Haiti: Earthquakes - Jan 2010
The earthquake that hit Haiti on 12 Jan 2010 affected almost 3.5 million people, including the entire population of 2.8 million people living in the capital, Port-au- Prince. The Government of Haiti estimates that the earthquake killed 222,570 and injured another 300,572 people. Displacement peaked at close to 2.3 million people, including 302,000 children. At least 188,383 houses were badly damaged and 105,000 were destroyed by the earthquake. Sixty per cent of Government and administrative buildings, 80 per cent of schools in Port-au-Prince and 60 per cent of schools in the South and West Departments were destroyed or damaged. Total earthquake-related loss is estimated at $7.8 billion, equivalent to more than 120 per cent of Haiti’s 2009 gross domestic product. (UN General Assembly, 2 Sep 2011)
According to the Humanitarian Action Plan for Haiti 2014 an estimated 172,000 people remained internally displaced in Haiti in 306 camps at the end of 2013, almost four years after the earthquake. Basic services in camps, including WASH and health, had declined faster than the pace of return or relocation of the displaced. 16,377 displaced families living in 52 camps were considered at high risk of forced evictions. Almost 80,000 people lived in 67 camps considered to be at particularly high risk of flooding, with an additional 30 camps at additional environmental risks.
By mid-2014, an estimated 104,000 people remained internally displaced in 172 camps. Almost 70,000 IDPs were not currently targeted by any return or relocation programs. (OCHA, 31 Jul 2014) By Sep, 85,432 people remained internally displaced in 123 camps. (IOM, 8 Oct 2014)
Ce rapport semestriel, qui ne prétend pas à l’exhaustivité, fournit un aperçu de la diversité des programmes et activités d’une partie des acteurs étatiques et non-gouvernementaux œuvrant dans le domaine de la protection des personnes déplacées internes en Haïti. Ce rapport a été préparé par le Haut-Commissariat aux droits de l’homme (HCDH)/Section des droits de l’homme (SDH) de la MINUSTAH à partir des informations soumises par divers acteurs dans le domaine de la protection dans les camps de personnes déplacées internes (DPI) issues du séisme du 12 janvier 2010.
17 September 2012
PORT-AU-PRINCE/NEW YORK/GENEVA (17 September 2012): Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, has spoken of “encouraging signs in Haiti today”, but also of risks, at the conclusion of his four-day mission to the country.
He cited as promising the recent constitutional amendments that establish a 30 per cent quota for women in public life and a constitutional council, the appointment of a Minister for Human Rights and the Fight against Extreme Poverty, and a significant decrease in the camp population from 1.5 million to 370,000.
Les instances des droits de l’homme de l’ONU appellent les autorités haïtiennes à enquêter sur des allégations de meurtres et de torture attribués à des éléments de la Police Nationale
27 décembre 2011
Haitian authorities must investigate allegations of police torture and killings – UN reports
GENEVA/PORT-AU-PRINCE – The UN’s human rights presence in Haiti on Tuesday urged Haitian authorities to properly investigate and prosecute police officers suspected of unlawful killings and torture, after two UN reports raised concerns that the illegal use of force by officers in the Haitian National Police (HNP) may have led to the deaths of nine people in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area between October 2010 and June this year.
When the earthquake hit and the ground started shaking, Gertrude – an 83 year old Haitian woman – grabbed the little money she had and rushed out of her house just in time to see it collapse.
Gertrude’s house was small, with only one room. She had lived there all her life. She did not have a bathroom, but used a make-shift latrine and a shower outside, under a tree, which she shared with her neighbours. Since the day of the earthquake - 12 January 2010 - Gertrude has been living in a tent next to the rubble – which remains of her home.
Port-au-Prince, 5 Juillet 2011
GENEVA (11 January 2011) - On the eve of the first anniversary of Haiti's devastating earthquake, that killed more than 222,000 persons, including 102 UN staff, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on Tuesday conveyed her solidarity with the people of Haiti, and called for a more concerted effort to improve fundamental human rights for the whole population.
The High Commissioner acknowledged the very significant efforts, despite heavy losses of personnel, by the Haitian Government and the international community to address the tremendous challenges facing the …
Six months on from the January earthquake in Haiti - the largest urban natural catastrophe in recorded history - the enormous relief operation slowly shifts its focus and starts the process of fundamental change and reform of the country's systems of governance. These long-term programmes are aimed at achieving for Haiti a future which offers real economic, social and political progress.
Up to 50 million people are displaced by natural disasters each year, according to the United Nations.
A group of experts has emphasised the need to find durable, rights-based solutions for Haitians displaced as a result of the January earthquake.
The experts, speaking during a panel discussion on the sidelines of the 13th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva highlighted the human rights, humanitarian, development and reconstruction challenges that now await Haitian authorities and the international community.
The Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Walter Kälin said a roadmap to recovery which provides a coherent …
Over 1.3 million people live in makeshift shelters on the once buzzing streets of Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince and its environs. Those who survived the 12 January earthquake are now faced with the daunting task of rebuilding their lives out of the ruins of a city already stricken by poverty. For Haitian women, this is proving even more difficult because of their additional family responsibilities.
The UN, the Haitian Government, non-governmental organisations and local women's organizations are jointly working to respond to the urgent and long-term protection needs of women.
GENEVA (5 March 2010) - The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities announced Friday the creation of a working group to follow up on the situation of the disabled in Haiti, who have been disproportionally affected by the earthquake that hit the country in January.
Last month, the group of human rights experts called on the authorities to ensure that persons with disabilities fully participate in the decision-making process for the country's recovery and reconstruction, and that sustained efforts be centred on the long-term development needs of disabled persons in …
This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees are jointly urging countries to suspend all involuntary …
The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities expresses its deepest sympathy and solidarity to the Government and people of Haiti affected by the devastating earthquake of 12 January 2010. The Committee also extends its condolences to the families of United Nations staff as well as all unknown and known persons with disabilities who perished in the earthquake.
The earthquake which hit one of the poorest countries in the world has caused tremendous hardship, injury and loss of life among the general population.
GENEVA (2 February 2010) - "There is an increased risk of unaccompanied children in Haiti, including orphans and restaveks*, being abducted, enslaved, sold or trafficked, due to increased insecurity in the country," a group of UN human rights experts warned Friday**.
The experts, who are mandated by the Human Rights Council to monitor slavery, sale of children, trafficking and violence against children, stressed that "protection of children must be at the heart of the relief operation in Haiti."
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Committee on the …
"The support of the Human Rights Council to the Recovery Process in Haiti after the Earthquake of 12 January 2010: a Human Rights Approach"
Geneva, 27 January 2010
Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I want to thank the President and the Members of the Human Rights Council for convening this special session to consider the grave situation of Haiti in the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake that struck the country on 12 January 2010.
A special team from the United Nations Human Rights office and the UN Refugee office has arrived in Haiti as part of the UN efforts to help protect the quake-stricken population, especially the most vulnerable groups such as children separated from their parents and those at risk of sexual violence.
Since the devastating earthquake struck on 12 January, the United Nations and its partners have been working tirelessly to provide immediate assistance to the victims.
GENEVA (22 JANUARY 2010) - A joint OHCHR-UNHCR protection team is scheduled to arrive in Port-au-Prince today from the Dominican Republic.