Govt continues to fail marginialised quake survivors: Amnesty International

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Apr 24, 2017-

The government of Nepal has breached the constitution and international human rights law as it failed the marginalised earthquake survivors even two years after the Gorkha Earthquake shook the nation on April 25, 2015, Amnesty International said in its news report on Monday.

The news report points out the miseries of quake survivors who are forced to languish in temporary shelters made of zinc sheets and tarpaulin through two monsoons and winters due to delay in the reconstruction efforts.

“To receive a government rebuilding grant, an earthquake survivor must provide land ownership documents. Unable to prove they own the land on which they were living when the earthquake struck, or have their landlords formally acknowledge their residence, they have been denied reconstruction support to rebuild their homes,” read the report.

The report, “Building Inequality”: The Failure of the Nepali government to Protect the Marginalised in Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Efforts, is based on more than a year’s research and two extensive field visits to Dolakha district, one of the worst earthquake-affected areas.

“The Nepali government’s reconstruction efforts have failed the earthquake’s most disadvantaged survivors. Ignoring the historical informal relationships that these communities have with land in Nepal, the government has reinforced their marginalisation through a reconstruction programme that denies landless people their right to adequate housing,” said Aura Freeman, Amnesty International’s Campaigner on Nepal.


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Published: 24-04-2017 20:44

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