Today is World Habitat Day, which takes place on the first Monday of October every year. The United Nations is promoting it as a day to “reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all to adequate shelter.”
As part of celebrating World Habitat day, Amnesty International is asking governments of the following African countries to put an end to forced evictions against thousands of people: Angola, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.
The forced evictions can be very catastrophic towards those who are being displaced. There have been reports of officials using “excessive force” and “sometimes firearms” when carrying out the evictions leaving many people with no access to “clean water, food, sanitation, work, health and education.”
The leaders of Angola, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria and Zimbabwe all have a responsibility to protecting the rights of their citizens. They can all make it a happy habitat day by halting these forced evictions immediately.