governments to renew on humanitarian ground resident permits and other mechanisms that will allow Haitians to remain outside their country.

NARRATOR: UNHCR Spokesman Adrian Edwards.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

Duration: 1’29″

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