Justice for Muzaffarnagar & Shamli Riot Survivors

8 September marks the fourth anniversary of the communal violence in Muzaffarnagar & Shamli districts in Uttar Pradesh.

In less than 3 days, over 60 people were killed in the clashes, and tens of thousands of Muslim families from about 140 villages were forced to flee their homes and take shelter in relief camps.

‘Muavza’, documentary on the survivors of the Muzaffarnagar & Shamli riots

In 2016-2017, Amnesty International India and Afkar India Foundation met nearly 200 families from the two districts. Even as they wait for the compensation promised to them by the UP government a month after the riots in October 2013, they continue to live in resettlement colonies that lack basic facilities. These colonies often do not have access to safe drinking water, electricity connections or toilets.

Four years later, the survivors of the riots are still trying to rebuild their lives.

Read the briefing on the status of Muzaffarngar and Shamli riot survivors

In an effort to #EndTheWait Amnesty International India has launched a public petition demanding compensation and rehabilitation for the survivors.

You can take action here.

Amnesty International India urges the government of Uttar Pradesh to:

  • Establish an independent mechanism to reassess the damage caused to families during the Muzaffarnagar riots and provide full reparation, including compensation, rehabilitation and restitution.
  • Ensure that all families living in resettlement colonies receive aid without delay to provide for their immediate needs, including housing, food, water, and health care.
  • Conduct an audit of the conditions of the resettlement colonies, and take steps to ensure the rights of all those displaced by the Muzaffarnagar riots to adequate housing, water, sanitation, healthcare, and other rights, in consultation with them.

Amnesty International India urges the Government of India to:

  • .Establish a comprehensive national policy on internal displacement in line with international human rights standards, which provides for gathering information about the causes and patterns of displacement, and setting up mechanisms to prevent displacement, respond to immediate needs, and enable durable solutions, in consultation with displaced persons.
  • Enact a robust law to prevent and respond to communal violence, which incorporates international human rights principles of relief, return, and resettlement.

Click here to view full report

Read our press release here