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Zero evictions in Nigeria

Appeal to International Solidarity Action

To break the silence on the fate of millions of people and put pressure on international institutions to play the role they should, the Zero Evictions Nigeria Campaign addresses an appeal not only to the Nigerian authorities, but also to UN-Habitat, the European Union, the Africa Union, the G8, the IMF and the WB.

Break the silence, stop the forced evictions and restore the right to housing in Nigeria!

We, inhabitants’ associations, international networks, voluntary groups, NGOs, public agencies, citizens of the world, express our indignation at and denounce the massive forced evictions of more than one million of people carried out from June 2008 and still in progress in Port Harcourt by the Government of Rivers State (Nigeria).

These evictions, carried out in brazen violations of national and international laws, are the consequence of the demolitions, mainly due to the implementation of the “city beautification” and to the “Silverbird Showtime” project, a private entertainment business.

In addition, the Nigeria Government is carryng out other massive evictions to implement the FCT Master Plan in Abuja and the privatisation of public housing real estate.

Therefore, we condemn these violations and appeal to:

The Government of Nigeria and the Government of Rivers State:

  • to immediately stop all the demolitions and evictions in Port Harcourt and everywhere
  • to cease forthwith any act or policy/legal measure that violates the full and progressive realisation of the right to adequate housing established by local and international laws or that jeopardises Nigeria’s attainment of Goal 7 Target 11 of the Millennium Development Goals or that goes against the Habitat Agenda commitment;
  • to provide immediate compensation and adequate alternative accommodation to all the inhabitants, including tenants, affected by the demolitions who have lost their accommodation and/or personal belongs in the process, and who have become homeless and/or jobless as a result thereof;
  • to institute an independent commission of inquiry to investigate the extent of the State Government’s involvement in the Silverbird project and the link between the project and the forced acquisition of peoples’ property in Port Harcourt, especially the forceful purchase of the entire Abonnema Wharf and Njemanze waterfront communities and their environs; and to undertake an assessment of the overall scope and extent of the ongoing demolitions and evictions in Port Harcourt and identify the underling factors behind the exercise.

The International Community (G8, States creditors, IMF, WB, and other financial institutions)

  • to block all investments in Nigeria if they violate international norms on rights, particularly if they implement projects that promote the large-scale evictions and displacements of families from their homes and communities without any procedural protection, as those concerning the Silverbird project in Port Harcourt and the FCT Master Plan and the privatisation of public housing real estate.
  • to permit the cancellation of foreign debt only if the freed resources are allocated to the development of housing and urban policies for the poor, in particular toward ‘People's Funds for Land and Housing’ controlled by all the interested parties, including the inhabitants associations and organised civil society, with clear mechanisms to guarantee transparency.

The United Nations, the African Union and the European Union to take immediate action:

  • to publicly condemn the evictions
  • to provide a forum where the Government of Nigeria and of the Rivers State and all the interested parts, including the recognised representatives of inhabitants’ associations, international networks, NGOs and public agencies, can agree with the interested communities on alternatives to the evictions and on the relocation of people already evicted.

To UN-Habitat:

  • to ensure respect for international norms protecting the right to housing by sending an urgent independent mission of the Advisory Group on Forced Evictions (AGFE) to help and act as mediators

First signatories of the Zero Evictions Campaing Nigeria:

National Union of Tenants of Nigeria

International Alliance of Inhabitants

Aye Aye Win, Dignity International

Ted Anana, Urban Poor Associates – Philippines

Habitat International Coalition (HIC)

Environnement Développement Action (ENDA)

Catherine Peyge, Mayor Bobigny, France

Osman El Kheir, Arc.Peace – Sudan

Esther Alvarez, CENCA – Peru

Tiffany Gardner, NESRI - United States

Vincenzo Simoni, Unione Inquilini - Italy

Clement Karine, Institute "Collective Action" - Russian Federation

Cristina Reynals, FEDEVI - Argentina

Fernando Ojeda, Red de Habitat – Argentina

Abu Rayhan Al-Beeroonee, Shelter for the Poor - Bangladesh

Marilina Marichal, CAES - Paraguay

Lucia Maria Moraes, Relatora Nacional do Direito Humano à Moradia Adequada e Terra Urbana – Brazil

