Fwd: (Fwd) FW: invitation

A proposed 'Housing Rights Event'(in WSF-2004)!!!

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> From: [email protected]
> To: gita Dewan Verma <[email protected]>
> Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2004 16:31:08 +0530
> Subject: (Fwd) FW: invitation
>
> FYI
> ------- Forwarded message follows -------
>
> Dear friends,
>
>
>
> I wish to invite you to the housing rights
> events being organized by a
> network of dedicated activists from all over the
> country being held at
> the World Social Forum. We request your active
> cooperation and
> enthusiasm. We hope to and thereby catapult the
> issue of increasing
> homelessness and marginalization of the urban
> poor in terms of their
> shelter needs it to the profile of a national
> issue requiring immediate
> attention and action.
>
>
>
>
> WORLD SOCIAL FORUM
> PROPOSED PLAN OF ACTION
> HOUSING RIGHTS AND FORCED EVICTIONS in the URBAN
> CONTEXT
> 16TH TO 21ST OF January 2004
> MUMBAI
>
>
>
>
> Our reasons for participating at the WSF:
>
>
>
> The World Social Forum is a unique event that
> enables debate,
> discussion, networking and advocacy on a range
> of global issues, as
> well as giving local and national movements an
> international
> momentum. It has therefore been felt that
> housing rights groups
> working in various regions across the country
> and in various cities,
> addressing the issues of growing homelessness in
> the country, the
> unprecedented growth of slums and squatter
> settlements as a result of
> inadequate housing provisions for the urban
> poor, and the gross
> violation of human rights during forced
> evictions of urban poor in the
> name of urban development, should join hands to
> express their
> solidarity and utilize the WSF platform to
> strategize the future course
> of action in terms of a common agenda.
>
>
>
> The Organizers:
>
>
>
> Ø DELHI
>
> Name: Ratoola Kundu
>
> Organization: Human Rights Law Network
>
> Office Tel: 2431-9856
>
> E-mail: [email protected] /
> [email protected]
>
> <mailto:[email protected]/[email protected]...>
>
>
>
> Name: Dunu Roy/Leena
>
> Organization: Hazard Centre
>
> Office Tel: 26187806
>
> E-mail: [email protected]
>
>
>
> Ø MUMBAI
>
> Name: Mr.P.K.Das
>
> Organization: Nivara Hakk Suraksha Samiti
>
> Office Tel: 022-2430-8877
>
> E-mail: [email protected]
> <mailto:[email protected]...>
>
>
>
>
>
> Ø INDORE
>
> Name: Rajeev John
>
> Organization: National Forum For Housing Rights
>
> Office Tel: 731- 2788884
>
> E-mail: [email protected]
>
>
>
>
>
> Our Goals for the Forum:
>
>
> * To engage on a meaningful debate on the lack of
> pro-poor
> urban planning and development in India,
> especially housing.
> * To engage on a critical discussion with respect
> to the current
> process of city planning, mainly in terms of the
> lack of
> regulations and monitoring mechanisms and
> violations of
> Master Plan provisions for the housing of urban
> poor.
> * To create a consensus on stopping forced
> evictions/urban
> displacement of the urban poor amongst leading
> housing rights
> groups across the country
> * To ensure that a national urban resettlement and
> rehabilitation
> land based policy is developed and incorporated
> within the
> city-planning framework to prevent gross
> violation of human
> rights during forced evictions.
> * To work towards a consortium or alliance to
> ensure adequate
> measures leading to the establishment of
> adequate housing as a
> constitutional right.
>
>
> Structure of the Housing Rights Event:
>
>
>
> As agreed by all during the last meeting, the
> thrust of the forum should
> be towards generating strategies and
> strengthening alliances while
> learning from local, national and international
> experiences on housing
> crisis in urban areas may be solved. Therefore
> the structure of our
> events emphasize maximization of interactive
> sessions to forge
> stronger ties amongst ourselves and also to
> bring to the notice of the
> international community the current spate of
> forced eviction in the
> country and lack of housing for the urban poor.
