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1 October 2010

World Habitat Day: One billion slum dwellers cannot be ignored

World Habitat Day: One billion slum dwellers cannot be ignored

Governments cannot celebrate the UN World Habitat Day on 4 October while ignoring one billion people living in slums, Amnesty International said today.

“A couple of weeks ago in New York, governments promised to help 100 million living in slums. The problem is that more than a billion people live in slums. They don’t have water, schools, sanitation, or health care,” said Widney Brown, Senior Director of International Law and Policy at Amnesty International.

Mass forced evictions of people living in slums are being carried out around the world, with Roma communities evicted across Europe, slum dwellers in Delhi forcibly evicted to make way for the Commonwealth games and more than 200,000 people facing eviction in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

The recent Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Summit failed to call on governments to stop forced evictions, despite evidence that such evictions drive people further into poverty and undermine all the MDGs. It instead asked governments to ‘reduce slum populations’, raising fears that this could encourage more forced evictions.

“From France to Zimbabwe to Cambodia, we have documented how governments are destroying homes of some of the poorest people in their countries. Those whose homes are destroyed are failed by the law, they get no compensation and no place to live,”said Widney Brown.

“It is time for World leaders to move beyond the rhetoric we heard in New York and take urgent action to protect the rights of people living in slums.”

Read More

Up to 20,000 at risk of forced eviction in Zimbabwe (News, 30 September 2010)
Egypt urged to protect slum-dwellers after rockslide official acquitted (News, 22 September 2010)
France must withdraw order targeting Roma for eviction (News, 13 September 2010)
Nairobi settlement residents tell of forced eviction misery (News, 15 July 2010)
Fear of attack leaves Kenyan women prisoners in their homes (News, 7 July 2010)

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