Offer Aid to Displaced Slum Inhabitants in India
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65 million people in India live in slums, and yet with development projects we have seen the continuous destruction of informal settlements in Delhi and other major cities. Slum evictions have targeted vulnerable populations in India including Muslims, Dalits and Adivasis. According to the Housing and Land Rights Network, one action of eviction in slums has taken place every five days in India since 2010.
Amnesty International stands against forced evictions, which are prohibited under international human rights law and standards. The UN Basic Principles and Guidelines on Development based evictions and displacement states that all persons threatened with or subject to forced evictions have the right to timely remedy which includes a fair hearing, access to legal counsel, legal aid, return, restitution, resettlement, rehabilitation and compensation.
Amnesty International believes that these evictions are a violation of human rights deserving of compensation and protection. Affected families should have access to a full range of remedies.
We call on Global Affairs Canada to reopen their assistance programs to internally displaced persons in India.
We demand that:
-Humanitarian assistance provided to the Asia Pacific Region for internally displaced persons (IDPs) become a standard and recurring assistance to the internally displaced victims of forced eviction, thereby publicly and firmly denouncing the Indian government’s practice of forced evictions of slums.
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