Most development projects, at face value, are aimed at improving the lives of people. However, for those living on or near the proposed projects, the reality may be quite different. Families may be moved off their land and out of their homes often with little or no notice to make way for projects benefiting only a few. Forced evictions are a violation under international law.
Forced evictions are involuntary, and regularly do not uphold obligations to fully consult, fairly compensate or adequate resettle communities. Ultimately, development projects - whether a dam, shopping center or sports stadium - should not cause human rights abuses. Every community should be at the center of decision-making involving their homes and land.
And still 15 million people are forcibly evicted each year. WITNESS works to incorporate video advocacy into local and global campaigns for housing and land rights with international and local partners in Brazil, Cambodia, Egypt, India and Mexico.
NEW! In collaboration with Amnesty International, we are excited to announce the launch of the Forced Evictions Advocacy Toolkit, a multimedia resource for activists, social movements and communities fighting evictions. Learn more about the Toolkit on our blog.
Select a language below to download the Toolkit for free, or contact us to request additional languages or a DVD version.