States of Exception

Haiti’s Internally Displaced Person camps are … “states of exception” that risk becoming permanent fixtures in the post-earthquake urban landscape in and around Port-au-Prince. While Haitian law applies as a matter of course to IDP residents who remain Haitian citizens, in practice, the “rights” of these individuals do not have the full backing of the law but depend on the goodwill of the organization or person in charge—often with the support of the Haitian National Police, privately hired gunmen, and the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

Valerie Kaussen, “States of Exception: Haiti’s IDP Camps,” The Monthly Review (February 2011)

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