Amnesty: Dale Farm is a forced eviction on an unprecedented scale
Posted: 19 October 2011
Amnesty International said today, that Basildon Council was conducting a “forced eviction on an unprecedented scale” at Dale Farm. Amnesty refuted attempts to portray the eviction as a “site clearance” and urged restraint from the police and bailiffs.
Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK, said:
“Some commentators and politicians have portrayed the enforcement action by Basildon Council at Dale Farm as a site clearance, and not a forced eviction. This is misleading and inaccurate.
“What is in its early stages at Dale Farm is a forced eviction which will leave several families homeless. The families being evicted have been failed by the Council at every turn; in inadequate consultation, insufficient negotiation and in the woeful failure to offer culturally adequate alternative accommodation, to which they are entitled.
“The sad reality is that we are witnessing a forced eviction on an unprecedented scale in the UK. The eviction at Dale Farm is not necessary and represents a failure on the Council’s part to comply with international human rights standards on housing and evictions.
There has been a lack of genuine consultation consistent with international human rights standards on options for alternative culturally adequate housing for those affected. While some have been offered ‘bricks and mortar’ housing, many do not want this, and the Council has not offered alternative culturally adequate housing to all those residents facing eviction.