Amnesty International: halt evictions for people living in Haiti camps
Residents of the Jean-Marie Vincent camp for people displaced by the 2010 earthquake, wait for customers outside their tent where they have set up a stand to sell rice, oil and canned goods, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. (AP / Dieu Nalio Chery)
Published Friday, February 1, 2013 6:20PM EST
Last Updated Friday, February 1, 2013 10:47PM EST
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Amnesty International is calling on Haiti to stop the eviction of people still living in the impromptu settlements that surfaced after the 2010 earthquake.
The advocacy group also called for the authorities to take "meaningful steps" to provide appropriate housing.
The statement on Friday came after a "new wave" of evictions that affected hundreds of families in Haiti's capital.
Amnesty said police violently evicted 84 families on Jan. 22 from a camp in Port-au-Prince. The families were abruptly ordered to leave by police officers who came with men who carried machetes and hammers.
The Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake destroyed thousands of homes and made 1.5 million people homeless. More than 345,000 people are still living in the camps.
A police spokesman couldn't immediately be reached for comment.