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23 Jun 2022


Saudi Arabia: Demolitions and displacement of foreign residents for Vision 2030 project "discriminatory", says Amnesty International

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"Amnesty: Saudis' Jeddah demolition plan violates human rights, discriminatory" 22 Jun 2022

...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...

More than half a million Jeddah residents are impacted by the demolition of over 60 neighbourhoods under the project...

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.

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...

The Saudi government did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Amnesty's statement.