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"Look for another homeland" : forced evictions in Egypt's Rafah.

Author: Human Rights Watch (Organization),
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Human Rights Watch, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : International government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In October 2014, the Egyptian government issued a decree to begin forcible evictions in the town of Rafah on the border with the Gaza Strip, five days after an insurgent group that later joined the Islamic State launched an unprecedented attack on a military position in North Sinai. Egypt justified the evictions as a way to defeat the insurgents by shutting down smuggling tunnels from Gaza, through which, they  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
"Look for another homeland".
[New York, NY] : Human Rights Watch, [2015]
(OCoLC)922045054
Material Type: Government publication, International government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Human Rights Watch (Organization),
ISBN: 9781623132767 1623132762
OCLC Number: 935299205
Notes: Cover title.
Description: 84 pages : color illustrations, maps (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: Summary --
Recommendations --
To the Egyptian Government --
To the United States --
To the United Nations --
Methodology --
I. Background --
Insurgency in the Sinai --
Border Area Defined As "Strategic Area of Military Importance" --
II. Demolitions in Rafah --
Demolitions After October 2014 Decree --
III. Violations During Evictions and Demolitions --
No Proper Consultations or Notifications --
Unfair Compensation and Coerced Concession of Property --
Lack of Temporary Housing and Inadequate Assistance --
No Compensation for Lost Income --
Interruption of Children's Education --
IV. Legal Framework --
Demolitions under International Humanitarian Law --
Eviction and Destruction of Homes under International Human Rights Law --
Acknowledgments.
Other Titles: Forced evictions in Egypt's Rafah

Abstract:

"In October 2014, the Egyptian government issued a decree to begin forcible evictions in the town of Rafah on the border with the Gaza Strip, five days after an insurgent group that later joined the Islamic State launched an unprecedented attack on a military position in North Sinai. Egypt justified the evictions as a way to defeat the insurgents by shutting down smuggling tunnels from Gaza, through which, they alleged, the insurgents received weapons and fighters. But a Human Rights Watch investigation based on interviews with evicted families and extensive satellite imagery shows that demolitions on the border began not in October 2014 but in July 2013, after the military removed former President Mohamed Morsy. Since then, the Egyptian military has forcibly evicted about 3,200 families, destroying as many buildings in the process, as well as hundreds of hectares of farmland. Families told Human Rights Watch the army warned them of the eviction only 48 hours or less in advance. The government's compensation has been inadequate, and the authorities gave evicted families no effective way to challenge their eviction or their compensation. The government provided no temporary housing. Since then, the government has provided little proof that the tunnels support the insurgency and has not explained why it could not have destroyed the tunnels using less destructive means. Human Rights Watch found that Egypt's actions violated international human rights law that protect civilians against forced evictions"--Page 4 of cover.

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