Minority Rights Group International (MRG) has backed the case against a compulsory purchase order for the redevelopment of a market, saying that it is vital to the culture of London’s Latin American community and should not go ahead.
The owners of stalls in the Seven Sisters Indoor Market in Tottenham have been battling with Haringey Council and developer Grainger for over a decade. The council and the Grainger want to demolish the market and build a modern shopping centre and apartments. The market area currently includes about 35 Latin American food, cafe and retail stalls, some established three decades ago.
Lucy Claridge, MRG’s Legal Director, and Alexandra Xanthaki, Professor of Law at Brunel University London, said Haringey Council’s compulsory purchse order should not go ahead and that :
“It will disproportionately impact the Latin American traders without the provision of measures that will adequately protect the rights of the London Latin American community.
“This is inconsistent with the UK’s obligations towards minorities; in particular the requirements to take measures to provide additional protections in order to protect their minority rights, especially the right to enjoy culture freely.”