Three Eviction Drives Leave Thousands Homeless

What is affected
Housing Social/public
Type of violation Forced eviction
Date 01 March 2006
Region LAC [ Latin America/Caribbean ]
Country Costa Rica
Location Libertad II settlement, San Jose

Affected persons

Total 5000
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
most were Nicaraguan immigrants
Proposed solution
Forced eviction

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

Brief narrative Source: COHRE
During three eviction drives in March 2006, police and Special Forces evicted approximately 1 000 families from the informal settlement of Libertad II in San Jose (better known as "la Managuita"). Most affected people were Nicaraguan immigrants, many of them having lived in the area for 20 years. The Constitutional Court had ordered the eviction. Parts of the area were cleared to make way for a children’s park, others were allegedly unsafe to live in. The Municipality tried to find temporary shelter for the people left homeless, but they did not offer them any adequate alternative accommodation or compensation.

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