Stop evictions in the name of World Cup football

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While FIFA under-17 world cup makes its way to India, the poor around the Vivekananda Yuva-Bharati Krirangan at Kolkata, West Bengal - where a total of 10 matches will be played, including the Final between 8 and 28 of October 2017 – make their way out to accommodate this spectacle.

A huge number of street vendors and hawkers, temporary hutment dwellers and other marginal wage-earners are evicted to "beautify" a vast area around the said stadium. A ruthless demolition of informal settlements and street vendors in the city is being carried out without rehabilitation leading to the extensive displacement of individuals and communities from their homes and habitats. These operations are being conducted by the government through two local municipal bodies namely, Kolkata municipal corporations and Bidhannagar municipal corporations.

The poor and the marginalised of the area are left homeless and destitute, without means of earning livelihood. Since there is no resettlement, people are forced to spend nights under open skies. Consequently it's associated with physical and psychological injuries to those affected with specific impacts on women, children, persons already living in extreme poverty, indigenous peoples, religious minorities and other disadvantaged groups. The number of people getting evicted has already risen up to 100,000, amongst majorities are slum dwellers and street vendors. These expulsions clearly constitute gross human rights violations with dramatically increased rate of magnitudes.

Sign this pledge to demand the government of West Bengal to stop all evictions on the pretext of “beautification” for the FIFA U-17 world cup football.

FIFA claims to adhere to all UN Human Rights Conventions. Even its own Human Rights Policy says “While recognising that land acquisition is primarily the responsibility of the government hosting the respective competition or of the respective member association responsible for the project, FIFA expects and promotes the respect of international human rights standards where land acquisition involves expropriations and in particular where people are resettled in the process." However, the organisation chose to be silent on this large scale displacement.

Sign the pledge to tell FIFA that it must respect its own commitments.

This eviction is also a violation of Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014 passed in the Indian parliament to protect the livelihood of millions of street vendors and hawkers across the country and various international conventions like CEDAW, ECOSEC, etc. which clearly rules out any eviction.

Sign this pledge to demand proper rehabilitation for all those who are already evicted.



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