Christchurch group to appeal to United Nations

8:05 pm on 11 June 2012

Christchurch residents angry with the way the Government is handling the buy-out of red zoned homes are taking their case to the United Nations.

The Wider Earthquake Communities Action Network (WeCan) believes the Government offer breaches human rights and the UN Human Rights Council needs to intervene.

Group spokesperson Brent Cairns says the Government is effectively evicting residents who choose to stay in their homes within red zones by threatening to stop basic services in those areas if it isn't practical or affordable.

Mr Cairns says the group has made complaints at a local and national level but has been ignored.

He says class action is also being considered against the Earthquake Recovery Authority and the way zoning decisions have been made.

Under the Government's offer, insured property owners can either sell both their house and land to the Government at the 2007 valuation or sell the land only and claim through private insurance for their house.

The Human Rights Commission says it has received 87 earthquake-related complaints and inquiries from Cantabrians in the aftermath of the region's tremors.

It says the main issues include the zoning of quake damaged housing, disability access and the shortage of rental properties.

The commission says it can't comment on the details of the group's complaints to the UN.