United Nations experts express concern over Supreme Court order
United Nations human rights experts have called on the Indian government to end the mass evictions taking place at Khori Gaon in Faridabad, Haryana, which will make 100,000 people, including 20,000 children, homeless in the country. middle of the monsoon.
They pointed out how hard hit residents have already been by the COVID-19 pandemic and that the eviction order puts them at greater risk as the number includes 20,000 children and 5,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women.
In view of the fact that India is a member of the Human Rights Council, experts urged India to ensure that its policies are fully in line with international human rights standards governing resettlement, evictions and internal displacement, especially on government land.
The UN experts’ statement said that even though the settlements were in protected forest land, the forest was in fact destroyed decades ago by intensive mining.