Letters of Concern

Letter of Concern to City of Halifax Regarding Clearing of Encampments

Letter of Concern to City of Halifax Regarding Clearing of Encampments

“In the early morning of the 18th August 2021, police and bylaw officers were called to the site of the Spring Garden Road library and Horseshoe Island Park and informed residents that they were required to leave their homes immediately or they would have their possessions confiscated and would be arrested.”

Statement on Encampments in Hamilton (ON) & Risk of Evictions

Statement on Encampments in Hamilton (ON) & Risk of Evictions

Note of concern to the City of Hamilton, after the City announced its intent to revoke its Bylaw Enforcement Protocol relating to homeless encampments, leaving hundreds of people at immediate risk of eviction.

Letter of Concern to Pemberstone Ltd regarding the proposed evictions and redevelopment at Sugar Hill Close and Wordsworth Drive Estate, Oulton, UK

Letter of Concern to Pemberstone Ltd regarding the proposed evictions and redevelopment at Sugar Hill Close and Wordsworth Drive Estate, Oulton, UK

Letter of Concern from The Shift regarding the proposed eviction of residents, and demolition and redevelopment of homes, at Sugar Hill Close and Wordsworth Drive, Oulton, Yorkshire, UK, by Pemberstone Ltd.

Pemberstone Ltd were provided with advanced sight of this letter to afford them with the opportunity to comment on these concerns prior to publication. No reply had been received at the time of publication but should one subsequently be it will be published on The Shift’s resources webpage.

Urgent Note – Criminal proceedings in Spain against three human rights defenders must be reconsidered

Urgent Note - Criminal proceedings in Spain against three human rights defenders must be reconsidered

The Shift is concerned that on 28 June 2021, a trial in La Ciudad de la Justicia de Barcelona will try Jaime Palomera, a tenants union leader in Sindicat de Llogateres Barcelona and two tenants for peacefully protesting violations of the tenants’ right to housing. We urge the Government of Spain to reconsider these charges and remind them that everyone has the right to promote and strive for the protection of fundamental human rights, including the right to housing, without retaliation or fear thereof. This is essential to building and maintaining strong, open, and democratic societies.

Nota Urgente – Criminalización de tres defensores de derechos humanos en la Ciudad de la Justicia de Barcelona

Nota Urgente - Criminalización de tres defensores de derechos humanos en la Ciudad de la Justicia de Barcelona

The Shift urge al Gobierno de España y a las autoridades competentes a que reconsideren el proceso penal de los Sres. Palomera, Alpha y Franc. Toda persona tiene derecho a promover y luchar por la protección de los derechos humanos fundamentales, incluido el derecho a la vivienda, sin represalias ni temores a ser reprimidos. Esto es esencial para construir y mantener sociedades fuertes, abiertas y democráticas. 
Time’s Up: World Must Hold Israel Accountable + Restore Rights of Palestinians

Time's Up: World Must Hold Israel Accountable + Restore Rights of Palestinians

A comment on the current situation in Sheikh Jarrah by the former UN Special Rapporteur in the Right to Adequate Housing.

Letter to South African Minister of Human Settlements, Water, & Sanitation

Letter to South African Minister of Human Settlements, Water, & Sanitation

Letter of concern from The Shift to the South African Minister of Human Settlements, regarding a failure to provide rent relief to tenants affected by the pandemic 8 months after announcing a rent relief scheme. Consequently, tenants who have fallen into arrears have been subject to threats and/or intimidation.

 

Image courtesy of BBC.

Urgent Advisory – Greek Government Strips Thousands of Refugees of their Housing

Urgent Advisory - Greek Government Strips Thousands of Refugees of their Housing

The Shift is deeply concerned by information received regarding the termination of the Filoxenia temporary housing programme in Greece that has left over 2,000 refugees without access to adequate housing. Consequently, hundreds of families are now sleeping outside, and more are likely to be driven out in the coming days.

Image Courtesy of France 24.

Nota Urgente: Se tiene que declarar una moratoria a desalojos en CDMX

Nota Urgente: Se tiene que declarar una moratoria a desalojos en CDMX

La Directora Global de The Shift, Leilani Farha, urge a la Jefa de Gobierno de la Ciudad de Mexico  que implemente una moratoria que incluya todos los desalojos durante la pandemia y durante un tiempo razonable después de la misma.

Letter from Ylva Johansson (Member of the European Commission) regarding the Moria Refugee Camp fire

Letter from Ylva Johansson (Member of the European Commission) regarding the Moria Refugee Camp fire

Letter from Ylva Johansson (Member of the European Commission) regarding the Moria Refugee Camp fire

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