Zimbabwe evictions of urban poor decried; Methodist deported

Pastors call on government to end crackdown
Religious and human rights groups, along with a top UN official, are calling on the Zimbabwe government to end its campaign of evicting the urban poor and destroying their shacks and market stalls.

An estimated 200,000 people have lost their homes and another 30,000 have been arrested or detained since the government began its “cleanup” May 19, according to Miloon Kothari, a UN expert on housing.

“This kind of mass eviction drive is a classic case where the intention appears to be that Harare become a city for the rich, for the middle class, for those that were well off . . . and the poor are pushed away,” Kothari told a June 3 news conference in Geneva.

“We have a very grave crisis on our hands,” he said. “It is quite clearly a gross violation” of human rights.


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