RIYADH: Amnesty International said that the continued displacement of foreign residents without adequate compensation and the destruction of several neighborhoods in Jeddah, a Saudi city on the Red Sea, violate human rights norms.
The redevelopment plan is a component of Vision 2030, an initiative by Saudi Arabia’s country’s official ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to improve the country’s economy and society.
It calls for the reconstruction of aging towns and the construction of brand-new ones.
Amnesty International said during a statement released on Wednesday that the project, which started last October and has continued sporadically, has had an impact on more than 500,000 Jeddah residents by razing over 60 neighborhoods.
A bundle of facilities, including free housing, was offered by Saudi officials in January for citizens of that country “whose dwellings are being demolished in the slums and underdeveloped neighborhoods” of Jeddah.
According to Amnesty International, the proposal excludes foreign nationals who make up to 47% of the affected population in Jeddah, a significant Red Sea port and economic hub, and the cost of compensation is only determined after building demolitions.