HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today urged the government to provide compensation for the loss borne by squatters when they were evicted from the Bagmati riverside settlement two months ago.
Following complaints at NHRC stating that demolition of riverside squatter settlement had violated the socio-economic rights of landless people, NHRC wrote a letter to the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Minister urging reimbursement for squatters after evaluating the loss. However, government is yet to release details of actual loss.
NHRC also sought alternative housing arrangements for affected people before evacuation takes place. It had urged the government to act to guarantee people’s rights and provide alternatives to landless people left in the lurch after demolition of their settlement.
On May 8, the government forcibly evicted residents of the settlement along the Bagmati River to make way for a planned urban development project.
The eviction had drawn the attention of many human rights agencies who urged the government to take immediate action to stop the forcible evictions of landless squatters along the Bagmati River.