Thematic reports

Human Rights-Based Housing Strategies

The report provides States and other actors with concrete guidance on implementing effective-rights based housing strategies, reflecting that strategies are not “one size fits all” but all need to include 10 key principles.

The Right to Life and the Right to Housing

The right to life and the right to housing are indivisible and interdependent. The right to life cannot be separated from the right to a secure place to live, and the right to a secure place to live only has meaning in the context of a right to live in dignity and security, free of violence.

The Right to Adequate Housing of Persons with Disabilities

The fundamental principles of a human rights-based approach to disability must be engaged to address the widespread human rights violations of persons with disabilities in their housing, and to realize their right to housing.

Responsibilities of Local and Other Sub-National Governments

In the context of the a trend towards decentralization of responsibilities, local and subnational governments should be cognizant of and accountable to the human rights obligations that go along with their growing responsibilities.

The Right to Housing and the New Urban Agenda

The right to housing must guide the development and implementation of a New Urban Agenda, adopted at Habitat III in October 2016, engaging the transformative qualities of the right to housing in cities.

Homelessness as a Global Human Rights Crisis

Homelessness is a global human rights crisis directly linked to increased inequality of wealth and property, and of the failure of States to adhere to their international human rights obligations, requiring urgent attention grounded in the right to housing.

The Right to Housing of Indigenous Peoples

The Right to Housing of Indigenous Peoples

This report contains guidance for States, indigenous authorities and other actors on how to ensure that their obligations under international human rights law regarding the right to housing are met in conformity with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Guidelines for the Implementation of the Right to Housing

Guidelines for the Implementation of the Right to Housing

This report contains Guidelines for the Implementation of the Right to Adequate Housing, focusing on the key requirements of effective rights-based responses to emerging challenges to the right to housing.

Access to Justice for the Right to Housing

Access to Justice for the Right to Housing

This report examines the critical issue of access to justice for the right to housing.

The Financialization of Housing

The Financialization of Housing

In response to the systems that treat housing as a commodity at the expense of people’s right to housing, States must redefine their relationship with private investors, international financial institutions and financial markets to reclaim housing as a human right.

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