Thousands of Landless Squatters Evicted
|What is affected||
|Type of violation||
|Date||05 December 2009|
|Region||A [ Asia ]|
|- Number of homes||1500|
|- Total value €|
Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)
Nepal: Political tensions increase after thousands of landless squatters evicted|
Tension has remained high in the south-western Kailali district of Nepal, since clashes between government forces and thousands of landless squatters resisting their eviction from a forest left five people dead and more than 50 injured. The police reportedly opened fire on the estimated 5,000 squatters and burned down some 1,500 huts they had constructed.
The government has reportedly added reinforcements to the thousand policemen already deployed in the district, while the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has called an indefinite strike against the police action and the Maoist-affiliated All Nepal Squatters´ Association announced that it would encourage the squatters to remain in the area unless the government provides alternative land. Meanwhile the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called for calm and said it would investigate the allegations of excessive use of force by the security forces.
Source: http://www.internal-displacement.org/idmc/website/news.nsf/%28httpIDPNewsAlerts%29/9A45DE01C7242D76C12576880039F94D?OpenDocument (10 December 2009)