Amnesty condemns forced evictions in central Istanbul

By REUTERS
July 18, 2011 19:59




ISTANBUL - City authorities in Istanbul have threatened dozens of families with eviction and some have already been forced from their homes, in a crumbling but historic neighborhood earmarked for redevelopment, Amnesty International said on Monday.

The rights group urged Beyoglu municipality to suspend the 'heavy-handed' clearing of the area and not proceed until residents had been given proper notice and offered viable alternative housing or compensation.

"Most of those facing eviction have not been given adequate notice. They have not been consulted, provided with legal remedies, or offered adequate alternative housing or compensation," said Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International's researcher on Turkey.

"This is a violation of their human rights. There must also be an investigation into the allegations of harassment by public officials." he added.


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