Demand proper housing for the landless people in Nepal whose homes were destroyed in the 2015 earthquakes
In 2015, Nepal was devastated by two massive earthquakes. The earthquakes fully destroyed just over 600,000 houses and partially destroyed more than 250,000. Hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors are still living in temporary shelters made primarily of tarpaulin and zinc sheets.
The worst affected include poor people who do not own land, as right now they don’t qualify for assistance from the government to reconstruct their houses.
The Nepal government launched a programme in 2016, giving out cash grants to help people build earthquake resistant homes. But people who don’t own any land can’t claim these vital grants, simply because they do not have land ownership documents.
Up to 25% of Nepal’s population is estimated to be landless or near-landless. Women, Indigenous communities, Dalits and other caste-based and ethnic minorities are disproportionally affected. For these people, the only way to get a cash grant for rebuilding their homes is to get permission from landowners, or validation by government officials and neighbours that their house once existed and was destroyed. But this process is not being implemented properly, leaving many without any cash assistance from the government.
Everyone who lost their home in the earthquake needs and has the right to proper housing, regardless of who owns the land.
Act now and demand adequate proper housing for the landless people in Nepal whose homes were destroyed in the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal by signing this petition, which we will hand into the Prime Minister of Nepal.
To Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, Nepal:
I wish to express my concern about the lack of protection for disadvantaged groups in the private ownership reconstruction model.
I call on you, the Prime Minister of Nepal to ensure the right to adequate housing for all affected earthquake victims, giving due priority to the most disadvantaged