SLUM DWELLERS ACROSS AFRICA URGE GOVERNMENTS TO RESPECT HOUSING RIGHTS

Published: 
June 1, 2012

Thousands of slum dwellers including those under threat from forced eviction are taking part in a week of action across Africa supported by Amnesty International and partners. 
Activists in Chad, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt and Zimbabwe will call on their governments to stop forced evictions and make sure that people living in slums have equal access to water, education, health care and other essential services.

“Hundreds of thousands of people across the continent are left homeless each year by forced evictions. In most cases, these evictions are conducted with complete disregard for international law and even the most basic human rights standards,” said Erwin van der Borght, Amnesty International’s Director for Africa.

“African leaders must do more to end forced evictions and prioritize the needs of people living in poverty in their housing and land policies.”