Port-au-Prince Residents Want a Say in Their Resettlement, As is Their Right
|Wednesday, 10 February 2010 15:29|
“If new camps are set-up then people should be not be forced to go. The camps should be safe to reduce criminality and protect vulnerable groups such as women and children. They should also be seen as temporary solutions not end up as long term slums outside the city limits.”
According to Oxfam there is still no clarity on plans to re-site new camps and there needs to be meaningful consultation with camp residents so that they can make informed decisions.Leaving Haitians out of the planning of their own resettlement would be a violation of their international rights. The Center for Constitutional Rights is working to ensure that Haitians know their rights not to be forcibly relocated, including their right to be involved in the planning of their resettlement, that “Displaced people must be provided with safe access to food, water, shelter, clothing, medical services and sanitation,” and that “Humanitarian assistance to displaced persons cannot be diverted for political or military reasons,” among other rights under the United Nations Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.