End forced evictions
People living in slums experience a staggering number of human rights violations. They are routinely denied their right to adequate housing, safe water, sanitation and drainage, electricity, health and education, and face the constant threat of police, gang violence, and forced eviction.
A forced eviction is the removal of people against their will from the homes or land they occupy without legal protections and other safeguards.
Evictions may be carried out only as a last resort, once all other feasible alternatives have been explored and only after appropriate procedural and legal safeguards are in place.
- genuine consultation with the affected people
- prior adequate and reasonable notice
- adequate alternative housing and compensation for all losses
- safeguards on how evictions are carried out
- access to legal remedies and procedures, including access to legal aid where necessary
Governments are also required to ensure no one is rendered homeless or vulnerable to other human rights violations as a consequence of an eviction.
Forced evictions briefing This seven pages document highlights various aspects of our campaign on forced evictions such as forced evictions and the law, violence against women or issues related to rehabilitation. Download the briefing (PDF)
Find out more about our work on evictions around the globe:
- Cambodia - Eviction and resistance: Five women tell their stories (Nov 2011)
- Kenya - Fire shows need for protection for slum-dwellers (Sep 2011)
- Serbia - 'Home is more than a roof over your head': Roma denied adequate housing (Apr 2011)
- 'Just move them': Forced evictions in Port Harcourt, Nigeria
- Port Harcourt demolitions: Excessive use of force against demonstrators
- Risking rape to reach a toilet - Women's experiences in the slums of Nairobi
- Italy - 'Nomad plan' violates the housing rights of Roma in Rome
- Papua New Guinea - Undermining Rights: Forced evictions and police brutality around the Porgera gold mine
- Romania - Treated like waste: Roma homes destroyed and health at risk
- Kenya - The unseen majority: Nairobi's two million slum-dwellers
- Angola: Lives in ruins: forced evictions continue
- Evictions crisis deepens for Palestinian villagers