Nelson Saule Junior, conselheiro do Conselho Nacional das Cidades – Brasil

Juan José Diez De Medina, Asociaciòn Boliviana de Cultura - Derechos Fundamentales ABC-DF - Bolivia

Annie Pourre, Ozel Derya, No Vox Network - France/Bangladesh

Jean-BaptisteEyraud , Droit Au Logement – France

Eddy van Sevenant, Amnesty International - Belgium

Yves Cabannes, Chair of Development Planning Development Planning Unit, University College - UK

Promoting Committee

  • Vincenzo Simoni, Unione Inquilini - Italy
  • Luigi De Magistris, - Italy
  • Julienne Travers, - Italy
  • xavier caballero, - Spain
  • encarna gazquez , difs.ddhh - Spain
  • Luisella B, - Italy
  • antonio revelli, - Italy
  • Irene Capelli, - Italy
  • Francesco Passerini, - Italy
  • Dr Giovanni Rossetti, - - Switzerland
  • Fernando Sabate, - Spain
  • Miriam Cardenas, - Mexico
  • nicola fasolino, - Italy
  • Nuova Civiltà, Associazione musicale - Italy
  • Patrizia Farronato, - Italy
  • Gennaro Varriale, - Italy
  • Osman El Kheir, Arc.Peace - Sudan
  • Marco Antonio Moreno Gaytán, Sociedad Ecologista Hidalguense A. C. - Mexico
  • JOAQUIN MARTINEZ SANCHEZ, - Spain
  • Esther Alvarez, CENCA - Peru
  • Martin Bauer, - Germany
  • Roberto Perin, - Japan
  • Yves JARDIN, - France
  • Elsa Antoniades, c/o IMF - Switzerland
  • Oscar Revilla Alguacil, - Spain
  • Melissa Kinnear, - United Kingdom
  • claudio figini, - Italy
  • luciana cordoni, - Italy
  • Regas Rosa, - Spain
  • Ted Anana, Urban Poor Associates - Philippines
  • Massimo Pasquini, Unione Inquilini - Italy
  • stefano poli, - Italy
  • Paolo Motta, - Italy
  • Kerstin Oschmann, - Italy
  • Sandra Cangemi, Comitato Inquilini Molise Calvairate - Italy
  • van Sevenant Eddy, Amnesty Int. - Belgium
  • Anna Kober, - Germany
  • mariella romanelli, - Italy
  • Cristina Reynals, FEDEVI - Argentina
  • fernando Ojeda, Red de Habitat - Argentina
  • carlos Armando, FEDEVI - Argentina
  • Juan Carlos Orús Orcastegui, - Spain
  • giampiero silvestrini, - Italy
  • Michele Storti, - Italy
  • Tiffany Gardner, NESRI, USA - United States
  • santiago echave, - Spain
  • Barbier Jacques, DAL 57 - France
  • Marilina Marichal, CAES - Paraguay
  • Lucia Maria Moraes Lucia Moraes, - Brazil
  • MAITE GUTIERREZ VALLE, - Spain
  • Javier Martin, - Spain
  • Laura Bernardi, - Italy
  • maurizio iorio, - Italy
  • Aye Aye Win, Dignity International - France
  • Carlos Escalante, Cenca - Peru
  • Alessandro Guido, - Italy
  • alessandro barbato, amnesty international - Italy
  • CLEMENT Karine, Institute "Collective Action" - Russian Federation
  • Dissard Céline, IAI - Italy
  • massimo pasquini, unione inquilini, italy - Italy
  • Abu Rayhan Al-Beeroonee Al-Beeroonee, Shelter for the Poor - Bangladesh
  • Juan José Diez De Medina, Asociaciòn Boliviana de Cultura - Derechos Fundamentales ABC-DF - Bolivia
  • gabriele francescotto, opencontent - Italy
  • Pourre Annie, No Vox Network - France
  • Ozel Derya, No Vox network - Bangladesh
  • Eyraud Jean-Baptiste, Droit Au Logement - France
  • Eugène Benoît, No Vox Network - Belgium
  • Caesar Enwefah, National Union of Tenants of Nigeria - Nigeria

