Document - Nigeria: Further information: Thousands forcibly evicted in Port Harcourt

URGENT ACTION

Further information on UA: 184/12 Index: AFR 44/040/2012 Nigeria Date: 17 August 2012

URGENT ACTION

THOUSANDS FORCIBLY EVICTED IN PORT HARCOURT

An estimated 10,000 to 20,000 people have been forcibly evicted from their homes in Abonnema Wharf waterfront in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt.

The Rivers State government demolished Abonnema Wharf between 27 June and 2 July. Many people were forced to sleep outside on the street or in cars, or shelter in nearby churches. Many residents did not know their homes would be demolished. Residents were not offered any alternative housing or even emergency shelter. The demolitions were carried out during rainy season when the weather conditions are bad and it is difficult for people to move around to find shelter.

Amnesty International and Nigerian civil society organisations met with the commissioner of urban development in July 2012 to condemn the demolitions and call for a stop to all upcoming demolitions.

Thousands of people have been left homeless and in need of emergency support. Amnesty International will continue to campaign on their behalf through other means.

No further action is requested from the UA network. Many thanks to all who sent appeals.

This is the second update of UA 184/12. Further information: www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AFR44/035/2012/en

Name: Port Harcourt Waterfront Residents

Gender m/f: both

Further information on UA: 184/12 Index: AFR 44/040/2012 Issue Date: 17 August 2012

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