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Amnesty launches global petition on local evictions

03 December 2013, 07:37Okoro Chinedu

Lagos – Human rights group, Amnesty International, will later this week launch a global appeal against the forced eviction of the Badia East Community, in Lagos State.

Juan Cortes, Amnesty International Press Office, said the case will feature in Amnesty International’s “Write for Rights” campaign, which will mobilize hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

From Friday to December 17, people from more than 80 countries all over the world will campaign on behalf of individuals and communities suffering human rights abuses.

Amnesty International expects more than 2 million letters, emails, tweets and text messages to be sent during the course of the campaign.

On February this year more than 2 000 families were made homeless after their shelters were demolished.

Lagos State government officials, supported by the police, evicted the residents of Badia East Community.

These were prevented from packing their belongings, losing everything they had, according to Amnesty International.

Police allegedly violated the rights of the evictees.

“The people evicted have not received any compensation or the offer of alternative housing. Those who remained in the area, living in makeshift shelters, have suffered intimidation and harassment by police officers. The organization calls on the authorities to end of all forced evictions in Lagos State and to provide compensation and alternative housing for those evicted,” said Cortes ahead of the global appeal.

Forced evictions are not a new phenomenon in Nigeria.

It is estimated that in the last five years, over 1.2 million people have been forcibly evicted from their homes in different parts of the country.

– CAJ News


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