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UN Response to Dale Farm Evictions

The UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) called last Friday for the government to stop the evictions at Dale Farm and to provide “a peaceful and appropriate solution, including identifying culturally appropriate accommodation, with full respect for the rights of the families involved”.

The Committee put pressure on the UK government to intervene to ensure that Basildon Council’s proposed evictions do not leave vulnerable people homeless or drive further discrimination against Travellers. Tim Hancock, Campaigns Director at Amnesty International UK, commented:Central and local authorities have a duty to comply with international human rights law and standards.

The planned eviction of the Irish Traveller families has now become an international issue that is putting the UK to shame”. Amnesty International is asking people to take action to help stop the eviction, at www.amnesty.org.uk/dalefarm

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