Amnesty: Saudis’ Jeddah demolition plan violates human rights, discriminatory

22/6/2022 4:31:00 PM

Amnesty: Saudis’ Jeddah demolition plan violates human rights, discriminatory

Saudi, Jeddah Demolition

Amnesty: Saudi s’ Jeddah demolition plan violates human rights, discriminatory

RIYADH, June 22 —The ongoing demolition of dozens of neighbourhoods in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah to enable redevelopment is violating human rights standards through forced...

Wednesday, 22 Jun 2022 7:38 PM MYTRIYADH, June 22 —The ongoing demolition of dozens of neighbourhoods in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah to enable redevelopment is violating human rights standards through forced evictions and a lack of compensation for foreign residents, Amnesty International said.

The redevelopment plan is part of Vision 2030 launched by de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to modernise Saudi Arabia's economy and society, entailing rebuilding of old cities and erecting new ones from scratch.More than half a million Jeddah residents are impacted by the demolition of over 60 neighbourhoods under the project, which began last October and has continued intermittently, Amnesty International said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, 22 Jun 2022 7:38 PM MYT RIYADH, June 22 —The ongoing demolition of dozens of neighbourhoods in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah to enable redevelopment is violating human rights standards through forced evictions and a lack of compensation for foreign residents, Amnesty International said. The redevelopment plan is part of Vision 2030 launched by de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to modernise Saudi Arabia's economy and society, entailing rebuilding of old cities and erecting new ones from scratch. Trade minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan will visit Riyadh to begin discussions with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which is made up of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates as well as Saudi Arabia. More than half a million Jeddah residents are impacted by the demolition of over 60 neighbourhoods under the project, which began last October and has continued intermittently, Amnesty International said in a statement issued on Wednesday. In a statement today, LFL director Zaid Malek said Saravanan’s statement was outrageous and disappointing as the minister had previously given a commitment to the government to address the issues of forced labour. Saudi authorities announced in January a package of services, including provision of free housing, for Saudi nationals"whose homes are being dismantled in the slums and undeveloped neighbourhoods" of Jeddah.1 billion (RM177 billion), of which £11 billion in trade was with Saudi Arabia. Amnesty said the value of compensation was being set only after demolitions of buildings, and that the plan excluded foreign nationals who account for up to 47% of the residents affected in Jeddah, a major Red Sea port and commercial centre. “We are determined to support not just one more (extension) but as many as are necessary at the government's request because that is what the people are asking for,” Christian Guevara, head of the president's New Ideas party, said on Monday.

It added official Saudi documents showed residents have been given a notice period ranging from 24 hours in one neighbourhood to between one and six weeks in other districts. It is the fourth set of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) talks that Britain has launched this year after India, Canada and Mexico, as London looks to replace continuity deals it struck before it left the European Union’s trading orbit with fresh post-Brexit agreements. “The undocumented migrants are largely victims of circumstances beyond their control; they are not deliberate offenders against our immigration laws. "A Jeddah Municipality document shows that project plans were finalized almost three years ago, yet the Saudi authorities failed to engage in a process of genuine consultation with residents, provide adequate notice and announce the amount of compensation and provide it to residents prior to the demolitions,” Diana Semaan, acting deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa, said in the statement. She called on Riyadh to offer compensation to all those affected without discrimination and ensure no one is left homeless after eviction. While the Gulf’s substantial oil and gas reserves will not be included in any deal, manufacturing and the supply chain for the sector would be up for negotiation. The Saudi government did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Amnesty's statement. Zaid said the gravity of deportation of undocumented migrants must not be overlooked as most of them have incurred great financial costs or taken out loans for the opportunity to work here. Semaan added:"Beneath the progressive, glitzy image that Saudi Arabia is trying to present to the world lie horrid stories of abuses and violations. However, some charities flagged concern that any deal would not come with requirements on human rights or gender equality. The government did not respond to a request for comment.

The world will not be fooled by sham fanfare." The kingdom, the world's No. “In Gulf countries, women face deep-rooted discrimination, while draconian curbs on free speech and bans on trade unions are common,” said Allan Hogarth, Amnesty International UK’s head of policy and government affairs. “Deporting them in swathes would create a vacuum in our labour force which would, in turn, necessitate us to bring in more migrant workers to replace them, thus creating the cycle of undocumented workers again. 1 oil exporter, has been pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into its economic transformation drive to open up the country and reduce its dependence on crude. The reforms have been accompanied by a raft of arrests of political rivals, businessmen, clerics and rights activists during Prince Mohammed's swift ascent, which critics have described as a power grab.” — Reuters Advertisement. The Saudi government rejects this, saying it is fighting corruption and protecting national security. Advertisement. There is no motivation or constitutional reason why the regime should continue to be extended,” Cristosal attorney Abraham Abrego said.

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