HRCP condemns mass evictions
Karachi:The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has strongly condemned the mass evictions taking place under development plans executed without any consultation of citizens groups or those affected.
Evictions represent a serious human rights violation, that is, the right to shelter. “The CDGK’s evictions are being conducted in a thoughtless manner and in disregard of the international commitments that Pakistan has made,” said a statement released by the HRCP on Saturday.
They condemned the eviction of residents of Gahi Faqir Goth, Mehran Town and Korangi Industrial Area (without any prior notice) and the demolition of about 5,000 houses. Around 30,000 to 35,000 people became homeless on July 26 this year. Gahi Faqir Goth was established in 1981.
The HRCP also expressed concern at the violence inflicted on women and children during eviction and the arrest of more than 12 men, demanding their immediate release. The evictees have no place to go, said the statement. The HRCP also demanded immediate compensation for houses that have been destroyed and for all the damage that has been done to date.
Source: The News