MC 340-10 - Women and girls residing in 22 Camps for internally displaced persons in Port-au-Prince, Haďti

On December 22, 2010, the IACHR granted precautionary measures for all the displaced women and children living in 22 camps for internally displaced persons in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in the wake of the January 10, 2010 earthquake. The request for precautionary measures alleges a pattern of sexual violence and a series of acts of violence against the women and girls residing in said camps. The Inter-American Commission called on the State to ensure the availability of adequate medical and mental health care for the victims of sexual violence located in accessible areas; to provide adequate security at the camps for internally displaced persons, including the lighting of public spaces, regular patrols within the camps as well as outlying areas, and to increase the presence of female police officers assigned to patrol details and local police precincts; to ensure that the law enforcement agencies tasked with responding to incidents of sexual violence receive the necessary training to respond appropriately to reported cases of sexual violence and provide the necessary security to the camps; to promote the establishment of special investigative police units within the Office of the Attorney General with a view to investigating rape cases and other crimes of sexual violence; and to ensure that grassroots women's groups fully participate in and have a steering role in the planning and implementation of policies and practices aimed at combating and preventing rape and other forms of sexual violence in the camps.