Signatories (435)

  • BINTOU IBRAHIMA DATT, LAAWOL DIAM LA VOIE DE LA PAIX - France
  • Adrianus Silone, amnesty international - Sweden
  • sepideh hajisoltani, ucl - United Kingdom
  • Jana Neuhaus, - Germany
  • Jana Neuhaus, - Germany
  • Jana Neuhaus, - Germany
  • Jana Neuhaus, - Germany
  • Jana Neuhaus, - Germany
  • Jana Neuhaus, - Germany
  • HORACIO GARCÍA FERNÁNDEZ, SOCIEDAD MEXICANA PARA LA DIVULGACIÓN DE LA CIENCIA Y LA TÉCNICA, S.C. (SOMEDICYT ) - Mexico
  • Horacio García Fernández, Sociedad Mexicana para la Divulgación de la Ciencia y la Técnica, S.C. ( SOMEDICYT ) - Mexico
  • Legborsi Nwiabu, Institute for Community Policing - Nigeria
  • Nadia Garzon, - Spain
  • Luana Barigazzi, - Italy
  • angelina lazzaretto, - Italy
  • angelina lazzaretto, - Italy
  • Jonathan Chua, Biola University - United States
  • Tomás Ezequiel Correa Rodríguez, Centro de Estudios del habitat y los Asentamientos Humanos - Panama
  • Silvia Guimaraes Yafai, Building and Social Housing Foundation - United Kingdom
  • Clement Carine, Soiuz koordinationykh sovietov Rossii - Russian Federation
  • Mike Davies, - Zimbabwe
  • CRISTINA ALMAZAN, UCISV-VER - Mexico
  • Michele Citoni, - Italy
  • andrea taccioli, - Italy
  • ERNESTO DOMINGO PAEZ, ONG-MO.DE.VI.FA. (Movimiento en Defensa de la Vivienda Familiar) MENDOZA - ARGENTINA - Argentina
  • CARLOS ORTIZ ARIAS, GESTION SOCIAL DEL HABITAT - Mexico
  • Maura Benegiamo, - Italy
  • conjard marie, - France
  • Muhammad Hilaluddin Hilal, Angikar Bangladesh Foundation - Bangladesh
  • VIALE Frédéric, - France
  • Arianna Marcolin, - Italy
  • roberto balbo, - Italy
  • Luana Barigazzi, - Italy
  • Ted Anana, Urban Poor Associates - Philippines
  • Veronica Marinho, - Brazil
  • maria teresa ingrasci', - Italy
  • Giulia Leonardi, UPU - Italy
  • António Pereira, - Portugal
  • Chrysi Papaioannou, - United Kingdom
  • Philipp Klaus, INURA - Switzerland
  • Anna Paola Coppini, - Italy
  • Vincenzo Puggioni, - Italy
  • Socorro Martínez, Todo en Comunidad AC - Mexico
  • Duriau Jean, - France
  • Enza Longo, - Italy
  • Elena Lorente Pérez Lorente, - Spain
  • ALEXANDRE VELOZO ALEXANDRE, CÍRCULO DE ORGANZIAÇÃO POPULAR BELÉM/PARÁ-FILIADA Á UNIÃO NACIONAL POR MORADIA POPULAR - Brazil
  • Graziella Castellani, - Italy
  • Judit Jiménez, - Spain
  • Guendalina Lunardi, - Italy