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Involuntary Resettlement of a Slum Community in Mumbai - A Human Rights Perspective

This study, using the International Covenant for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as a framework, analyses the impact of resettlement on a slum community and has been an attempt to capture the nuances of the social experience of resettlement and its consequences. It intended at documenting people’s experiences of the process of resettlement – the experience of shifting, experiences both individual and collective of life in the resettlement colony. The whole process was looked at from a human rights perspective, using the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as a framework to analyse the findings. The covenant describes several entitlements which together allow a community to achieve a desirable quality of life. This study also attempts to develop guidelines for assessment of impact specifically pre-empting adverse consequences on health and education and suggesting measures to prevent adverse consequences.

Supported by: Swissaid, Pune
Research Team: Qudsiya Contractor, Neha Madhiwalla, Padma Deosthali, Shakuntala Bhalerao, Zainab Kadri, Shabana Ansari and Deepti Jadhav