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Forced evictions grew more violent, resulted in 21 deaths last year

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 January, 2013, 10:12am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 January, 2013, 4:13pm

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The Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch organisation has compiled figures based on reports from a range of sources of forced evictions and land expropriations throughout 2012.

Violence used in forced evictions remained widespread and grew more severe last year, the human rights group claims in a report released yesterday, and resulted in at least 21 deaths.

Evictions resulting in fatalities and the increased number of cases involving violence, the report says, were often carried out through the combined efforts of state authorities and hired muscle.

Cause of death in eviction-related fatalities, which predominantly involved those individuals being dispossessed, included stabbings, slashings, beatings, self-detonation, self-immolation, being crushed by demolition equipment, suicide and miscarriage.

According to the report, a number of injuries resulted from demolition carried out with inhabitants still inside their residence, often involving crumbling structures and fires ignited when fuel sources were ruptured.

No mention is made in the report of how 2012's numbers compare against the previous year, but the full list of forced eviction incidents tracked by the group can be found on its website here.

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