>
>
>
> Day 1:
>
>
>
> The event will be flagged off with a Rally, in
> which all the housing
> rights groups will come together and voice their
> solidarity at the venue
> itself (from 5 to 7.30 pm) The rally will exhort
> like-minded groups,
> locally and internationally to join them in this
> solidarity march. As
> discussed at the meeting, the rally will
> culminate with a
> demonstration against anti urban poor judgments
> made by the
> Courts by the burning of such biased judgments.
> It will also involve
> the public declaration of our 5-point agenda. It
> will also try to
> involve the Brazilian Slum Dwellers band who
> will be performing for
> the opening session. We are hoping that Madam
> Shabana Azmi, who
> has been actively advocating the shelter needs
> of the Bombay slum
> dwellers and Mr V.P. Singh who has also been
> involved in the issues
> of slum dwellers will be addressing the rally.
>
>
>
>
>
> DAY 2 :
>
>
> * One Seminar on the topic ?Urban Development and
> Adequate Housing For The Urban Poor?. We propose
> to
> hold it on the 18th morning, 9 am to 12 pm slot.
> § This session will be divided in 2 slots.
> § Each slot will have 3 speakers who will get 10
> to 15 minutes
> each for presentation of a well-structured
> paper.
> § Each presentation will be followed by 10 to 15
> minutes of
> discussion.
>
> § The first slot will concentrate on city
> planning and how it
> addresses the housing needs of the urban poor.
> It will feature two
> speakers from India and the two from abroad.
>
> § The second slot will focus on strategies to
> promote adequate
> housing for urban poor. It will feature three
> speakers from India and
> one speaker from abroad. Mr. Scott Leckie of
> COHRE has agreed to
> be the international resource person.
>
>
> * We plan to follow this session with a poster
> making
> competition on housing rights at the Venue and a
> meeting
> of the Steering Committee members and
> international
> speakers in the afternoon to exchange notes and
> strategies.
>
>
>
>
> DAY 3 :
>
>
> * On the following day we plan to hold the Second
> seminar on
> ? Forced Evictions and the Law?. We propose to
> hold it o
> the 19th morning, 9 am to 12 pm slot.
>
> § It will have 7 speakers who will get 10
> minutes each for
> presentation of a well-structured paper.
> § Each presentation will be followed by 10 to 15
> minutes of
> discussion.
>
> § The first 5 speakers will concentrate on
> Forced Evictions and
> how it violates the housing rights of the urban
> poor. It will feature 5
> grassroots level slum leaders as speakers from
> India and abroad.
>
> § The next two speakers will focus on law and
> how it has
> viewed forced evictions and housing rights in
> India. It will feature
> one speaker from India and the UN Special
> Rapporteur on Housing
> Miloon Kothari.
>
>
> * This will be followed by a cultural program with
> the different
> grassroots groups performing skits, songs at the
> venue. It will
> also feature a slogan-making contest.
> Simultaneously,
> documentary films will be screened on anti
> evictions and
> housing crises in Asia.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Day 4 :
>
>
>
> 5. There will be a round table discussion, the
> following afternoon,
> from two to five, which will set down the
> 5-point agenda or Action
> Plan for housing rights in India. The discussion
> will clearly
> delineate the areas of focus for the housing
> rights movement as a
> whole in India and also on the specific issues
> taken up during the
> seminars. It may also release the publication of
> a compilation of the
> papers presented during the 2 seminars. The
> round table will also
> decide the long-term strategies to fight forced
> evictions in the country.
> Also it will put forward the point of
> deliberations and strategies to the
> HIC event on ?Right To City? thus carrying
> forward the strategies
> and course of action to the international arena.
> We are planning to ask
> a resource person from COHRE to be the moderator
> for this event.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> I also request all grassroots groups
> participating at the WSF to
> communicate our plan of action to other
> participants at the WSF
> and to mobilize support for this cause.
>
>
>
> I look forward to your cooperation and to the
> success of our
> event.
>
>
>
> Once again,
>
> Thanking you all for the tremendous cooperation,
>
> Ms. Ratoola Kundu
>
>
>
> ------ End of Forwarded Message
>
> ------- End of forwarded message -------
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> Down To Earth
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> New Delhi 110001
> India
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>
>
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> The goal ever recedes from us. The greater the
> progress the greater
> the
> recognition of our unworthiness. Satisfaction lies
> in the effort, not in the
> attainment. Full effort is full victory.
> M K Gandhi
>
>
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