Haiti urged to halt evictions

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti -

The aid group Oxfam is urging Haitian authorities to halt evictions from the encampments that still are home to more than 357 000 people nearly three years after a devastating earthquake.

The new report says that most of the removals are led by landowners eager to reclaim their land. Some landlords have resorted to threats, intimidation, stone throwing, setting fires and other violent acts. In some cases, city officials are behind the evictions.

There was no immediate response from the Haitian government.

The report comes as Haiti prepares to mark the third anniversary of the January 2010 earthquake. There were once up to 1.3 million people living in gloomy displaced-persons camps.

The report was released Monday. - Sapa-AP


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