!LONG LIVE NAIROBI ALIVE!
APPEAL FOR THE HOUSING RIGHT
AND AGAINST THE NAIROBI DEMOLITIONS AND EVICTIONS
We denounce to the international community that the Kenya Government
has decided to enforce the demolition of dozen of thousand of
structures (shacks, schools, churches, community centers, clinics,
shops, etc.) in few days time and with no proper notice, thus
causing the forced eviction of over 354.000 people from Kibera,
Korogocho, Kahawa Soweto, Kamae, Kware, Kamwanya, Kanguku, Kandutu,
City Cotton, Mutumba, Kareru, Kirigu, Muria-Mbogo, Mutego, Njiku and
others of the most populated among the 168 Nairobi slums. Other
evictions are also expected to happen in the whole country.
Demolitions have already started and are going to affect:
We denounce that until now, the Kenya Government has neither
offered any alternative nor compensation to these people, the
poorest among all the city dwellers, who precariously make a living
in the informal sector and through small business.
We remind all that doing so, the Kenya Government badly violates the
legal obligations stated by the International Convention on Economic,
Social and Cultural Rights (art. 2, 7, 11, 12, 13 e 15) signed by
Kenya on 3rd January 1976, as well as the Habitat Agenda
and the Agenda 21, which provide for the obligation to find
alternative solutions when evictions are unavoidable.
Thus, we join the international solidarity appeals launched by the
Urban Parish Network in the Informal
Settlements, the International Alliance of Inhabitants, the COHRE
and others, so to give back hope to the poorest of the poor.
Send now your message to
To the Kenya Government and the Nairobi Mayor
- To comply with the obligations stated by the International
Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
- To immediately end all demolitions and forced evictions.
- To open a real debate with all concerned communities in order to
find acceptable solutions on limiting evictions to the most,
reaching an agreement on possible relocations, granting suitable
compensations to the evicted.
- To develop a new public housing and urban policy starting from
the protection of the housing right of all (housing security,
planning, urban renovation, sanitation).
- To appoint a coordinated and impartial body to be responsible
for orderly and peaceful evictions.
- To appoint an inter-ministerial consultative group to coordinate
all plans related to evictions and demolitions that will take place
in the informal settlements.
- To provide immediate assistance to all those already evicted.
To the European Commission, Governments and European Bank of
- To discontinue any funding to Kenya meant to build
infrastructures related to forced demolitions and evictions, if
conditions earlier stated are not respected.
- To take immediate action in order to persuade the Kenya
Government to accept proposals meant to reach suitable solutions for
the protection of the housing right of all.
Abbé Pierre (France), Alex Zanotelli (Combonians Missionaries,
Italy), Cesare Ottolini (Coordinator International Alliance of
Inhabitants, International), Cristina Almazan (UCISV-Ver, México), Don
Alessandro Sartore (Comunità di Base delle Piagge, Florence, Italy),
Giovani Impegno Missionario (Italy), Guillermo Rodriguez Curiel (Frente
Continental Organizaciones Comunales, México), Jean-Baptiste Eyraud
(Speaker DAL, France), Mons. Luigi Bettazzi (Bishop of Ivrea, Italy),
No-Vox (International, Mons. Luigi Bettazzi (Vescovo Emerito di Ivrea,
Italy), Renzo Fior (President Emmaus International), Vincenzo Simoni (General
Secretary Unione Inquilini, Italy), Yves Cabannes (UN Advisory Group
on Forced Evictions, Ecuador).
African Network for the Prevention and Protection of Child Abuse
and Neglect (ANPPCAN), Basic Rights Campaign,
Carolina for Kibera, Intermediate Technology Development Group
(ITDG), Kenya Human Rights Commission, Kituo Cha
Sheria, Kutoka Network of Parishes in the Informal Settlements
(Christ the King - Line Saba, Sacred Heart ? Dagoretti, Christ the
King ? Embakasi, St. John?s ? Korogocho, Consolata Shrine ? Westlands,
St. Joseph - Kahawa West, Holy Cross ? Dandora, St. Joseph and Mary -
Shauri Moyo, Holy Mary Mother of God ? Githurai, St. Joseph the Worker
? Kangemi, Holy Trinity ? Kariobangi, St. Mary?s - Mukuru kwa Njenga -
Our Lady of Guadalupe - Adams Arcade, St. Theresa?s - Eastleigh/Mathare
Valley), Maji na Ufanisi, Pamoja Trust,
Shelter Forum, Concern Wo