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Anti-Encroachment Drive in India Leaves Thousands Homeless Ahead of G-20 Summit

IndiaAnti-Encroachment Drive in India Leaves Thousands Homeless Ahead of G-20 Summit

New Delhi, India — Human rights activists and members of civil society in India have condemned a campaign of forced evictions and property demolitions that has intensified in the capital, New Delhi, and other cities hosting the G20 summit. The evictions have left thousands of people homeless.

 

The evictions have been carried out under the guise of “anti-encroachment” drives, but activists say that they are actually targeted at the poor and marginalized. In many cases, people have been given little or no warning before their homes are demolished, and they have been left with nowhere to go.

The evictions have been met with widespread condemnation from human rights groups. Amnesty International has called them a “blatant violation of human rights,” and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing has said that they are “a clear case of forced evictions.”

 

The Indian government has defended the evictions, saying that they are necessary to “clean up” the city and make it more presentable for the G20 summit. However, activists say that evictions are nothing more than a cynical attempt to displace the poor and make way for development projects that will benefit the wealthy.

The evictions are a reminder of the deep inequality that exists in India. The country has one of the world’s largest slums, and millions of people live in poverty. The G20 summit is a major event, but it is clear that the benefits of globalization are not being shared equally.

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“The evictions are a blatant violation of human rights,” said Aakar Patel, executive director of Amnesty International India. “The Indian government is using the G20 summit as an excuse to displace the poor and marginalized, and it is unacceptable.”

“The evictions are a clear case of forced evictions,” said Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing. “The Indian government must immediately stop the evictions and provide adequate compensation to those who have been displaced.”

 

The evictions are a serious human rights issue. The Indian government must stop the evictions and provide adequate compensation to those who have been displaced. The government must also address the root causes of poverty and inequality in India.

About the G20 summit

The G20 summit is a major international event that brings together the leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies. The summit is scheduled to be held in New Delhi, India, in September 2023.

The G20 summit is a forum for the leaders of the world’s largest economies to discuss global economic issues. The summit is also an opportunity for the leaders to build relationships and work together to address common challenges.

The G20 summit is a major event, but it is clear that the benefits of globalization are not being shared equally. The evictions in India are a reminder of the deep inequality that exists in the world.

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