Press & Public
Invitation


 


INDIAN PEOPLE’S TRIBUNAL ON
ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN RIGHTS


 


INVESTIGATES INTO THE LARGE SCALE EVICTIONS OF THE POOR AND
DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING POLICIES IN MUMBAI CITY


 


Public
Hearing On January 17, 2005,  At
2ndfloor Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh, V.T. Mumbai   Time: 9:30 A.M. – 5:30
P.M.


     


PANEL
MEMBERS

 


JUSTICE SURESH H.
RETD.


KENNETH FERNANDES  (Executive Director, Committee for Right
To Housing and Evictions – Geneva)


MILOON
KOTHARI         
   (UN Special
Rapporteur – Adequate Housing)


KALPANA
SHARMA             (Chief of Bureau – Hindu
Newspaper, Mumbai)


SALAM
BIN RAZZAK           
   (Urdu Writer And
Winner of This Year’s Sahitya Academy Awards-Urdu)


SANJEEVINI
KHER              
   (Journalist and
Writer)


RAHUL
BOSE                
   (Director and
Actor)
to
be
confirmed


The Indian People’s Tribunal on
Environment and Human Rights (IPT) was constituted by a people’s mandate in 1993
to investigate into gross human rights violations and cases of environmental
degradation. The IPT is particularly concerned about cases that affect the lives
and livelihood of a vast majority of urban and rural poor. Further details about
IPT can be obtained from the website: www.iptindia.org


The IPT
process endeavours to inquire into the exact nature of a problem, and provide a
true picture. The process provides a space for all the concerned parties to
present their views. An enquiry is conducted at the behest of a local
organisation followed by the constitution of a panel of eminent citizens to
investigate the issue. The panel conducts a thorough study into the background
of the case, followed by a site visit to the area and a public
hearing.


The
recent spate of demolitions in Mumbai has raised many questions about the
commitment of the government towards protecting the rights of the urban poor. It
is appalling that before the elections a number of promises were made towards
increasing the cut-off date for slum dwellers and immediately after elections
these promises were retracted. This has been one of the most widespread and
brutal demolitions in the city of Mumbai. The IPT is conducting a public hearing
on the recent spate of forced evictions in Mumbai. The depositions would include
a representation of people from the demolished slums, disabled people and Pardi
Tribes as well as from experts and government officials who will give an insight
into the situation viz a viz housing for the urban poor. 


 


The
Terms of Reference for this enquiry are:


1)      
To
investigate
into the human rights violations and the legality of the
evictions;


2)      
To
investigate into the government policies relating to housing for the
poor;


3)      
Look
into the national and international alternatives to urban planning that include
the poor and make recommendations on the basis of these. 


IPT will
be conducting a site visit to the area on January 16, 2005 followed by a public
hearing on January 17, 2005 from 9:30 to 5:30 at Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh,
VT, Mumbai. 


Local
Organising Committee:


 


Aapli
Mumbai, Apanalaya, Asha Ankur, Azad Mohalla Sangharsh Samiti, CEHAT, CRH, GKSS,
ICHRL, Jopdi Bachao Parishad, NAPM, Nirbhay Bano Andolan, PPPHSKS, Shehar Vikas
Manch, Stree Mukti Sanghtana, PATH, YUVA.


SCHEDULE FOR THE PUBLIC
HEARING, JANUARY 17, 2005






Morning
Session


INTRODUCTION
OPENING REMARKS




9:30
– 9:40



Overall
Impact of Evictions           
Namrata / Suresh- YUVA




9:40

1:00



Area-wise
depositions from 20 areas.


Summing
up by                    
Kalpana Gawade- Asha Ankur




1:00

1:15



Impact
of demolitions on children, women and livelihood


Study
presented by              
CEHAT & TISS




1:15
– 1:30



Comments
by the Panel




1:30

2:00



LUNCH




Afternoon
Session



2:00
– 2:15



Demolitions
are not a solution – G. Khairnar Ex-Deputy   Commissioner, Demolitions




2:15
– 2:30



Critique
of Vision 2000 – T. Chandrashekhar- Architect and Urban Planner/
Shekhar Krishnan, Researcher and Policy Analyst with
CRIT




2:30
– 3:00



Current
Status of Housing Policies – Amita Bhide, Researcher from TISS/
Chandrashekhar Prabhu – Former President MHADA and current member of
SRA




3:00
– 3:15



Experiences
of other countries of providing housing to the urban poor                    
Navtej K.B, Housing Rights
Activist




3:15

3:30



Urban
Planning Keeping the Poor in Mind – Rajeev George, Convenor, National
Forum for Housing Righ
ts




3:30
– 4:00



TEA
BREAK




Evening
Session



4:00
– 4:15



Protection
Granted by the Law to Slum Dwellers and Current Legal Trends  Maharukh Adenwala, Housing and
Child Rights Advocate




4:15
– 4:30



International
Instruments on Right to Adequate Housing    Miloon
Kothari




4:30
- 5:30



Comments
by the Panel and Press Conference


 


 


Secretariat:


 


Deepika
D’Souza


Dr.
Amita Bhide


Advocate
Shakil Ahmed


Priyanka
Josson


Advocate
D.Leena


Neera
Adarkar


 


Address
for Correspondence:


 


IPT
Secretariat


4th
Floor, CVOD Jain School


84
Samuel Street


Dongri,
Mumbai 400 009


Tel:
23439651/ 23436692


Email:
iptindia@vsnl.net


 


Queries can be addressed to
Priyanka: (0) 9892853588 or Deepika: (0) 9820039557.