Evictions of Haitians displaced by earthquake a concern: UN official

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The humanitarian community is gravely concerned about the forced evictions of Haitians displaced by the earthquake that hit Haiti three years ago, says the United Nations humanitarian official in the country.

Survivors of the 12 January 2010 earthquake in the Caribbean country sought refuge in camps built on available open land, with thousands in Port au Prince alone.

According to reports, property owners have in recent days intensified the evictions of the displaced people still living in camps.

UN Spokesperson, Martin Nesirky has more.

"The acting Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti, Ross Mountain, has expressed the grave concern of the humanitarian community in Haiti regarding recent incidents of forced evictions of internally displaced persons from camps in Port-au-Prince. Mr. Mountain visited the Acra 2 camp in Port-au-Prince and then met with the Minister of Human Rights and the Fight against Extreme Poverty to discuss the issue. Mr. Mountain stressed that these families have suffered intimidation, physical violence and the destruction of their shelters, including through arson." (33")

Martin Nesirky adds that while recognizing the right of owners to enjoy their property, Mr. Mountain recalled that the practice of forced eviction often results in violations of human rights, such as the right to life and security of the individual.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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