India: Authorities must resettle the families at risk of forced eviction in Gaffur Basti, Uttarakhand

Amnesty International is gravely concerned about the imminent threat of forced eviction faced by at least 4,500 families in Gaffur Basti located in Haldwani town of Uttarakhand state in India. The disputed area is inhabited by one of the most economically and socially vulnerable communities, mostly Muslims, in Uttarakhand state. The affected people maintain that they are the rightful owners of the land on which they live and have resided in the area for over four decades. Most of them are currently litigating before various courts to establish their ownership rights. The forced eviction will affect at least 50,000 persons.

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